Get inspired by the power of the flower
Smashing colours and excentric shapes: these spring bloomers will add colour to your day. Ready to fall in love? We want to introduce you to five smashing statement stems.
Family: Apocynaceae (milkweeds)
The Asclepias Beatrix is an impressive flower with very special leaves: instead of curling outwards, they curl inside in and form a crown shape together. With her bright orange colour, she looks like a real Dutch royal! You can imagine that this a royal treat in your vase.
Tip: The asclepias is a thirsty flower. Cut the stem diagonally before placing in a vase. Milk-like sap will come from its stem - not surprising with that nickname. Just make sure to wash your hands.
Celosia ‘cristata act zara’
The Celosia ‘cristata act zara’ is a very flamboyant one with her hairy wrinkly-shaped head, almost similar to brains, making her a true beauty with brains! Celosia comes from the Greek word ‘kelos’, which means burned. We get why that is, because this fiery stem is a true sight to be seen. Have one in your bouquet? Be sure to look at it up close. The real flowers are on the side of its crooked comb. The comb’s actually a growth that is part of the stem.
Tip: the stem is sensitive to bacteria growth in the vase. So make sure that you cut well over a few inches when you refresh the water in the vase.
Chrysanthemum ‘magnum yellow’
Chrysanthemums come in all shapes, sizes and colours. With this bright yellow fellow, you literally bring in some sunshine. Even though the chrysanthemum has a somewhat dull image, it’s one of the most sold flowers around. And we get why! With her numerous amount of floral leaves she a real showstopper and she’ll happily stay in your vase for a long time. Did you know that people in Asia are big fans of this flower? It’s because this flower is a symbol for happiness and is almost sacred in China: back in the days, only noblemen were allowed to take care of this flower. In Japan, the flower symbolises a long life. It’s also the national symbol.
Tip: Make sure that you remove all the flowers that are under the edge of the vase. This way, the water stays cleans and your flower can shine for over two weeks in your home.
Delphinium is Latin for ‘dolphin’: exactly what you’d expect from this blue splashing one. Her name comes from the boots worn by knights, the fastening of the boots looks quite similar. The flower is available in about 250 different kinds, in varied colours.
Tip: Make sure to refresh the water every three days and cut a few inches of the stem. Always wash your hands to remove the floral sap from your hands after cutting them.
Nickname: mission bells
Family: Liliaceae (lily family)
Fritillaria almost sounds like a tasty summer dish, but it actually means something completely different. Fritillaria is from the Latin ‘fritulus’, which means ‘box where dice were kept in’. In the wild, you’ll probably come across this flower in the Mediterranean, but also in The Netherlands. Often with bells on and a speckled pattern, hence the nickname.