Spring flowers: Nothing lifts our mood like them they are natures natural mood enhancers!
Is it just us, or are all these recent storms making you DESPERATE for Spring to finally arrive and bring us some sunshine?! The good news is that Spring flowers are already here in abundance to brighten the dreary days with their beautiful forms, textures and scents. While it’s true that Spring flowers don’t have quite as long a vase life as flowers found at other points in the year, there are steps you can take to enjoy these beautiful blooms for longer. Here we round up some of our favourites, complete with tips on how to care for them to improve longevity.
Anemone: This delicate flower with its papery petals and striking black centre is one of the season’s most sought after blooms. British grown anemones are relatively inexpensive, anemones can be used to add strong, dramatic focal points to an arrangement without breaking the bank. The Italian and dutch grown variety are much taller and new varieties including double petalled ones are being introduced all the time.
Like with all Spring flowers, anemones are particularly thirsty so water levels need to be topped up regularly and often on a daily basis if placed in a home with central heating. Their flower heads open quickly in warm environments so displaying them in a cool spot is ideal.
Narcissus: Few can resist the heavenly scent of paperwhite and jonquil narcissi and the cheerfulness that a simple yellow daffodil radiates is quite remarkable. This family of flowers just screams “Spring” and spotting them while out and about gives us the first sign that Winter is coming to an end. They are Named after a Greek God who fell in love with his own reflection.
We always buy British grown narcissus and daffodils, through our suppliers at New Covent Garden flower market. There are so many varieties and colours, buying British means they are fresh from the growers and these are a very purse friendly flower which lasts at least a week.
When conditioning your narcissi, it’s a good idea to cut the stems and stand them in water for 24 hours before adding into an arrangement with other flowers. This ensures that the toxic sap within the fleshy stems has a chance to bleed out, preventing it from damaging and shortening the vase life of the other flowers in your display.
Tulip: Often the first Spring flower that we florists can buy from the flower market, the huge range of tulips now available is staggering, from simple and stylish single headed forms, to parrot varieties with their abundance of petals and some have serrated edges that look like they’ve had the tips of their petals snipped by hand! We even have French grown tulips which have huge flower heads and really long stems, these are fabulous in larger vase arrangements. See them here in a fabulous statement staircase display from a spring wedding.
You may have noticed that tulips in your vase or arrangement get taller as the days go by and bend, twist and turn in unexpected ways. Like some other Spring flowers, they continue to grow after being cut and are phototropic, meaning that they grow towards the light. With tulips the effect is really obvious and this movement makes for magnificent, constantly changing arrangements when displayed en masse on their own. When using tulips alongside other flowers, however, it’s worth making allowances for this movement by wiring stems to encourage them to stay straight and placing them low down within an arrangement in anticipation of their quick growth. We also add in some folded newspaper int the bottom of the vase to encourage straight growth, an old wives the but it seems to work but not suitable for clear glass vases.
Ranunculus: Otherwise known as the “Persian buttercup”, this especially beautiful and blousy bloom is a great substitute for peonies and garden roses at this time of year. They come in a range of stunning colours. Giant “Clooni Hanoi” ranunculus have become a particular favourite at weddings, as seen here in this stunning mantlepiece display we created for Ruth and Jason’s wedding at Dulwich College last April.
Ranunculus survive best in fairly shallow water as the tiny hairs on their stems can start to rot if the water is too deep. They can be water polluters so it’s best to change the water they’re in every other day.
Many of our bouquets for delivery include stunning anemones, narcissus, tulips and ranunculus at this time of year – check out our “Wild & Whimsical”, “Bold & Beautiful” and “Simply Stylish” ranges here.
For more tips on caring for Spring flowers and to try your hand at arranging a host of British blooms and foliage into a beautiful design yourself, come along to our Scents of Spring flower workshop on 28th March. All details can be found here https:peshflowers.co.uk/workshops/