Spring Blooms

“Came the spring with all its splendor, all its birds and all its blossoms, all its flowers and leaves and grasses.” ~ Longfellow

Spring is in full bloom in Gauteng, South Africa and although we’re still waiting for a good shower of rain, the Spring flowers are popping up in every tree, every garden and more importantly, the cut flower markets! Spring also marks the beginning of Wedding Season and for those of you fortunate enough to be wed in this splendid season, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to decorating your day with flowers.

Here are a few of our favourite flowers that are only available in Spring:

Amaryllis

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Amaryllis is a bulb originating from the Cape of South Africa.  They bloom large magnificent flowers in colours that range from pure white to lovely soft rose, pink, magenta, salmon, orange, red, mahogany and red- and white- striped. Even a single bloom in a tall or short glass bottle will create that wow-factor.

anemone

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Originating from the Greek word for wind thus also known as the Wind Flower, Anemones have a distinct design and colour contrast. They are family of the Ranunculi and thus also flower from July to September.  Expect to find them in shades of white to blue, red and mauve. Most of them will have a contrasting colour at their centre which gives them their quirky character.

jasmine

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One of the first flowers people think of when you mention Spring, is Jasmine. This is mainly due to their mesmerising scent that wafts from the top of walls or fencing.  Generally considered a garden plant, Jasmine is undervalued in the cut flowers realm. A few gentle sprigs of Jasmine added to your table arrangements or bouquet will add a unique whimsical touch along with a beautiful scent.

wax

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These are in fact the genus of woody, evergreen shrubs with stems of green foliage and sprays of delicate “waxy” in texture flowers. They occur in white known as “Chantilly Lace” and a vibrant pink known as “Raspberry Ripple”.  On their own, they can create a vintage styled arrangement and as filler make for an interesting alternative to the usual baby’s breath.

sweetpea

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Another sweet scented bloom that comes in varieties of pink, purple, lilac, white and red. If purple is the main colour for your wedding, this is where you’re going to get shades of purple in the same flower. A bunch of sweet peas in a gradient of white to lilac to the darker purple will create a soft “pillowy” effect.  It’s also a flower that creates a full effect without adding greens of foliage.

freesia

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My personal favourite bulb – so no wonder they are the most popular and widely grown cut flower in the world! Freesias are loved for their impressively pristine look and their sweet fragrance is an added bonus! Founded in my home country South Africa, they can be seen in gentle hues of mauve, violet, cream or lemon, or bright splashes of yellow, cerise, cherry or plum. White freesias mixed with white roses makes for a spectacular bridal bouquet.

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