bloomon winter flower guide: what a bright, wild bunch!

Where the wild winter flowers are...

The holidays are over; it’s cold, and there’s nothing to look forward to until spring, right? Wrong! Winter flowers are in their prime, and with a new design every week, our winter bouquets are sure to put a smile on your face.

Uncover the blooms brightening your home this winter with the bloomon winter flower guide — plus must-have tips to make your flowers stay radiant and beautiful for as long as possible.

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Tulipa

Nickname: tulip
Family: Liliaceae (lily)

Tulip mania’ was a phenomenon in seventeenth-century Holland, when tulip bulbs were worth more than their weight in gold. Fast forward to today and they're as popular as ever, ranking third on the global list of flower favourites after roses and chrysanthemums.

Originating from central Asia, there are over 3,000 registered tulip varieties that come in every colour under the sun. The official tulip season kicks off this month, with National Tulip Day in the Netherlands being January 19.

Tips & Tricks: Don’t worry if the straight tulip you arranged yesterday is arching over today. It’s dancing in the vase! Tulips are heliotropic, meaning they twist to follow sunlight like sunflowers. Keep your tulip happy by re-cutting the end of the stem — this opens the water uptake channels so they stay fresh.

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Anemone

Nickname: windflower
Family: Ranunculaceae (buttercup)

No, not the close relative of coral that lives under the sea, but a flower every bit as mesmerising. Whilst it’s native to Europe, North America, and Japan, anemones get their name from the Greek anemos, meaning ‘of the wind’.

In pagan folklore, it was believed that fairies slept inside the bright, papery petals that close at night. Look out for varieties like ‘Mistral Azzurro’ that put a little magic in your bouquet.

Tips & Tricks: Anemones keeping growing in your bouquet! We deliver them in a tight bud ready to bloom in your vase. Make sure there’s enough space for your anemone to open.

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Prunus cerasus

Nickname: cherry blossom, sakura (Japanese)
Family: Rosaceae (rose)

You’ll probably recognise Prunus cerasus as a cherry blossom! In Japan, they are so loved as part of the nation, the word for cherry blossom — sakura — is now synonymous with the word for flower! The act of watching the beautiful cherry trees in bloom even has its own name: hanami. They signify the extraordinary fleeting beauty of life. Its symbolism and spirituality are deeply rooted in Buddhism.

Tips & Tricks: Cherry blossoms have a superb vase life, which means this branch is ideal for displaying in a mini vase for weeks after your bouquet is delivered.

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Eryngium

Nickname: sea holly, queen of the Alps
Family: Umbelliferae (carrot and parsley)

Honey bees, bumblebees, and other pollinating insects love the whorls of spikey, electric-blue bracts as much as we do. Eryngium is a spiny herb native to Europe that belongs to the family Umbelliferae along with aromatic herbs like parsley, coriander, caraway, and cumin.

During Elizabethan England, Eryngium was thought to be a powerful aphrodisiac. Shakespeare even wrote its pulling power into ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ (Act 5, scene 5)!

Tips & Tricks: Eryngium makes an amazing dried flower. To dry it, hang it upside down in a warm dry area for a few days. Think airing cupboard. Then, pop it in a mini vase and admire it for months!

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Ranunculus

Nickname: Persian buttercup
Family: Ranunculaceae (buttercup)

Hard to pronounce, but easy to fall for. Elegant ranunculus, with its swirls of rose-like petals, is at its best from January to early spring. The name comes from the Latin for ‘little frog’, supposedly because they grow wild near swamps in their native Mediterranean.

Fun fact: it was ranunculi that we put under our chin as children to see if we had a penchant for butter! The little yellow buttercups are Ranunculus repens.

Tips & Tricks: the big blooms on delicate stems defy gravity, so it’s important to keep the stem healthy so it doesn’t droop. Cut the stem regularly and try not to let it rest against the edge of the vase.

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Ornithogalum arabicum

Nickname: star of Bethlehem
Family: Asparagaceae (asparagus)

If you look at Ornithogalum arabicum and think ‘giant flowering asparagus’, you’re not far off! They are part of the same family. More exotic than humble asparagus though, this winter bloomer is nicknamed ‘star of Bethlehem’ and native to the Mediterranean region.

Tips & Tricks: a really low maintenance flower. The star-like flowers bloom gradually over weeks — and weeks.

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Chrysanthemum

Nickname: mums, kiku (Japanese)
Family: Asteraceae (daisy)

First cultivated as a herbal remedy in China as early as fifteenth-century BC, chrysanthemums then made their way to Japan. So enamoured were Japanese by the beautiful single-headed variety, that it became the national symbol. Every year, the Festival of Happiness in Japan celebrates chrysanthemums!

They come in all shapes and sizes! Either one flower per stem (disbud) or many flowers (spray). Radiating joy, look out for disbudded varieties like ‘Saffina’, ‘Ksenia’, and ‘Etrusco’ in your bloomon bouquet.

Tips & Tricks: You can count on chrysanthemums to be one of the longest lasting cut flowers in your vase. Seriously, treated right, they can last a month!

Flower care essentials

1. Cut the stems on an angle with a sharp knife or secateurs before you put them in the vase.
2. 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!
3. Change the water in your vase every three days and recut the stems when you put your flower back in.
4. Keep flowers away from ripening fruit — the ethylene gas produced speeds up wilting — as well as draughts and radiators.

There are lots of other enchanting seasonal flowers to discover in our changing seasonal bouquets. Order yours to see for yourself!

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