You certainly know when spring has arrived as parks, gardens and verges begin to shine. If you’re a gardener you’ll have no end of colour to enjoy from Christmas to Easter. Even if you don’t have your own plot, you can still enjoy cut spring flowers in your home.
Do you have any Spring flower favourites?
Personally, I like to enjoy my flowers with the changing seasons. For this reason I have an aversion to buying daffodils and tulips before I’ve even celebrated the festive season and New Year.
Whatever your favourite flower outlet, you’ll find that daffodils and tulips are plentiful – you’ll find them at your High Street florist, your local supermarket and on street markets. Hyacinths are also becoming widely available as a cut flower, with anemones and ranunculus probably needing to be sourced direct from your florist – but you might strike lucky …
I like to buy my daffodils when they’re in tight bud – they come bundled in elastic bands like a clutch of colouring pencils. As the flowers mature the bud casing cracks open and the flower head drops sideways, before the full glory of the head and trumpet are revealed. They look fabulous massed together in a simple vase. Usually there’s a deal on, so I’d advise buying multiple bunches and enjoy a pop of colour in your living room.
Hyacinths are a really long lasting cut flower. They can also be forced/grown indoors for colour and make a fabulous Christmas gift. When you buy hyacinths you’ll notice that rather than being cut off at the bulb, they have been cored out, so that the stem is still attached to it original source of nutrients. Apparently this is the secret to their longevity indoors. I’d pare away the exposed end of the bulb, discard the leaves that fall away and again mass them in a simple vase. I love the scent of hyacinths, but if you’re gifting hyacinths you may want to check with the recipient that they don’t aggravate any allergies they may have.
In my garden tulips are quite late flowering – arriving in April/May, rather than bursting into colour as you might imagine, in the New Year. Once purchased I suggest peeling off the outer leaves (not the petals), which are often quite raggedy and damaged. Once in water you’ll notice that the tulips continue growing in length and swoop off towards the sunlight (phototropism) – this is a spring flower that has a life of its own! I like decorating my home with tulips at Easter: their ovoid heads echoing the shape of Easter eggs.
Anemones and Ranunculus
For a touch of luxury you cannot go wrong with anemones, with their black centres and simple petal form. Much like ranunculus (with its much fuller, multi-petalled head), these flowers are more robust than you might think. Although, they have soft/hollow stems, so prefer being arranged in water rather than being pushed (and crushed) into floral foam.
Enjoy your flowers
Whatever flowers you chose for spring I’m sure you’ll enjoy them. Don’t forget that you’ll need to give your stems a fresh cut when you get them indoors so that they can drink properly in their vase of water. If you haven’t seen it already, why not check out my blog post on conditioning flowers – you’ll find it here.
A word of warning though – if you’re arranging mixed bunches of spring flowers, daffodils do ooze a sappy gunge, so I’d suggest keeping them separate from your other flowers.
How about some foliage?
I love spring flowers on their own in a vase. If you find that your flowers are flopping a bit I suggest adding some foliage from the garden, or your florist, to give your flowers a bit of support. For advice on some “useful” greenery I suggest you take a look at this blog post from The Middle-Sized Garden.
Until next time, happy flowers!
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