The Best Flowers for Each Season
Flower arrangements are usually made of different kinds of flowers, imported and locally grown, because that's the easiest way to do it. However, if you really want to do it right, you should create your arrangements using season flowers. This is a cheaper and more eco-friendly way of making flower arrangements. If you decide to use locally sourced, seasonal flowers, your bouquets and arrangements will always be fresh, interesting and affordable for everyone.
If you have no idea about flowers, you need some help, and you will get help only if you ask professionals. And when talking about flowers and other plants, you can't find better experts than flower delivery companies. They usually know a thing or two about flowers, and our friends from Flowershops.co.uk keep up to date with all the latest trends in the flower industry. We asked them for some tips so you don't have to. This is what they told us:
“Certain blooms like roses are available all year round. They have always been popular and every florist has them. This is why you can easily find them when you need them for that date you've been planning for the next weekend, for February 14th and for your mom's birthday in July. But, you don't have to be that lazy. Do the research and get creative. Because there are other flowers you can choose from. In February, for example, you can choose a nice bouquet of Calla Lilies and Hyacinths look awesome in July!
Seasonal flowers: Autumn
Many summer flowers are still in bloom during autumn in the UK but your options are very limited when it comes to creativity. You may choose from very popular flowers like Chrysanthemum, Carnations, lilies, roses, snowdrops and winter jasmine, forsythia, iris, freesia, etc. but you can also spice the things up with natural seasonal colors like gourds, nuts, yellow leaves or wood and you can make nice vases using pumpkins.
Seasonal flowers: Winter
Well, we don't have to tell you that winter is a really tough time to find flowers. However, you can make some very interesting arrangements with what we have, here in the UK, during those cold winters. Depending upon your location in the UK you may have to decide between carnations, camellias, chrysanthemums, heathers, holly, roses, snowdrops and winter jasmine, and pussy willows. You can combine those blooms with dark greenery, seasonal berries and Christmas color schemes.
Seasonal flowers: Spring
Spring is the most colorful time of the year in the UK when it comes to flowers. It is that time of the year when almost all plants and flowers suddenly start re-emerging all around you. You can list them from A to Z with Amaryllis, apple blossoms, azaleas, bluebells, camellias, cherry blossoms, carnations, crocuses, clematis, chrysanthemums, daffodils, daisies, freesia, honeysuckles, jasmines, lilacs, orchids, etc. However, many of these flowers look somewhat pale in the spring so you need to improvise if you want to spice things up a little bit. And to make a perfect combination of colors you also need to keep in mind that all those spring flowers in the UK give up distinct aromas and the overall scent also has to be harmonious.
Seasonal flowers: Summer
Summer is that time of the year when flower options are almost as plentiful as during the spring in the UK. In fact many of these flowers overlap during these two seasons. You can choose from all kinds of flowers like lilac (of course), larkspur, marigold, orchid, peonies, sunflowers, sweet pea, gardenia, gerbera, delphinium, dahlia, daisies, aster, azalea, carnations, chrysanthemums, and roses (duh!) are just a few flowers that you can find across the entire UK during those summer months.
Wildflowers are (as other kinds of flowers) at their best during the summer months… As the matter of fact, the height of summer is possibly the most productive season for all British grown flowers, including wildflowers. This kind of flowers can make the arrangements look a bit more relaxed and informal.”
Our friend from the already mentioned flower delivery company, Hollie Hobbs, also told us that a huge part of flowers that are currently sold in the UK comes from "abroad". She told us that these flowers are often raised with heavy use of dangerous pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, and under extremely poor labor conditions. And by the time you purchase them at the local grocery store, they are a week old, and this means that they often last just a couple of days in your (or your friend's/ girlfriend's) home. This is why we should start looking at buying local flowers as some sort of activism. You will say no to chemicals, no to air pollution (because of carbon emissions from long-distance shipping), no to exploitative labor practices, and no to industry that cherishes quantity over quality.