Transforming the Gladiolus
When Mr. Burbank first began his work with the gladiolus, its blossoms were widely separated on a long stalk. The direct color photograph print above shows how he has brought them into a compact mass, and how, in many cases, he has trained them to bloom around the entire stalk instead of only on two sides as before. Mr. Burbank also increased the size and strength of the gladiolus stalk that it might better withstand the winds-all of these things in addition to the wonderful improvements he has wrought in the flower itself.
This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 1 Chapter 8