Saturday, September 22

Upon Further Review...


... I misidentified this particular gladiolus in the title of my last post. It was most definitely an error, not a bloop single. I've seen cheap Hawaiian leis sold in bundles of 100 with more natural-looking color schemes.

On the bright side, I don't have to change my batting average. 1 homerun, 1 error and 1 whiff still = 1/3, or .333. The calls resulting in the title of my post actually would have earned me an unheard-of .667 batting average instead... so my calculations didn't jive from the beginning. (I really do know my baseball, but math has never been my strong suit.)

13 comments:

jodi said...

I don't speak baseball, Kim, so I'm missing a bit of your analogy. I take it you don't like this flower, but your photography is too good to prove your point, as it really shows the glad off nicely. And this, perversely, means that I really LIKE this glad you've shown us, because it DOESN'T have a natural colour scheme! It's rather refreshing, actually, although I AM sitting here trying to figure out what I would plant it with. Maybe something bronzy or purple. I'll ponder it again. I am thinking the reason I like this is because it IS a bit of a different colour combo for this time of year, when we have a lot of golds, russets, magentas, oranges, etc--and this is none of the above.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Jodi, I went back to look and I see what you mean. I guess I should have shown it more in context--the biggest problem is that it resides between two different kinds of orange-flowered, purple-leaf cannas. ('Wyoming' and 'Red King Humbert' that might have been mislabeled because it's very orange.) In comparison, the glad looks very... well, distressingly sherbet-colored. It just doesn't hold up!

Carol said...

Kim... I have to agree with you, that is one ugly glad! I don't know too much that it would go well with.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

Dharma said...

What is the purple-leaved thing behind and underneath it? I think it makes a nice contrast, and understand, I do not like Glads. But I *do* evidently like loud colors and contrast. :)

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Carol, maybe in a tropical garden? Or a kids' garden--I can see this being in a "gladiolus rainbow" of sorts.

dharma, loud colors and contrast? You're a girl after my own heart! Funny that you do not like glads and yet you like this as a contrast... I like glads and contrast, but I don't like this. Totally opposite. :)

The purple-leaved thing around it is another self-sown 'Hopi Red Dye' amaranth. I have lots of posts about it throughout the blog, in fact. I wonder if there's a way you could search for it within my blog? Lots of pictures and lots of posts. It's such a great mingler with that purple leaf and the spikey purpley-red flowers! (And it's apparently edible, too. And you can use its flower heads for color dye.)

kate said...

The gladiolus doesn't look great with the Amaranthus. Your batting average looks pretty good to me!

snappy said...

I love the Gladiolus.The colours are very bright.The Peach/Yellow colours mingle together.
Isnt the normal batting Average .333?For all major league players. The better batters have .400 or so...
I love the way your garden and the Baseball Season become entwined.My favourite baseball story was the Tinpot league..in the winter when there was no baseball and it was cold people would sit by tin stoves and talk baseball.Best players, best managers, how next season might turn out...
When its cold and the garden is bare you can do your own tin pot league.Work out where to replant the Gladiolus or who to give it too..
Your posts make me smile :), there is always next season!

The County Clerk said...

Too funny.

Layanee said...

Kim: Baseball is an enigma to me. Although my daughter is, right now, sitting in a seat in the stadium in Tampa watching her beloved Red Sox! My question is always, Why? Anyway, I like this glad and while I did plant the red ones, they are not the red I wanted (color packages really lie) but I like this one. Maybe with goldenrod and ...okay, in a vase!

Kylee said...

This really IS too funny. In my September blooms post, I commented that I like flowers that are pink and yellow combo.

Seriously, Kim! The more I read, the more I wonder what you're going to think of my gardens!! LOL!!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I never grow glads in beds or borders. I only like them in a cutting garden. I'm with the Englishman on this one, I like the colors. It took a long time to appreciate orange (yellow, too) flowers but now I love them. You have a good 'batting' average, Kim. Gardening is all about experimenting.

Note to Snappy, the last person to bat .400 in our major leauges was Ted Williams, aka the Splendid Splinter, when he hit .406 in 1941. .333 is considered an excellent average.

lisa said...

Kim, I love your baseball analogy (even if I don't fully understand it)...but I actually like the glad, too. I have a suspicion that your idea of hell on earth would be a Barbie-doll pink bedroom with frilly pink bed linens! (This concept nauseates me too, actually.)

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