Organic Flower Guide – April
Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 3:03 pm
Spring has officially sprung and with it came many beautiful blooms for all of us to stop, smell and enjoy! Whether you’re looking to decorate your dinner table with a vase of the season’s finest, or doing research for your big spring event or party, you’re lucky you have a bunch of flowers to choose from! We mentioned certain flowers in our March blog that are still in season including sunflowers, freesia, and tulips.
Remember, shopping for organic flowers is great for the environment. Growers of organic crop don’t use harmful pesticides or chemical-ridden fertilizers. They’re pretty much grown the way nature intended. If you can’t afford the organic varieties, try buying local, seasonal flowers. These are better than standard flowers shipped in from all over the world, and they’re usually cheaper too!
Here’s a quick guide to just a few April flowers:
The peony is a lush, gorgeous flower characterized by its large blossom. Peonies come in a variety of colors ranging from white, to yellow, pink, coral, red, or maroon. The peony has come to symbolize many things across the globe. It’s Indiana’s state flower and a traditional floral symbol of China. Peonies are known as the flower or riches, nobility, and honor. They’re the official 12th anniversary wedding flower and are regarded as a sign of good fortune and a happy marriage.
Narcissus / Daffodil
Commonly called the daffodil, this bright, Spring flower is also often known as Narcissus. The daffodil is characterized by a trumpet-shaped center surrounded by delicate petals. Daffodils can be yellow, orange, white or mixed. Daffodils symbolize many different things. Because it’s such an iconic symbol of spring, the daffodil can symbolize the end of winter. It’s also known to symbolize good luck and future prosperity throughout the world. The daffodil is the March birth flower, the 10th anniversary wedding flower, and a gift that is said to ensure happiness.
The hyacinth is very fragrant and is characterized by its bell-shaped bloom. Legend has it that the hyacinth is named after a young Greek boy named Hyakinthos. The gods Apollo and Zephyr competed for Hyakinthos attention, which eventually led to the young boy’s death. The flower grew from Hyakinthos’ blood, thus earning the name Hyacinth. This gorgeous flower is symbolic of sport or play and can also represent constancy. Purple hyacinth can often mean “I’m sorry” and can be given when forgiveness is needed.
Alstroemeria looks much like a small lily. This leaves of this unique plant grow upside down. The leaf twists up as it grows out from the stem, so that the bottom of the leaf is facing upwards. Alstroemeria symbolize friendship and devotion since the leaves are thought to represent the twists, turns and growth of friendships.