4 Flowers You Should Buy Come Spring
You may have heard that eating seasonally is better for both you and the environment, but have you ever thought about shopping seasonally? When it comes to flowers, most people only think about seasonality when/if it comes time for a wedding. In fact, if you google "seasonal spring flowers," most search engines will point you towards articles that are geared for brides. As a bride myself, I was fascinated to learn that my favorite flowers (peonies) are out of season in October, my wedding month. "Oh well," I thought to myself, better find a new favorite! I believe that trying to live in harmony with mother nature is easier/more beneficial than going against her. Like fresh food, fresh flowers are better when purchased during their growing season. It's more likely that they are coming from a closer region. And what does that mean? It means by purchasing flowers in season, you support local farms. Additionally, the flowers will inevitably travel less, and so they will last longer, and look better.
I like to keep fresh flowers in the apartment because they bring a calming energy to my space. Flowers breathe life into a room. And have you ever tried to throw them out before they were good and ready? Because I was leaving for Japan, I had to throw out the flowers photographed for this article. It physically hurt me to toss them down the chute. I (embarrassingly) kissed each fragrant friend goodbye. Point being: incorporate seasonal flowers into your life, and never look back.
Here are my four recommendations for flowers to look for when spring peaks her mischievous grin out:
1. Peonies (!!!) : Look for peonies that are tightly bound as this means they will last longer at home. Cut these flowers on an angle. A good rule of thumb is that flowers with a hard/thick stem are cut on an angle whereas flowers with a softer/foamier stem are cut straight across.
2. Tulips : I adore parrot and frilly tulip varieties, but any will do! Remember that tulips will continue to grown and "crank their neck out" from the vase, so choose a tall vessel that supports them.
3. Daffodils/Narcissus: Oh narcissus, have you read the myth? These are the sunniest of flowers, and mesh well with tulips.
4. Lilac: The scent of lilac in your home is intoxicating. When I went to pick these flowers up from the florist, she told me a game she always plays: find a flower with 5 leaves on it, then make a wish. We looked, and looked, and looked, and I had no luck. But Eka found one! And so we wished! Lilacs have very thick branches, so be sure not cut them with shears. Instead, rip the branch with your hands to the height you need. If you absolutely must use shears, be sure to also snip the branch vertically to open the water passageways. If you have questions about this, feel free to ask in the comments!
What are your favorite flowers to buy when spring comes peaking her head out?
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