Your handy guide to the flowers in bloomon’s spring bouquets. Plus, must-have flower care tips to keep your flowers fresh and perky for as long as possible.
Here at bloomon, we do things a little differently: our in-house floral stylists design a new bouquet every week of the year with the most inspiring stems of the season. But — and this is the fun part — we keep it a secret until the doorbell rings and your bouquet is in your hands! So, in the spirit of surprise, we are not going to share every spring flower with you, just our floral stylist’s absolute favourites.
We’re crowning Eustoma Miss Congeniality (step aside Sandra Bullock). Hardy, long-lasting, and with lovely peony-like petals, this beautiful flower comes in all shades and complements any flower with it in the arrangement. Very congenial. Look out for different varieties in our spring bouquets, including new-on-the-market, Eustoma ‘Botanic Pink’, winning flower of the Dutch Tulip Awards. It's sweet and wild!
Tips & Tricks: Eustoma stems are leafy. Strip off any leaves that fall below the vase rim as they can contaminate and rot in the water, turning it murky. Refresh the water every 2-3 days, regardless.
Family: Apocynaceae (milkweed)
Have you ever seen more mesmerising flower clusters? Asclepias Beatrix, has some of the most complex flowers of the plant world: intricate reverse petals, fused stamen and styles, hoods and horns. Phew! Apart from looking incredible in your bouquet, it shows stand-out behaviour in the wild, too. It repels pests from plants that grow around it and is the only food source of some butterflies, including Monarch butterfly larvae.
Tips & Tricks: Asclepias drink a lot. Cut the stem at a sharp angle before putting it in your vase. You’ll notice milky sap when you cut the stem — don’t worry, this normal for milkweeds. Just remember to wash your hands afterwards!
Nickname: Easter tree
Family: Oleaceae (olive)
The quintessential Easter season symbol: forsythia! Part of the olive family, forsythia is named after Scottish botanist William Forsyth (1737-1804), who was head gardener to the British royals. The bright blast of yellow flowers along its woody branch earned it its nickname, the Easter tree. Not unlike the olive branch, it symbolises hope and anticipation.
Tips & Tricks: Forsythia grows well. You can plant cuttings of forsythia in the garden. They will begin to root and, in a year or two, you’ll have a bushy mass of lemony-yellow!
Every spring, wild snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) bloom along the Pyrenees. The flower petals folded into an expectant dragon face, which beckons the bees. Only large insects like bumble bees can pollinate Antirrhinums — it's their weight that opens the petals so that they’re able to reach the nectar encased in the dragon’s mouth. Squeeze the flower laterally, you’ll see what we mean! The petals will open and close with a snap.
Tips & Tricks: Remove any wilted flowers from the bottom. It encourages more to bloom at the top!
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest spring-flower of them all? For the very short-but-sweet peony season from April to early June, our hearts, homes, and Instagram accounts are filled with these beauties.
Peonies undergo quite the transformation, from tight bud to big bloom. From peach sorbet to coral pink, vanilla to raspberry red, you’ll find peonies in every colour, except blue. Single peonies have one row of petals, making them look like wild roses or anemones. Voluminous double peonies, like ‘Coral Sunset’ and ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ look like large ice cream scoops of petals.
Tips & Tricks: Some peony buds have some trouble opening because of the natural, sticky nectar they’re covered in. Help it along by gently rinsing the bud under a stream of lukewarm water.
Nickname: Canterbury bells, Bellflower
Family: Campanulaceae (bellflower)
Ding dong, happiness here! With its panicles of perfect flowers, Campanula medium rings out with cheerful vibes. The bell-shaped flowers are rich in nectar and a favourite of honey bees and butterflies. Campanula gets its name from the Latin for ‘little bell’. No surprises then, that this flower is better known as bellflower!
In floriography, it represents gratitude, faith and constancy.
Tips & Tricks: If your campanula looks slightly wilted, cut the stem on an angle and place in your vase with flower food. Those bells will bounce back in a matter of hours.
Family: Iridaceae (freesia)
An elegant addition to your spring bouquet! Take a moment to admire that trio of petals and arched leaves atop a long, slender stalk. A true work of art. No wonder artists like Vincent van Gogh and Hugo van der Goes couldn't get enough.
Irises are named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow; Iris, who was said to be a messenger between the gods and people as she visited earth via a rainbow. It helps us to understand why the iris flower is known to mean in floriography; I have a message for you.
Tips & Tricks: Display irises and all flowers away from too much direct sunlight and draughts. Yo-yoing temperatures at home can shorten your flowers’ vase-life, too.
Flower care essentials
- Always cut stems on an angle with a sharp knife or secateurs before you put them in the vase.
- Fish out or remove any leaves below the vase rim. Not doing this dirties the water faster and may shorten the life of your bouquet!
- Change the water in your vase every three days and recut the stems when you put your flowers back in.
- Keep your flowers away from ripening fruit — the ethylene gas produced speeds up wilting — as well as draughts and radiators.
There are lots of other striking seasonal flowers to discover in our spring bouquets because #bloomon stylists design a new one every week. Order yours and see for yourself!