Just abstract shapes really. I don't know much about these lovely flowers but I found this little bit of folklore.......
According to Jesica Conrad, Beltrami County Master Gardner:
"In gladiola folklore, when Apollo accidentally slew his friend Hyancinthus, gladiolas sprang from his blood. That is why gladiolas are often associated with grief, a common funeral bouquet. In folk tradition, young men wore gladiolas to the marriages of their friends symbolizing the parting of their youth. Gladiolas are also thought to be the lilies of the field that Jesus referred to in the Sermon on the Mount. In the Victorian Language of Flowers, the gladiola represents strength of character. The name Gladiolus is from the Latin gladius, meaning “small sword.”
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