12×18 original pastel on sanded paper

I can’t remember where I found these gladiolas, but they reminded me of my first bulbs ever planted in South Carolina.  When we purchased our home, it was already beautifully landscaped.  I had all kinds of flowering perennials.  As you drove up the long driveway toward the house, there was a circle to drive around.  In there I planted some glads.  There is something terrific about planting bulbs.  You almost forget about them.  Then you get a surprise as a strong leaf pokes through the surface.  Every day you watch and see the growth.  The flowers pop like popcorn when they are ready to show themselves.