Beating the January Blues
Five Spring Favourites to Give Your Mum this Month
Designing hand-ties for our Mother's Day collection always feels like pressing a floral reset button. By March spring is in full swing, so there are loads of fresh, seasonal varieties available at the markets in Holland. Pretty pastels, delicate scents and short-lived stars like hyacinths are top of my list.
Mums tend to love flowers no matter what you give them (we have a sneaking suspicion it’s because they’re from you, rather than the flowers themselves) but to help you in your quest for the perfect Mother's Day bouquet, here are five of our seasonal favourites to look out for when you’re popping in or ordering online ready for Sunday 31st March.
As you’d expect when buying at the Dutch markets, we have tulips in every shade at this time of year – and because they won’t break the bank, you can afford to go large. Opt for a rainbow bunch, a selection of pastel hues, or a single colour in a number of different varieties. Our Beulah bouquet includes single, double and frilly tulips, all in pretty shades of pink.
There’s no mistaking the scent of hyacinths as the sun comes out and the days grow longer. Commonly available in white or deep, blue-ish purple, you can also buy them planted into containers for a longer-lasting gift. Once this year’s flowers are over, the bulbs can be re-planted into pots or beds in the garden ready for next year. Our Florence hand-tie puts deep blue hyacinths centre stage this spring.
With dense layers of papery petals and a multitude of colours available, ranunculus is an often-unsung spring hero. The long stems and voluptuous flower heads remind us of old Dutch flower paintings; and our florists love to use them to add colour and texture. Our Alwyne and Florence hand-ties feature ranunculus and we always tend to have plenty in our pavement buckets throughout spring.
Where ranunculus blooms are heavy and dense with petals, freesias are the opposite – light, delicate and almost ethereal. They have a sweet scent that is quintessentially English and loved by perfumers (Jo Malone’s English Pear and Freesia is a delight, for example), so they make a perfect addition to a springtime bouquet. Try our Caroline hand-tie, which combines lilac freesia with soft yellow tulips and white roses.
Not just for the garden, narcissi make a sunny, yolk-yellow addition to a cut flower bouquet – like Florence here. If you’d rather have them in soil we can plant some up for you in your own pot, or you can buy pre-planted containers from any Gardenia store. However you choose to give them, these seasonal stars will bring a bit of that spring sunshine inside.
Enjoy spoiling your Mum this Mother's Day!