Could you come over and snap mine for me please? I've been trying to get decent pics and failing dismally! ;o)
What you can't see is my left hand holding the top of the flower to pull the plant straight and keep it still (it was a bit breezy when I took this), and my right hand holding a reflector to bounce the light back and reduce strong shadows on the right side of the flower. The camera was on a tripod and I used the timer function.
Beautiful! Like the purple shades. Gladioli are one of my favourite flowers, it is my birth month flower.
That is a particularly lovely shade.