Organic Flower Guide – March
Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 10:13 am
With spring beginning this month, the weather will finally begin to warm up and we will slowly see several plants blossom into beautiful flowers. In February, we brought you a list of organic flowers that were in season just in time for Valentine’s Day. Now, we’ll tell you about all of the blooms you can decorate your Easter table or spring wedding centerpieces with.
Remember, buying organic flowers or seasonal flowers is not only better for the environment, but it’s often much cheaper than buying the stuff grown with weird chemicals. Here is a small selection of flowers in season this month:
Tulips are one of the most popular flowers in the world. They are characterized by their brightly colored petals, smooth stem, large leaves, and cup shape. They come in a wide variety of colors including pink, red, yellow, white and purple. Each variety of tulip carries a different meaning with yellow symbolizing cheerful thoughts, white representing forgiveness, and purple representing loyalty. The red tulip symbolizes perfect love. This bright and cheerful flower is a perfect way to add some of the joy and beauty of spring into your home floral arrangements.
The iris flower is characterized by its six petals; three that stand upright and 3 that open and droop down. The meaning behind the iris actually dates back to ancient Greece. In Greek, the word ‘iris’ stands for rainbow and is also the name of the goddess Iris who acted as a link between heaven and earth. Purple irises were placed on the graves of women to summon Iris to assist the departed on their journey to heaven. The iris has also been linked to the French monarchy and eventually became recognized as their national symbol in the form of the fleur-de-lis. This stunning, dramatic flower would make a gorgeous addition to any bouquet or as a stand-alone representation of spring in your home!
This brightly colored bloom is characterized by wiry stems and small, delicate, trumpet-shaped blooms. They are extremely fragrant and come in a variety of colors including yellow, white, purple or pink. They offer a sweet, citrus scent, which brings the wonderful smells of spring into your home! Freesia is the 7th wedding anniversary flower and are said to symbolize innocence and friendship.
The sunflower was originally grown in Central and South America more for its oil and seeds than its beauty. This large, bright flower has held the fascination of people throughout the ages and was even the subject of many impressionist paintings. While still planted, sunflowers actually turn to follow the sun. They represent exactly what they bear a resemblance to – the sun, which symbolizes warmth, happiness, adoration and longevity. Bring some sunflowers into your floral arrangements for a bright dose of sunshine.
There are many flowers in season during the spring including snap dragon, daffodils, magnolia, lisianthus, cornflower, alstromeria and many more! While buying seasonal flowers is great, try and look for organic varieties grown without harmful pesticides or chemicals. Try visiting your local farmer’s market for seasonal blooms!