Well we are going to waste no time over here and start talking about Spring! I think everyone is ready for it and last week it officially arrived. Although even though Spring is here, the weather does not seem to have gotten the memo. Well anyway, since it’s finally here we wanted to give you a list of our favorite seasonal flowers that can be found in Spring.
Better late than never right! This month’s flower is muscari, also known as grape hyacinth, which in Latin means “musky”. It’s super delicate and comes in the most intense shades of blues and purples. It can pretty much stand alone because of how beautiful it is but also works well as an accent flower in arrangements due to its small size and wonderful texture.
Hope you all had a great week and have a lovely weekend! Now for the roundup…
This month’s flower is celosia, also known as cockscomb. They’re said to represent a joyous, uncomplicated affection. While it may not be for everyone, but when used in an arrangement with other blooms, it adds a really fun texture to the overall look. Below we paired it with hydrangea, roses, freesia, curcuma, and calla lillies for a fresh white and green arrangement.
Our flower of the month for August is the full and lush hydrangea! Coming in a variety of colors like blues, purples, pinks, whites and greens, this flower can be seen in so many gardens during the summer and early fall. During our summer photo shoot in the Hamptons we were so lucky to be able to catch glimpses of it everywhere, even at our shoot location as seen in the instagram photo above (so gorgeous!). They are one of our favorite flowers to work with and work well in a variety of arrangements. The beautiful and versatile hydrangea with it’s wonderful little petals, are said to represent friendship, devotion and understanding.
One of our favorite flowers to use at B Floral is Freesia. Between their intoxicating citrus scent and dainty little bell-shaped blooms, we don’t know who doesn’t love them. We love using freesia as a filler flower in bouquets or when someone wants just a touch of green in the arrangement. Our favorite color is white, but the yellow, red and pink varieties are as equally stunning. In the language of flowers, freesia are said to symbolize innocence and friendship.
This month’s flower is the visually stunning Japanese Ranunculus. A photo simply does not do these flowers justice as you cannot see just how large the heads are. They are huge and it makes them such an amazing and special flower. We used them for a photo shoot this past month and after deliberating what we would like to work them into, we decided that they should be allowed to stand on their own and have nothing take away any attention from their beauty.
Our flower of the month is the peony. We get excited to see these large and full flowers every time we step into the flower market with their bright colors and intoxicating smell. Funny enough the flower actually acquired the Victorian meaning “bashfulness” which they certainly do not seem to have any of. They start becoming available in the late spring and last until early autumn. It’s sad that they’re beauty can only be found for such a short amount of time but I guess it only helps us to appreciate them even more.
This month’s flower is the beautiful cherry blossom. Cherry blossom trees generally bloom in the spring but with all the warm weather we have been having and the mild winter, you can expect them to start blooming sometime soon at the end of this month. Cherry blossoms are hugely symbolic in Japanese culture and not only symbolize clouds but are a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. The transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality and they can be found throughout Japan’s history.
Japan gave the United States thousands of cherry blossom trees in 1912 to celebrate the nations’ then growing friendship and have continued giving the United States more trees since then. There are quite a number of festivals held yearly to celebrate the beauty and significance of these trees but the largest is National Cherry Blossom Festival held in Washington, D.C.. The festival takes place from March 20-April 27 with peak blooms expected between March 20 and March 23rd.
Can’t make it to D.C. to take a look at these gorgeous, historically and culturally significant blooms? Well you can head on over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden‘s own Cherry Blossom festival to see these flowering trees up close. They even track the blooming of the trees on their website so you can make sure to head over there when the trees are in their full flowering glory.
This month’s flower is the tissue paper thin petaled Ranunculus. These lush, multi-petaled flowers are a more cost effective alternative to other full blooms such as peonies and garden roses. In the victorian language of flowers, to carry ranunculus, is to tell your partner to be that you are “dazzled by their charms.” We love going to the flower market and being able to see these beautiful flowers in the huge array of colors that they can be found in; from pale yellows to reds and oranges to pinks, whites or deep purples.
January’s flower of the month is the Casablanca Lily. These fragant flowers are said to be symbols of the celebration of family, friends and moments of congratulations. Their stark white color represents purity, cleanliness, and the innate innocence of the human spirit.