Winter Flowers

We've taken out the tree, put away the ornaments, cleaned up the remainders of the festivities. There's snow outside, but it feels a bit empty inside.

Queue the flowers. A colorful bouquet for the table, a single stem in a pretty vase (or bottle) is an uplifting reminder of nature's return. 

Flowers we especially like right now are early spring bulbs like anemones and ranunculus, tulips and hyacinths. Ornithogalum (star of Bethlehem) is a tried and true performer that comes in white and bright orange and lasts longer than other flowering bulbs.

It's orchid season. This is a most versatile family of colors and shapes. They are moderately long lasting as a cut flower. For Valentines Day, I see interest in red orchids. They look great alone and also with lighter colored flowers (like blush pink or cafe).

Consider foliage as a main element this time of year for a really lush look. Add three or five distinctive flowers for a striking arrangement. 

Stop in at our shop at 98 Main St. in downtown Newmarket, right across from the Mill Buildings, and pick up some flowers for our home..


Tulip Season

Tulips are one of the most varied flowers that have the distinct feature of continuing to grow once cut. You may have noticed an arrangement with tulips changes shape from day to day. Tulips (like anemones) keep growing in the vase, so you will need to recut their stems if you want them to stay the same height. Or you can let them grow.

Tulips have been bred over centuries for variety. There are tulips with fringed petals, peony shapes, lily shapes, or stripes (which are caused by a virus). Tulips with ragged edges are called parrot tulips. Large tulips with very long straight stems are called French tulips.

In eighteenth century Netherlands, tulips were prized and worth a great deal of money.  They were the object of wild speculation which caused a huge financial boom and then a serious economic crash.

Now tulips are a spring favorite which will be around for a few more weeks. Then we’ll say goodbye to them until next spring.