The gladioli are in flower. I have them planted outside the fence where they make a good show.
The name gladiolus comes from the Latin gladius meaning sword, because the stem is similar to a sword blade. They are considered to be symbol of friendship, loyalty, memory, and nobility, because of a legend where Thracian soldiers refused to become gladiators and kill each other. Instead they stuck their swords in the ground and rushed to hug each other.
Gladioli are thought to be the ‘lilies of the field’ that Jesus referred to in the Sermon on the Mount, because they grew wild and abundantly in the Holy Land
“This is a tall and stately flower
which could complement any bower.”