‘Tis the season for spring flowers. With the long Easter weekend just around the corner, we invited professional Cheshire florist, Hayley Cowell from Hayley’s Flower Studio, to exclusively share her top tips to creating pretty posies with spring flowers that will last.
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Tulips are my favourite spring flowers that look simply beautiful in a vase. An old wives tale is that if you put either lemonade or bleach in the vase where you are displaying the flowers it will prolong their life. The truth is nothing beats keeping the water clean and regularly feeding the flowers with flower food. We also cut the tulip stems an inch shorter than the vase as Tulips will always grow throughout their life span and this will ensure they will continue to look great for the maximum time span.
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Iris takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colours found among the many species. At Hayley’s Flower Studio we use Iris in lots of our designs as they have a great colour and texture. Iris are commonly available in white with a yellow fleck or blue with a yellow fleck. If you hold the neck between your thumb and index finger and gently flick the bottom of the head with your other index finger this will encourage the flower to open.
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Hyacinths are another spring favourite as they create a lovely smell through our flower studio. They are great to use in your living room as once inside a warm room their scent is really accentuated. Hyacinths are available in a wide variety of vibrant colours and bring colour to many special occasions. We use a lot of the white hyacinths in our spring wedding designs. Hyacinths can be bought as cut flowers, or in a bulb form which will stand the cold weather outdoors. They do have sappy stems so some people may find that this will affect their skin, wearing gloves when handling hyacinths is advisable.
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Daffodils are probably the most classic spring flower that can be purchased and because of their price they offer great value because they are so simple to display. Daffodils are grown from a bulb and seeds and once cut they have a hollow stem. This hollow stem contains a toxic sap and for that reason daffodils should not be kept in the vase with other plants as the sap is harmful to them. Daffodils are the flower of March and symbol of 10th wedding Anniversary. Paper whites and Sol’s both have a scent to them and can be purchased in a mix of yellow, white and orange tones.
We hope these tips bring spring flowers to your window sill and help you enjoy them for longer this Easter.