My gladiolus have been blooming for weeks, much earlier than a normal year, but until yesterday I didn't have a decent spike. The first blooms were dry and the spikes brittle from intense heat and drought. I should have watered the corms (bulbs), but this only the second year I've grown these beautiful flowers, so I plead ignorance. Iowa's long heat spell finally broke this week and the newest blooms are much nicer. Here is my favorite. Is the color orange, red, pink, coral, or a mix? I love it.
For more information on growing glads, here is a good site: http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/ygbriefs/h149gladiolus.html