Miniature Gladiolus and Winter Fruits

I found this one miniature gladiolus growing in a large pot in a sunny place. It hasn’t been subjected to the mud which is everywhere at ground level and so is flowering while we are still technically in Winter.

With it is Cerinthe or Honeywort, an early plant just coming in to flower, with it’s lovely leaves varying from light yellow green through to almost turquoise and the purple flowers bees love. I added a few rocket flowers from winter salad pots on the deck at the last.

I’ve paired the flowers with grapefruit which matches the slightly greenish yellow in the gladiolus, a red tamarillo, some habaneros which have fruited all winter in the unheated greenhouse, and a jar of last year’s honey which has crystalised in beautiful little flower shapes.

Winter fruit with crystal honey flowers

The Kanuka trees make a honey which crystallises easily, but mostly it just turns to sugar in the jar. I have no idea why a few jars have crystalised so beautifully. It’s like delicious cake decorations to eat. I’ve been making ice cream lately, so perhaps I should try stirring some in, or drizzling it on top.

Crystalised honey in shapes like flowers
Cerinthe flower and leaves with miniature gladiolus
Cerinthe flower with rocket flower and the edges of gladiolus
Miniature gladiolus in a vase with winter fruits

See more vases of flowers or contribute your own any Monday at Rambling in the Garden.

5 thoughts on “Miniature Gladiolus and Winter Fruits

  1. A beautiful vignette with your fruit matching the gladiolus so well. πŸ˜ƒ How cold does it usually get in your winter Cath? Do you ever have frost or snow?

  2. Beautiful and inspiring! I have a fondness for gladiolas and only recently began growing cerinthe, so your arrangement goes straight to my heart. The flower crystals of honey is amazing. Have a great week.

  3. What a beautiful and effective tableau, Cath and what an intriguing cross-season selection! Everything works so well together and I love the tall thin vase

  4. How surprising to have those flowers, especially the gladiola, appear so early! We’re smack in the middle of summer here and I’ve only seen one gladiola thus far. Ice cream with crystallized honey sounds good to me πŸ˜‰

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