In the midst of winter, snow-covered landscapes lose their former magic, and walking in the frosty air no longer seems so romantic. Floral compositions, which remind us of spring’s approach, can help bring bright colors to cold weekdays. Sadly, during a cold season, your choices of flowers delivered will be limited but there are quite a few that can bring joy to your loved ones even in the middle of the winter.
Often as early as January, the small, white blossoms of the snowdrop break through the snow cover and slowly herald the beginning of spring. At the end of the flower stalk sits a single flower, encased in bracts in the bud stage and stands erect. When it blooms it detaches and hangs down like a bell.
Florists offer about 18 species and 500 varieties of a snowdrop. Quite similar from a distance, it is often only on closer inspection that it becomes apparent how different the varieties are. There are simple flowers and highly fragrant, pure white, and those with delicate markings. And yes, you can find flowers in the wild, usually near former monasteries. There they were probably cultivated for religious reasons since many biblical stories are built around the snowdrop.
Late February and March is the ideal time for pansies. The small blossoms provide a colorful spring feeling. Even when placed in pots, pansies are among the blooming highlights on patios and balconies. There is a wide variety too, whether in white, red, or blue-violet, multicolored, patterned, or with a frilly edge – hardly any wishes remain unfulfilled. Due to the spots and patterns in the center of the flowers, it almost looks as if little faces are peeking out from between the green leaves.
You can enjoy pansies planted in the spring into the summer in a pot and with proper care. The main thing is to give the small flowering plant a sunny to partial shade location in the flower bed or on the balcony. In a vase, they will stay fresh for a lot less time but for a week or so they will cause anyone who looks at them to smile.
If there is a flower that combines a variety of meanings, then it is probably the lily. Kindness, purity, love, fertility, femininity, unity, and transience – all this it can represent. But mostly, the lily is known as a symbol of femininity because of the differences in colors and the sweet fragrance. This meaning goes back to ancient Egypt. Greek and Roman brides were also crowned with lilies in hopes of a pure and fruitful life.
The Romans filled their pillows and blankets with lily flowers to surround themselves with their scent. Thus, lilies became the epitome of the scent of love. If a lady receives this sweet-smelling flower, she can be sure: “My lover sends this.”
In late winter and early spring, the small crocuses put the first bright splashes of color in parks and gardens. Actual wild populations exist only in the foothills of the Alps and from the Allgäu to the Berchtesgaden Alps. However, even if this flower is not native to your region you will most likely find it online and will be able to please your loved one with a gift.
The camellia flower is like something out of a fairy tale. When everything is still bare, the evergreen camellia shrub is already blooming lushly and beautifully. Neither cold nor snow can stop this winter bloomer. The plant delights with its rose-like flowers during the first four months of the year. The combination with large, shiny leaves makes it an attractive feature for anyone who longs for greenery and color in their home.
Not coincidentally, autumn violets are the most common plants in the garden. Planted directly in the ground, in boxes and pots on the balcony or terrace – everywhere violet blooms for months. Breeders and professional gardeners have developed the most beautiful varieties, so today there are yellow, white, pink, blue, orange, and red flowers, with dark spots and with patterns that look like faces, which adds to the contrast within the flower.
There are large-flowered and small-flowered violas, and now you can find more and more varieties. Some varieties are known by their names, such as Dutch, Aalsmeersche, or Swiss Giants. Viola cornuta, also known as horned violet, is very popular among small-flowered plants.
Thanks to a huge variety of cut flowers on the market we do not have to think for a long time, about what flowers to choose as a gift in winter. Besides the ones we already mentioned, there several more flowers you can get in cold seasons:
Pine branches are also often included in winter bouquets.
Another name for camellia is actually Queen of Winter Flowers.
Leontopodium alpinum, or snow flower, does not actually bloom in winter but the name is fitting considering it has star-shaped silver-white blooms.
Hellebores flower got its name of winter rose because it blooms right around the Christmas season.
The choice will largely depend on the theme and style of your wedding but white flowers of any kind always look good at the winter wedding, and to add a little color or to emphasize the arrival of spring, all sorts of greenery are used.
Violets and Primroses have long been the flowers of February. Their purple blooms symbolize modesty, faithfulness, and virtue.
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