Winter darkness be gone. Cheer up with these cheerful early bloomers.
If you have a really good nose, you might smell it already: spring is in the air! Though spring is right around the corner, it’s not here yet, anyway, lucky for us there are already some flowers in bloom right now. We like to call them early bloomers. We’ve put a few of those together in a little list. Which one is your favourite?
It’s Tulip Time! In January the first buds will pop up above ground. If you think that Tulips are originally Dutch flowers, you’re mistaken. The roots of the Tulip can be found in the Ottoman Empire, an Islamic empire that lasted from 1299 till 1922. The flower became popular when the Ambassador of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands sent tulips to Vienna. The whole of Europe became infatuated with the tulip. They were even worth more than real estate! Well, where are the days where we could buy a house with a bouquet of tulips?! Even so, tulips became the symbol of wealth. Currently, tulips symbolise love. Red is for eternal love, yellow for appreciation, white for forgiveness, pink for maternal love and multi-coloured petals stand for beauty. Fair to say that love is all around in any colour!
Care tip: Tulips always bend in the direction of light, so make sure that the stalks stay healthy. And because tulips keep growing in your vase, it’s best to cut a few inches off after refreshing the water. Do this every other three days. See them stand out in your vase!
You’ll probably know the prunus better as cherry blossom. In Japan, they adore this tree so much that they even use the Japanse word for cherry blossom – Sakura – as a general term for flowers. The Japanese celebrate the arrival of spring with a cherry blossom festival, Hanami Matsuri. The Japanese cherry symbolizes mortality and the fleeting beauty of life.
Care tip: the prunus is a tough, wooden-like branch, which makes it last with you for quite some time. Ideal to place in a mini-vase in a couple of weeks time.
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.
Care tip: 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!
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. Anemone symbolises anticipation, protection, and love. Look out for varieties like ‘Mistral Azzurro’ that put a little magic in your bouquet.
Care tip: Anemones keep on 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.
5. Convallaria majalis
Better known as the lily of the valley, and this might be the cutest early bloomer in this list. Its bent stem with multiple clock-shaped chalices are loved in the perfume industry: the flowers are so fresh and sweet! But don’t let her innocent looks fool you, the lily of the valley is poisonous. So keep lilies away from small children and pets. Want to gift lilies to someone? Then you give them pure love. The flowers symbolise purity and happiness and are the perfect flower to give to someone you love.
Care tip: Cut the stalks diagonally and refresh the water regularly.