Here's a couple of "up close" photos of Gladiolus flowers. The corms for these plants can't survive a zone 5 winter in the ground, so we have to dig them up each fall, store them in the basement, and replant them in the spring. This year we didn't get around to replanting them until early summer, but they responded by sprouting quickly, especially in the rich sandy loam that we mixed for our new flower beds.
Here's a pink-flowered one with a visitor -
Here's a very close view of a white-flowered one -
Here's some pink flowers along with the long, straight, straplike leaves -