Seasonal Flowers

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I love fresh flowers but the environmental impact from transporting them can be high especially when we are buying roses from Ecuador. Buying flowers that are in season is the best way to make sure that they haven’t traveled too far. They are also cheaper as they don’t have duty tax or transportation costs. Check out this list of seasonal flowers

Acacia Mimosa Tiny petal-less yellow flowers cover the stems
Aconitum Monkshood Tall spiky flowers, long lasting but poisonous.
Alstroemeria Peruvian Lily Very popular and long lasting flowers, often bi-coloured
Amaryllis Hippeastrum Large very striking trumpet shaped flowers, often grown indoors from bulbs
Ammi Queen Anne’s Lace Masses of delicate white flowers, ideal as a filler
Anemone Windflower Delicate, papery flowers, available in vibrant and pale colours
Anigozanthus Kangaroo Paw Unusual furry buds with insignificant flowers. Ideal for modern arrangements.
Anthurium Painter’s Palette Exotic waxy looking flowers.
Aranthera Scorpion Orchid Long lasting orchid with small flowers on upright stems
Asclepias Milkweed Clusters of tiny flowers, ideal as a filler
Aster Michaelmas Daisy, September Popular filler with daisy like flowers on upright stems
Astrantia   Starry mauve or white flowers, slightly unpleasant smell
Arachnis Spider Orchid Long stems with slender petalled and spotted flowers
Banksia Bottlebrush Exotic Protea from Australia, large flower heads made up of masses of tiny flowers
Bouvardia   Clusters of small tubular flowers, use with special flower food. Not all colours are available throughout the year
Bupleurum   Insignificant yellow green flowers. Used more as a foliage and as a filler
Marigold Calendula Popular daisy-like flower with a country garden feel
Calla Lily Zantedeschia, Arum Lily Striking single flowers.The coloured varieties are smaller than the white ones, and not all colours are available all year round
Campanula Canterbury Bells Quite large bell shaped flowers, several to a stem
Carnation   Very long lasting. Some new more interesting colours are now available
Carthamus Safflower Unusual slightly thistle like flowers, dries well
Spray Carnation   Long lasting flowers. Some more interesting colours becoming available
Cattleya orchid   Large brightly coloured orchids, usually 1 or 2 per stem
Cestrum   Dense clusters of flowers at the top of straight stems
Ginger Alpinia Large striking tropical flowers
Waxflower Chamaelaucium Small scented flowers ideal as fillers, sold in bud and in flower
Chrysanthemum   Available as large individual showy blooms, or the spray variety. Very long lasting
Craspedia   Small completely round flower head made up of lots of tiny yellow flowers
Crocosmia   Tall spiky flowers generally known as Montbretia when grown as a garden flower.
Cymbidium Orchid   Striking flowers, which flower profusely with up to 12 flowers on each stem
Cynara Artichoke The flower of the artichoke
Delphinium   Tall flower spikes. Also, Larkspur which is a type of delphinium.
Dendrobium orchid Singapore orchid Long lasting orchids with several blooms on each erect stem
Echinacea   Daisy like flowers with backward sloping petals.
Eremurus Foxtail Lily Large dramatic flowers, usually yellow or orange, with other colours less commonly available
Eryngium Sea Holly Blue thistle like flowers, sometimes the blue is so intense it is hard to believe they are not dyed.
Eucharis Amazon Lily Beautiful slightly downward facing delicate flowerheads on tall straight stems
Euphorbia Spurge Graceful curving stems with loads of tiny flowers. Note not all colours are available at the same time, check with your florist
Eupatorium   pretty white small flowers, used as a filler
Forsythia   The shrub commonly grown in our gardens for their springtime flowers
Freesia   Highly popular, highly scented flowers
Fritillaria   Exotic looking flowers which hang downwards in a cluster on top of tall straight stems
Genista   Masses of tiny flowers all along the straight leafless stems. Popular filler flower
Gentiana   Long lasting trumpet shaped flowers up straight stems.
Gerbera   Large daisy like flowers, a smaller ‘Germini’ variety is also available
Gloriosa Glory Lily A very dramatic flower with yellow edged cerise petals. The National Flower of Zimbabwe.
Godetia   Several brightly coloured trumpet shaped flowers open up each stem
Gypsophila   Very popular filler flower. New smaller-flowered varieties are now available
Heliconia   Tropical flower with large very dramatic flowerheads. Several different types available
Helleborus Christmas Rose Short lived very delicate and subtle flowers
Hyacinth   Popular as a pot plant hyacinth and increasingly popular as a cut flower
Hypericum St John’s Wort Attractive berries rather than flowers make this a very popular filler
Iris   Very popular but short lived flowers.
Leucadendron Safari Sunset It is the leaves rather than the flowers which make this popular
Leucospermum Pincushion Protea Large flowerheads which resemble a pin cushion. Long lasting
Lily   Available throughout the year, but if you are looking for a particular colour check availability with your florist
Liatris   Tall poker shaped purple flowers.
Lilac   A common shrub and highly popular, strongly scented cut flower
Lily-of the Valley Convallaria Tiny bell shaped flowers on short stems. Very popular in wedding flowers.
Limonium Sea Lavender, Statice Popular as a dried flower, all varieties make good fillers, but it can have an unpleasant smell!
Lisianthus Eustoma Popular flowers which open from tightly swirled buds, bi-coloured varieties also available
Lysimachia Loose Strife Arching flowerheads on the end of the stems, each made up of a mass of tiny flowers
Moluccella Bells of Ireland Tall stems with a mass of bell shaped flowers.
Muscari Grape hyacinth Very small with short stems and clusters of tiny blue flowers
Narcissus Daffodil Needs no description and evokes spring more than any other cut flower
Oncidium orchid Golden Shower Orchid Lots of small yellow flowers along the stem. Miniature hybrids are available in colours other than yellow.
Ornithogalum Chincherinchee Fantastically long lasting flower, usually white and less commonly available in yellow.
Paphiopedilum orchid Slipper orchid Very large dramatic orchid flowers
Phalaenopsis orchid Moth Orchid Large showy flowers, popular as a pot plant as well as a cut flower especially for weddings
Phlox   English country garden flower. Very popular
Protea   Large exotic flowers with many different varieties
Prunus Flowering cherry Cherry blossom, beautiful delicate flowers on tall straight branches
Ranunculus   Small delicate, papery flowers.
Rose   Needs no description! Almost every colour available except true black or blue
Rudbeckia   Daisy like flower, usually sold without any petals, just the pincushion like centre
Solidago   A popular yellow filler flower.
Solidaster   A cross between Solidago and the Aster. Used as a filler.
Stephanotis Wax flower Not generally available as a cut flower, but the individual small, waxy, white flowers are often used in bridal work
Strelitzia Bird of Paradise Unmistakable large and exotic flowers with blue and orange flowers.
Sunflower Helianthus Striking, large daisy like flowers, usually yellow but more unusual rusty colours are becoming available
Tanecetum   A type of chrysanthemum with small button shaped flowers.
Trachelium   Masses of tiny flowers create a large flat flowerhead.
Tuberose Polianthes Higly scented flowers on tall stems.
Tulip   One of the most popular cut flowers in the UK with many different varieties
Veronica Speedwell Delicate flower spikes add contrast to arrangements.
Viburnum Snowballs Short lived but increasingly popular. Each flowerhead is made up of a mass of tiny flowers
Vanda   Usually 6 – 8 blooms per flower stem, The petals often have a marbled appearance.
Vuylstekeara   A hybrid orchid, with highly patterned petals

Check out other months on this great website

http://www.flowers.org.uk/public/display_February.php

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