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Journal / Wellness
springtime bouquets: the prettiest flowers to keep handy
Other than escaping the torment of winters brutal cold, the best thing about spring is the bounty of beautiful buds popping up. As soon as our favorite cheerful spring blooms begin showing their faces in our local floral shop, we start making bouquets for every space in our office. So which stems do we reach for first? Read on for our favorite seasonal spring blossoms.
Ranunculus: This beautiful bulb flower has tightly woven petals that stay fresh much longer than many of its springtime friends. To keep your ranunculus perky for days, remove all leaves from the base of the stem, cut the stem at a diagonal, and place in just a few inches of lukewarm water. We like to mix peppy ranunculus with some dramatic and delicate buds like sweet peas or peonies.
Angelique Tulips: Double petals and a soft pink hue make these lightly fragrant flowers a complete spring must-have. Once in full bloom, Angelique tulips look almost like peonies. Fluffy, diaphanous beauties! Be sure to buy your buds when they are still tightly closed. They will bloom to their full glory within a few days and youll be able to enjoy all their stages of beauty. If your tulips are too floppy in your vase, they can be gently held together mid-stem with a rubber band.
Freesia: Freesia makes our favorites list mostly due to its totally intoxicating fragrance. Freesias tend to drink a lot of water, so be sure to refresh them every day or so to ensure that they have the proper hydration to continue blooming. These springtime wonders are also very sensitive to ethylene gas, so keep them away from bowls of ripening fruit and remove wilted flowers immediately.
Daffodils: We prefer the classic yellow daffodil. Cheery, delicate and totally vibrant, daffodils quickly brighten up any space. Keep them in shallow water and avoid mixing them with other buds. Daffodils actually release a toxic substance that can make other flowers wilt.
Anemone: Anemone is actually a family of over 120 species of flowers! The most common one we stumble across in floral arrangements is anemone coronaria. Delicate petals and a fuzzy high contrast center make anemones the true star of any bouquet. Like freesia, anemones are extra thirsty so make sure to replace their water regularly.
Peony: The peony isnt called the queen of flowers for nothing! This wedding bouquet favorite is truly majestic at full bloom. Dense, fluffy petals look almost cloud-like when paired with more structured blossoms. Like any royal, peonies can be quite fussy. If they seem to be blooming too quickly and you want them to last longer, pop them in the fridge to keep them fresh.
Sweet Peas: These delicate little wisps are sometimes difficult to find due to their sensitive, easily crushed petals. So if you spot these fragrant beauties, snatch them up! When you first get them home, soak the entire stem in cool water for a few hours. Then, remove and arrange them in a vase with just a few inches of water. Mist them twice a day with water in a spray bottle to keep them fresh.
Did we miss any? What are your favorite spring-time blooms?