If the novelty of freezing temperatures and sloppy morning commutes has finally worn off and you find yourself cursing that groundhog and his “six more weeks of winter,” perhaps it’s time to take the seasons into your own hands. Bring a bit of spring to your house or office with one of these four, fabulous blooms that will thaw the chill right off and remind you that spring is just around the corner.
Both snow and hearts will melt in the presence of such sunny yellows. Daffodils (sometimes called by their Latin name, Narcissus) are the emblem of spring warmth and in the Victorian language of flowers send the message that “when I’m with you, the sun always shines.” These spring-bloomers are sold in bunches starting in late February and look great trimmed short and arranged by themselves in a short, round vase.
With frilly green leaves as soft as lace and topped with fat, round blooms that bob on fuzzy, thin stems, these beauties are the perfect pick for late February. Ranunculus are sold both as potted, flowering plants that can be transferred to your garden and grown as a perennial or as cut flowers. Arrange them with whispy greens like seeded eucalyptus or tree fern in a medium sized vase with dainty filler flower like waxflower or lilac.
The yellow varieties are said to say “your love is like sunshine to me” in the language of flowers, but it’s hard to choose when tulips come in so many shapes, sizes and colors. As the tiny green tips of these bulbs are pushing their way up through the snow in wintry climates, they are at their prime in many parts of the world and readily available at every florist near you. A great value this time of year, the tear-drop shape of a tulip bloom is both iconic of spring and a gorgeous addition to any vase. Generally sold with a few leaves cupping the base of round stems, tulips can be mixed well with flowers like alstroemeria or flowering stock, or simply plopped in a vase where their gracefully arching stems can flop and flower as the snow comes down outside.
Slender, brown branches loaded with pink buds ready to burst open into blooms give cherry blossoms a message of hope and friendship in many different cultures. Flowering branches are one of the best ways to bring spring into your house and look amazing by themselves in a tall, glass vase. You may live somewhere that these brave little buds are already beginning to show, but if your state is under a winter storm warning, head to you local florist and pick up a few of these fine spring offerings along with your bread, milk and toilet paper to help you push through until spring.
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