Sunday, June 19, 2011

Flowers by Seasons knowing when to get the best blooms!

When we first started in the flower industry the seasons meant,  no tulips in summer only in spring, lilacs only in late April, peonies only in late spring.  We had to plan future events, weddings and everyday floral designs according to Mother's Natures Calendar.  We looked forward to the beginning of each Season with anticipation.  Knowing soon a seasonal favorite will soon be in our shop ready to delight us and our clients.

Pink elegance with peonies
in silver urn vase
Today the family-owned farms are passionate about the flowers they grow.  We have a much larger selection of floral varieties available to us.  Selections of flowers found during months once thought impossible.  But this is not to proclaim that all flowers are available all year long.  We still wait with wonder if this year's dahlia or lilac crop will be better than last years.  Every season still has it's surprises and discoveries.  No year's flower selection and  is exactly the same as the last. 

I must say this year so far has not been an exception.  Valentine's day our roses were beautiful.  Spring flowers peaked much later than usual.  We are still seeing ranunculus, a flower that usually disappears weeks before Mother's Day.  Peonies are still beautiful and available in Mid-June, wow!   New varieties never seen before are embellishing our designs with year-round reliables.

When planning on an event, depending on the time of year or crop failure, certain flowers are just not available.  A good professional should be able to suggest an alternative flower to your first choice.  If this is not acceptable, change the date of  your event during the season when your choice usually blooms.  Keep in mind if we do find your favorite flower out of season or may be the first crop of the year, it is scarce, the flower can be in poor quality and very pricey.  Knowing the season when your flowers grow,  can help you plan your event around it's season and avoid disappointment. 

Why go through all that drama, there are many flowers available each season that are wonderful!  A talented & skilled floral designer can achieve your visions, expressed in flowers and many times exceed those expectations.

Let talk about when certain flower varieties are available and near the months they are most abundant.
Some flowers have a long season of availability's and others can be available for only 2 weeks.  Below is a list of some of the  most popular seasonal flowers in the season of their glory,  

Winter Flowers

Large winter Callas

Narcissus, Ranunculus, Tulips (first of the season), berried branches, large Callas,Winter greens, beauty berries, Amaryllis, anemones, Hellebore, ornamental kales, Pieris (Lily of the Valley shrub), Hyacinth, Daffodil, Viburnum, Grape Hyacinth, Freesias and Heathers. 

Spring Flowers

Spring Lilacs

Tulips (large selections of varieties and colors), Hyacinths, Irises (larger selection of colors are available),Lilac (season is 2-3 weeks long), Stock, Sweet Peas, Lily of the Vally, mini Callas, Daffodils, Viburnum, Anemone, Amaryllis, Ornithogalum, Ranunculus (early to mid spring),  Forsythia,  Blooming Peach branches (early spring), Freesias,  Grape Hyacinth and heather. 

Summer Gloriosa Lily
a climbing lily

Summer Flowers

Sunflowers, Garden Roses, Dahlias, Hydrangeas (lots of colors & varieties) Sweet Peas (best before August), Delphinium, Yarrow, Gladiolus, Gardenias, Zinnias, Lisianthus (available all year but best in Summer and early Fall), Gloriosa Lilies, blooming Herb (Oregano, Lavender, Mints and Rosemary, Larkspur and Phlox.

Fall Flowers

Summer Orange Dahlia

Dahlias (lots of colors), Hydrangeas (antique colors), Asters, Delphinium, Lisianthus, Ranunculus (late fall), Ornamental Kales, Viburnum berries, Snow berries, Zinnia (very limited), Beauty Berries and Sunflowers (fall red and burgundy colors).

Flowers available all year long....

So many choices too many to list.  Here are just a few.  Roses, Oriental Lilies, Gerberas, Carnations, Spray Roses, Chrysanthemums, Tropical flowers, orchids, Tulips (limited colors and varieties), Irises (blue), Mini-Carnations, larkspur, Delphinium, Sunflowers, Stock, Hydrangeas, Limoniums, Statice, Bells of Ireland Lilies, Gladiolus, Lisianthus, Alstroemeria and so much more.  In our shop we usually have at least 50-75 varieties of flowers and greenery.   California is one of the luckiest places to own a Florist.  We have access to so many flowers that can be grown in California almost all-year round.  Call us Edelweiss Flower Boutique or your florist and find out what is in and the seasons bests, even out of season and maybe we have it!

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