# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 23

From the archives

28th June 2011

GLADIOLA (Gladiolas cardinalis)

For those new to my nature blog, I’m trying to post a photo a day from my archives throughout the Coronavirus ‘lockdown’ but I did start a bit late as I’m only up to Day 23.

Our Australian Prime Minister said yesterday that this lockdown will not change for the next 4 weeks at least,  but I think it will be many months before life will get back to ‘normal’ – whatever that normal might be.   I suspect things won’t change that much until we find a ‘treatment’ (or vaccine).

As a ‘high risk’ person with serious heart and multiple other chronic health conditions, I can’t afford to go out in public at all – (although this does mean I’m eligible for supermarket home delivery each week  😀  ).   I have got used to staying at home 97% of the time in the last 12-15 months anyway due to severe osteoarthritis in my right hip so can’t walk too much.   I caught the flu in the epidemic back in 2004 and that was bad enough.

I do miss my nature photography walks I must admit.   Now more than ever as the blistering heat of our Australian summer has left us and I’d love to go for a long walk outdoors in the fresh air.

There will be the occasional day when I’m too busy with household chores or other tasks online to post a photo, but I do hope you enjoy cruising through my photo archives with me.   I’ve got a large photo archive to chose from, but I get so wrapped up in looking at old photos, I have trouble choosing just one image for the day surprisingly enough.

2011 was before I started getting into bird or street photography so it’ll mostly be flowers at the moment.

 

GLADIOLUS (Gladiolus cardinalis)

You don’t seem to see Gladiolus in many residential gardens in Australia these days, but they were a great favourite of my Mother in our quarter acre first home block.  My Mother had a massive garden, both ornamental in the steep slope in front of our house, as well as the vegetable gardens and fruit trees in the rear yard.

There are around 260 species with thousands of cultivars and most originated in South Africa.

They should have a sunny situation protected from wind with a well-drained soil, but will tolerate periods of dryness once they’re established.

The funnel-shaped floors open from the bottom of the stem upwards and come in shades of white, red, pink, yellow, orange and some bicolour.

These images of the gorgeous GLADIOLUS (Gladiolus cardinals), a hybrid, come to you from our Royal Botanic Gardens here in Melbourne, but I daresay are easy enough to find in any local plant nursery or online supplier if you want them in your ‘Aussie’ garden.