When I lived in Champaign, IL, I loved to go to the farmer's market and one of the things I always bought was gladiolas. Just a couple stems each week. I finally got around to visiting the Lake Geneva farmer's market and while it's nowhere near as big and fancy as Urbana, it's still pretty nice. And they have flowers, including zinnias! So cheerful, they even brighten the massive piles of stuff on my desk. I paid $6 for a bunch and still had some left over after this to give a friend! They did wilt really fast and I think they do better if just the tip of the stem is in the water apparently.