5 Flowers For Spring That Will Add Luster To Any Room0 comments
5 Flowers For Spring That Will Add Luster To Any Room
Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal. Once a small spot of hope surrounding our dreary winter days, flowers have come to colorful fruition. Chirping birds, earlier sunrises, and bright blooms await us to bring warmth, beauty, and bees.
We've gathered some fun facts about five of our favorite spring flowers below: make sure to request them as part of your next Hidden Garden bouquet!
Our Top 5 Favorite Springtime Blooms
- Magnolia Blooms
- BONUS BLOOM!
The magnolia blossom is named after Pierre Magnol, a French botanist who presented the flower in 1689. Magnolias are members of the Magnoliaceae family, which are thought to be around for more than 100 million years. Blooming in many colors and sizes, these flowers can be as small as an inch or as large as 3 feet across! Magnolias also come in several colors: white, pink, lavender, and yellow. They're native to North and South America, the Himalayas, and East Asia and typically bloom in early Spring. Did you know that beetles pollinate magnolias and produce unusual fruit? These gorgeous trees can take years to bloom and have been known to be difficult to grow from seed; you'll often see them sold as potted plants in nurseries. If you have one in your garden and it takes years to bloom, just remember: your patience will be rewarded!
Unfortunately, this bloom is not one you can purchase in our arrangements, but it is one you can easily catch sight of when walking through your local neighborhood park.
The national flower of Holland, the tulip was initially cultivated in Turkey as far back as the 16th century. Named after the Dutch word "tulpen," similar to its Turkish counterpart "tulipan, named so after the turbans worn by Turkish soldiers. They were popularized by Dutch gardeners in the 17th century, who bred them into all kinds of colors and patterns. "All kinds" have now reached the 3,000 mark and cover the color spectrum and texture tally. From "fringed" to "parrot" and "double" to "french" varietals, tulips simply can not be stopped.
Fun fact, tulips were originally grown for their medicinal properties, as they were thought to improve vision and help with digestion.*
Daffodils are known as Narcissus in Greek mythology, where they're said to bloom after death, which is very befitting of this early springtime bloom. This myth comes from the Greek story of Narcissus falling in love with his own reflection—the droopy-headed flowers seem to mirror Narcissus, who fell, bending over to catch his image in a pool of water.
Originating from Asia Minor, it's said that they are one of the oldest recorded flowers. Dazzlingly yellow and white, they were cultivated by ancient Grecians and Romans, who later brought them into Britain. Fun fact, they were mentioned by Chaucer in his writings "Canterbury tales!" Even then, people were impressed by their eccentric yet inviting shape and color.
According to Greek mythology, these beautiful blooms were named after a young, radiant man who had attracted the love of the god Apollo. When a discus hit him in the head by a jealous lover of Apollo and caused his untimely death, it's said that a hyacinth sprang from the cut in his head.
If you don't take much to Greek Mythology, the Grecians named this floral after its sweet fragrance--'hyakinthos' means "sweet violet flower." However, it comes in many different colors, including lavender, white, bright pink, and the most gorgeous shade of magenta. Hyacinths are often used as a symbol of rebirth because they flower in late winter when the snow melts away, and new life emerges from the ground.
A classic spring flower, they are recognizable by their luscious and sweet smell, which has long been used for perfume (ancient Egyptians even used them!). Accompanying their scent are long, thin stems and clusters of soft, velvety flowers in shades of pink, purple, and creams. Native to Eastern Europe (and temperate parts of Asia,) they were brought to Europe by the Romans and then shared with the Americas by the Dutch. Romans have been recorded wearing them in wreaths during funerals, but in China, they're thought to bring good luck. Similarly, the Greeks believed that planting a lilac bush in your garden would attract bees and butterflies—symbols of love, thought to mate for life. Indeed, there has always been a time and place well intended for all to enjoy the lilac.
Did you know that lilacs are part of the olive family, making them relatives to avocados? Lilacs are also said to be edible. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, and the roots can be brewed into tea!*
BONUS: Cherry Blossoms
It's truly Spring once the Cherry Blossoms have bloomed. Native to Japan, they are known as 桜 (sakura). They're indigenous to China as well, where they're called 櫻花 (Yīng huā).
In Japan, cherry blossoms are considered to be symbols of beauty and life. They bloom at the same time every year but only for about two weeks- so enjoy the fleeting images that pop up on your social media over the next few weeks! The Japanese celebrate this time with a Hanami festival, which involves sitting outside under the cherry blossoms and eating lots of food while drinking sake.
While we all can't afford a trip to Japan this year, you can see them in full bloom right now on the east and west coast of the United States and throughout, based on your state's weather conditions!
It's safe to say that with the warmer weather on its way, we collectively are ready to lift open our windows, spruce up our space and invite in the outdoors. Help your space come alive with any of our top 5 favorite spring florals, or better yet, call us today to create a unique spring bouquet designed just for you.
*The Hidden Garden only supports the consumption of plants or herbs with personal due diligence and speaking with your doctor.