Happy Hump Day Friends!
For today’s hump day treat, we give you Part 3 in our Seasonal Blooms for Your Bouquet series. Spring. When we think of spring, we think of rejuvenation and renewal. You know, all that PNW rain washing the dark and dirty winter off of us. We can’t wait for that first crocus to bloom and the amazing fragrances that will grace us as we walk through a beautiful Spring Seattle. Here are some of our favorite flowers to use in your spring wedding bouquet.
Anemone – Among some of our early spring bloomers like crocus and snowdrop, the anemone can get up to 9 days of life out of them after being cut so they are an excellent addition to any of your floral arrangements or bouquets. The anemone is said to have sprung forth from the mingling drops of blood and nectar from the body of Adonis as he was carried by Aphrodite out of the forest where he was killed. The drops fell to the ground and from the earth came anemones. We love how striking these flowers look – beautiful streaks of color surrounding a deep purple button. Anemone is the Greek word for windflower and so this flower represents the feeling of anticipation.
Freesia – A great flower for spring for two reasons. The gardener has the ability to plant this in colder temperatures, making it some of the first bulbs that get planted in the flower season. And because it only takes about 5 weeks from planting until flowering. Freesias are among some of our “newer” flowers as they derive from the 19th Century and are named after German physician Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese. These bell-shaped blooms range from white to yellow, pink to red, and blue to purple and have a citrus fragrance. Freesias are associated with friendship and innocence.
Sweet Pea – Brought to you by the month of April, these flowers were first cultivated in the 17th Century for their sweet fragrance, and were written about in one of Keats’ first known poems, I Stood tip-toe upon a little hill. Sweet Peas come in a wide range of colors, most often in purple, and never in yellow. The petals can also dress tables in your reception for a sweet-smelling decorative touch. This flower is associated with delicacy and bliss.
Tulip – The Tulip is the symbol of perfect love, with varying degrees based on the colors of the bloom. First cultivated by the Turks during the height of the Ottoman Empire, it later made its way to Europe where the Dutch loved it so much they adapted it as the Netherlands’ national flower. Coming in every color of the Crayola Rainbow, the tulip can be bold and solid, or when “broken” have beautiful streaking in its petals. This flower is feminine and demure and makes a great bouquet on its own, or mixed with other spring flowers.
Peony – Another flower named after a Greek who got turned into a flower. Paeon was the student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. And when Paeon left Asclepius to pursue his own medicine, including harvesting a magical root from Mount Olympus that would help women with childbirth pains, Asclepius became extremely jealous and plotted against Paeon’s life. So Zeus, being his usual interfering self, turned Paean into a flower and saved him! If being transformed into a flower can be considered salvation. This voluminous late spring bloomer offers colors of reds, pinks, whites, and yellows. The peony is a plant of healing and represents happiness, life, and prosperity.
For spring fillers use Queen Anne’s Lace, Sage (which can come tinted in several colors), Stock, Lavender, Solidago, Muscari, and Waxflower.
Next Wednesday we bring you the final article in our Seasonal Blooms series: Summer. In the meantime, we hope that you will share your thoughts with us on your favorite flowers for the spring season. And be sure to visit our Pinterest page to see even more photos of beautiful bouquets we love.