Organic Flower Guide – May
Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 8:00 am
Now that the April showers are gone, it’s time to stop and appreciate all of the May flowers! This month, there are plenty of beautiful, colorful blooms available to adorn you dinner table or give to mom on Mother’s Day! You also have tons of options for your spring event, wedding, or party! Many of the flowers from April are still in season as we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of spring.
As we mentioned in our previous flower guides, buying organic or seasonal flowers is great for the environment and offers you an easy way to save a few bucks on beautiful floral arrangements. A great place to buy seasonal, local flowers is your farmer’s market. In talking to the individual farmers, you might just learn more about the flowers themselves and possibly even swing a deal!
Here’s a quick guide to just a small selection of May flowers:
Anemone flowers are characterized by their bright, cup-shaped blooms, which are available in a variety of colors. Some varieties feature a large black center making them a fun, whimsical addition to any bouquet or arrangement. The word anemone comes from the Greek word for “wildflower,” and is believed to have grown from Aphrodite’s tears as she mourned the death of Adonis. Legend has it that the anemone closes its petals when rain is approaching, which is why it’s often thought to bring luck and protection against evil. It’s also believed to represent anticipation.
Lilacs are a fragrant, colorful blossom characterized by tight, cone-shaped groupings of small flowers. They are most commonly recognized for their purple blooms, but you can find them in pink, white, blue, or yellow. Lilacs often have a powerful fragrance that will freshen up any home or garden! Purple lilacs are thought to symbolize the first emotions of love, and white lilacs represent youthful innocence. They are often considered to be a symbol that spring is near and are the official 8th wedding anniversary flower.
Lisianthus are native to Texas and Mexico, and are a descendant of a North American wildflower. Depending on the individual plant, lisianthus can resemble tulips, poppies, roses or peonies. They are characterized by wide ruffled, delicate petals and oval-shaped leaves. Lisianthus are available in a variety of colors including white, pink, yellow, lavender, and even dual colors like blue-violet. These vibrant flowers can symbolize appreciation or showiness. They make a great secondary flower in any floral arrangement.
Stock is characterized by a tall stem with dense clusters of small, individual flowers. It was originally native to Mediterranean regions toward the end of the Middle Ages. Stock flowers are available in a variety of colors, but are typically seen in white, pink, red, or light purple variations. Stock can symbolize promptness, lasting beauty, a happy life, and a contented existence. Stock flowers are ideal as a secondary flower in any floral arrangement.