This is the first year I've tried to grow Gladioli, or as I always heard growing up, Gladiolas. I bought a bag of bulbs earlier this spring, and had almost forgotten about planting them. Their foliage closely resembles the irises and lilies near them, and until this morning, had not seen any indication they would bloom this year. Walking about the gardens a few minutes ago, I found buds on four of my plants. The buds are really interesting to look at. They have an almost perfect herringbone pattern on them; I suppose each flower has its own little "home" in the burgeoning bud. The variety of these glads is called "Green With Envy" and should give me bright, lime-colored flowers!