This is a purple gladiola blooming in my yard. I planted a bunch of gladiola bulbs (actually corms) in my yard probably 4 or 5 years ago. They must like it here because they come back every year with no care or help at all. Their only problem is occasionally getting too tall and flopping over. I hear you can plant them deeper and they won't do this as badly, or just stake them. There are dwarf varieties that supposedly don't flop. My advice is to pick some colors that you like, stick them 6" deep in the ground in early spring, and let them "gladden" your heart.