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We’ve had a bit of a rocky start to spring so far this year, as I type this on 11th April we’ve just had a massive dump of snow, it’s been freezing but I also managed to get a touch of sunburn on Easter Sunday.  I wanted to dedicate this blog post to the beauty of spring flowers.  There really is something quite magical about them, maybe it’s to do with the scarcity of winter, and this one has been a really long one for all of us.

For me, it starts with the spring jewel, the Anemone.  They come is so many beautiful colours from pure white to vivid red and deep purple.  They’re not a fan of the cold and can open and close at a whim, but once they’re open – wow!  I believe they enhance any floral arrangement and they never cease to amaze me. They look stunning in bridal bouquets, but we have to get them in a good few days before to make sure they’re open.

Daffodil’s – This is an obvious one, but there is something about them that makes me…well happy.  There are also lots of different varieties from the ones you see by the roadside or in parks.  My particular favourites are these double Ds.  I also get hypnotized by the smell of the smaller headed Narcissi, again the white gladioli variety are simply beautiful. These also work really well as a potted plant.

Hellebores, you’ve probably seen them in your garden or a friends garden, they tend to stand out as the only flowers in the bed in early spring.  They are super delicate and can be tricksy to use.  They need conditioning slightly differently as well, we have to sear their stems in boiling water to keep them going.  However I just can’t resist them – these Ellen’s are so pretty.

Muscari or Grape Hyacinth. These are lovely little flowers which add a gorgeous pop of blue.  You start seeing them in gardens and woodland late March early April, not to be confused with Bluebells.  These are also great bulbs to pot in an indoor plant arrangement and have a lovely sweet smell.

The Ranunculus.  They are fast becoming my favourite all-time flower.  They’re part of the Buttercup family and start off quite tight but then gradually open to layer upon layer of gorgeousness.  They come in a variety of different colours, some of which are just breathtaking.  They are also quite a long-lasting flower if conditioned and treated right making them perfect for your weekly bouquet or wedding work.

Lastly and by no means least, Tulips. Flowering from March to May they really bring so much joy.  From the large spectrum of colours to all the different types, such as frilly, parrot and doubles they are long-lasting and look great anywhere.  They are also great to use in wedding bouquets adding both colour and texture.  My faves are the white parrot, you’ll often see them in my spring work.

There are of course lots more spring flowers that are gorgeous and offer so much to any design.  Not to mention the emergence of blossom, it’s so short-lived but totaly worth it!

Lastly and by no means least, Tulips. Flowering from March to May they really bring so much joy.  From the large spectrum of colours to all the different types, such as frilly, parrot and doubles they are long-lasting and look great anywhere.  They are also great to use in wedding bouquets adding both colour and texture.  My faves are the white parrot, you’ll often see them in my spring work. There are of course lots more spring flowers that are gorgeous and offer so much to any design.  Not to mention the emergence of blossom, it’s so short-lived but totaly worth it!

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