It is always a joyful experience: delicate white snow drops, bright little crocuses and glorious yellow daffodils spring up everywhere this time of year. Not just to be appreciated in their natural settings, many of these spring flowers can be found in flower shops. But these lovely beauties are more than just a pretty face – read on to find out some surprising facts about Britain’s most beloved spring time blooms.
Is there a more glorious site to see in spring time than clusters of bright yellow daffodils in our parks and gardens? Nature-lover and Victorian Romantic William Wordsworth compared them to ‘stars that shine/And twinkle in the Milky Way’ in his famous poem. These beautiful blooms certainly do brighten our moods during spring when there can still be a chill in the air. It’s unsurprising that these are the official flower for March!
Did you know? The daffodil is also known as narcissus – named after the young man in an Ancient Greek myth who fell in love with his own reflection and as he pined away, turned into a flower. Daffodils are often seen bowing their heads to the water on the banks of streams and rivers, making the name very apt.
You’ll see many different species of this favourite English flower in florists and growing wild, including the Jetfire which has an orange trumpet and yellow petals; the Thalia- a delicate white variety known as the orchid narcissus; Merlins – that have white petals and a petite yellow cup fringed with red; and the quail – a bright golden flower perhaps most associated with Easter and spring.
Narcissi are popular plants in Arab culture and said to have been praised by the prophet Mohammad, and in China they are said to bring good fortune. While in Victorian times these flowers represented chivalry, they’ve now come to symbolise hope and happiness and a gift of daffodils is said to ensure happiness for the receiver. Give a basket of spring narcissus to a loved one, friend or any special person in your life as an early Easter gift, and bring a little sunshine into their home.
These sweet little flowers are the first forbearers of spring in the UK – sprouting from the cold ground in February and March in shades of purple, white and yellow. Their strong perfumes lure in the bees and you’ll see these beautiful blooms scattered in parks, woodlands and anywhere their bulbs have been planted in Autumn – the best time to prepare these flowers for winter.
The fragrant auburn spice saffron is made from the dried stamens of crocus flowers, and 90% of all saffron is produce in Iran. It is the most expensive spice in the world because it requires 80,000 plants to make just one ounce of saffron. It is used in middle-eastern and Mediterranean dishes like paella, tagine and pilau rice.
Tulips belong to the lily family and, though the bloom for only a short time in spring, these vibrant flowers are a welcome splash of colour to green spaces during this time and make wonderful additions to people’s homes.
These stunning flowers have an amazing 75 wild species, 150 species in total and over 3000 varieties. They are found naturally in the Mediterranean, Asia and Eastern Europe and are the national flower of Turkey and Afghanistan. The tulip was first cultivated in the 10th century in Persia, and this beautiful and elegant flower is now loved around the world. They are available now in a variety of hybrids – with colours ranging from pink and purple, to deep crimson, white and even striped. As well as the popular smooth, vase shape, there are frilled and fringed petal varieties, water lily-shapes and slender, slim-petals that curve outwards.
During the Dutch Golden Age, in the 17th century, tulips rose in popularity so much that the price for their bulbs reached extraordinarily high levels. This time became known as ‘tulip mania’ and, though it was short-lived, the Netherlands still adore tulips and produce 4.32 billion blooms a year – over 90% of the tulip bulbs produced in the world!
A bouquet of tulips makes a wonderful Easter gift, or a gift ‘just because’! These affordable flowers are so colourful and have a sense of elegance and decadence, and make perfect presents for any occasion. A red and yellow Flora arrangement suggests all the sumptuousness of spring, incorporating passionate crimson with a joyful yellow. And for a sweet romantic gesture, pink tulips are bound to delight on any occasion this spring.
These intricate towers of dainty flowers originate in the Mediterranean and are named after the name of a flower that sprang from the blood of a young man accidentally killed by the god Apollo. There are around 30 types of this fragrant perennial flower and they are a favourite in the UK. They come in shades of white, yellow, orange and even black, but the most popular is the delicate blue/purple variety. They flower in March and April and are unsurprisingly loved by the bees looking for nectar at this time of year!
For a gorgeous spring or Easter floral gift, choose a basket of purple hyacinths for a special person. This makes a particularly lovely gift when so many of us live in flats and don’t have the luxury of a garden. A spring basket brings the garden inside! Or, for a special occasion, give a gift of hyacinths and chocolates: a delightful pink hyacinth in a matching vessel with scented soap and chocolates as well. What could make a better gift for Easter?
Take a look at the wonderful range of flowers from Flowers24Hours for more spring time inspiration.
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