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Sweet Somethings: How to Pick Your Special Flower

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Fragrant lilies-of-the-valley practically ring in spring weddings with their delicate bell shapes. Sunflowers, a riot of yellow and orange, rival the brightest summer day with their bold colors.

Thanks to international flower markets, it’s possible to buy almost any flower at any time of the year. Still, you’ll still get the best quality, price and variety if you choose blossoms according to your local season.

Flowers are available at any time from Holland, South America, California or through hot-house growers. But it helps to get flowers in your local growing season because they’re larger and stronger.

You’ll also appreciate that certain flowers are associated with certain times of the year.

Sunflowers, for instance, aren’t not as beautiful during other parts of the year as they are during the summer. And they don’t fit in at other times of the year; they look inappropriate.

Of course, some seasons may be better suited for a floral display than others.

Spring is an optimal time for bulb flowers, such as tulips and daffodils, and for budding branches, including pussy willow. Summer and fall also deliver a rich bouquet of colors.

Winter, however, requires more imagination.

During cold weather months, florists work evergreens and pinecones into centerpieces. Deep colors such as claret and forest green are popular this time of the year. And, despite the expense, brides turn to white roses, lilies and gardenias for winter bouquets.

Here is a list of favorite seasonal flowers, straight from florist sources:

SPRING

  • Cherry blossom
  • Daffodil
  • Forsythia
  • Freesia (available year round)
  • Hyacinth
  • Lilac
  • Lily-of-the-valley
  • Peony
  • Sweet pea (into early summer)
  • Tulip

SUMMER

  • Calla lily (the miniature is especially popular)
  • Dahlia
  • Gardenia
  • Gerber daisy
  • Gladiola
  • Delphinium
  • Hydrangea
  • Lily
  • Sunflower
  • Tuber rose

FALL

  • Amaranthus
  • Aster
  • Berries (such as holly)
  • Calla lily
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Grapevine
  • Hydrangea

WINTER

  • Amaryllis
  • Evergreen
  • Gardenia (a summer flower that’s popular in the winter)
  • Pinecone
  • Rose
  • Star of Bethlehem

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