Flower of the Month - The Lily
This month’s flower of the month is the lily, and we guarantee you’ll be surprised at just how many flowers that covers, from exotic vines lilies to garden tulips, lilies are available in most shapes and sizes and a fabulous variety of colors.
There are many different ways to create stunning decorated eggs for your Easter celebration, here we cover just a few.
Easter is finally here and with it, spring at last. Our flower of the month is the Easter Lily, In DIY projects we look at how to dye Easter Eggs, from the basic method to something still foolproof, but fancy. Our Easter Menu looks a quick, tasty foods you can serve to guests while sticking to tradition, and as always these are so simple, they are recipes even I can cook. Enjoy the spring!
This edition of A Fool for Flower is all about spring, so where better to start than with spring’s biggest celebration: Easter. Do you decorate your home for the time of year? My mother’s concession to spring was to fill vases with pussy willows, but since I enjoy any excuse to decorate, I like to use easter flowers wherever I can, from the traditional white lilies to bright and cheerful daffodils and everything in between.
Traditional Easter Flowers
For me, the traditional spring flower is the daffodil, bright, traditionally yellow and always cheerful, but the flower most often associated with Easter isn’t the daffodil or even that other early spring flowers, the crocus. The traditional Easter flower is the Easter Lily properly known as Liium Longiflorum or the Easter Lily.
Like many plants grown from bulbs (did you know tulips are also members of the lily family) Easter Lilies have a story to tell. Legend has always associated these flowers with the feminine – they were sacred to the Goddess Hera in the ancient world and became associated with the Virgin Mary. White lilies are said to have sprung from the ground in the Garden of Gethsemane, hence their association with Easter, but what you may not know is that the Easter Lily is a native of Japan, specifically the Ryuku or Nansei Islands which were, for many years the main source of bulbs.
In 1919 an American soldier called Louis Houghton brought a suitcase filled with Lily bulbs home to coat of Oregon where he and some of his friends began to grown lilies as a hobby. In December 1941, following the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, the regular supply of lily bulbs from Japan was cut off and lily bulbs became rare in the USA. Those who grew them as a hobby began growing them commercially and now most easter lilies in the USA are grown along the US pacific coast.
Tulips can last 7 days or even longer in a vase if you care for them, but because of their fleshy stems many people believe they are difficult to arrange and avoid these wonderful flowers as a result. This articles describes how to care for tulips so the last as long as possible.read more
Valentines dinner at home has many advantages. Its certainly less expensive! The key to success is to plan in advance and choose food that’s easy to make and easy to eat but is just a little different from the typical menu. Here we’ve chosen to use edible flowers in a simple menu which begins with a cold soup you can make ahead of time, a simple, quickly made pasta dish and a simple rose petal ice cream.read more
Winter is a fabulous time of year for a wedding and bouquets for winter brides are amongst the beautiful bouquets of all, so don’t be afraid to schedule your events for the winter months, you could end up with something more memorable and original.read more
Looking for an unusual bouquet, but one that’s easy for a DIY bride? Look no further, the pave style bouquet is here and Smither Oasis have launched some excellent foam bouquet holders you can use to create your own. Read more and watch our video!read more
Purple is a favorite color for many, but the problem is that there just aren’t that many flower which come in purple, in fact, when it comes to wedding color schemes there’s only one which is more difficult, and that’s blue. This post looks at the flowers that are available in all shades, from pale lilac to dark purple and the looks at some of the most interesting designs of purple wedding flowers, purple with white, purple with pink and the bold and beautiful purple with red. Fresh flowers, silk, bouquets and centerpieces, we’ve tried to cover it all, but if you have questions, please add a comment and we’ll try to add more!read more
Sunflower wedding bouquets are usually hand tied, rustic bunches of flowers, brilliant and effective, but you wouldn’t think of them as versatile, but think again. There are many ways to use sunflowers, cascade bouquets are perfectly possible, and perhaps best of all, yellow is right on trend, so for fashion and fun, sunflowers may be the best choice for your bridal flowers.read more
Wedding florists can be worth their weight in gold when the work with you, help you with your budget and deliver the flowers you always dreamt of. But florists are also in business to make a profit. Are they worth what you might end up paying? Read the post, watch the video. What do you think?read more
Tulips once changed hands for a small furtune, they even caused an economic crisis back in the 17th century. Todays tulips come in many forms, love them for themselves, or use them as substitutes for peonies, some say the peony tulip is even better than the peony itself!
Read all about ways to use tulips, and most importantly how to choose and prepare them for use in your flower arrangements, centerpieces and displays.
Can there ever be too many roses? Is there an occasion where roses aren’t appropriate? I don’t think so.read more