Gladiolus : Cee’s Black and White Challenge

Still on the flower topic

I sent this photo to my photography tutor and he thought it was a very good composition in B&W.


Swart en Wit  – Interessant en kreatief opgestel met netjies fokus en beligting. Al die skakerings tussen swart en wit is skoon en helder en met goeie beligting word tekstuur en definisie duidelik weergee. Die amper diagonale plasing verhoog ook die trefkrag van die foto. Keurige werk.

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Gladioli : Flower power


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The genus Gladiolus contains about 260 species, of which 250 are native to sub-Saharan Africa, mostly South Africa. About 10 species are native to Eurasia. There are 160 species of Gladiolus endemic in southern Africa and 76 in tropical Africa. The flowers of unmodified wild species vary from very small to perhaps 40 mm across, and inflorescences bearing anything from one to several flowers. The spectacular giant flower spikes in commerce are the products of centuries of hybridisation, selection, and perhaps more drastic manipulation.

I have some gladioli in my small back yard.

Gladioli are half-hardy in temperate climates. They grow from rounded, symmetrical corms, that are enveloped in several layers of brownish, fibrous tunics.

Their stems are generally unbranched, producing 1 to 9 narrow, sword-shaped, longitudinal grooved leaves, enclosed in a sheath. The lowest leaf is shortened to a cataphyll. The leaf blades can be plane or cruciform in cross section.