As we journey through the seasons, different flora choose their favorite time of year to make their appearance, always unique to their location and environment. Here in Central Texas, the mountain laurel, tulips, and narcissus make their debut as the earliest bloomers of the year, usually in late January through February. After the threat of frost has passed, more delicate beauties come to life, like anemones, ranunculus, and iris.
One of the most common questions we are asked is, “What’s in season?” Every few months brings a new wave of beautiful blooms, offering a large variety of flowers for creating lush, fresh floral designs. In this seasonal guide, we want to lay out our favorite flowers of Spring and how we like to include them in our designs.
Also referred to as buttercups or windflower, anemones are a delicate bloom that can be found in many bold colors. One of the most popular varieties is panda anemones, with soft white petals and a dark navy center. These flowers are most well-known for their many mentions in Greek mythology. Anemones are perfect for creating organic, wildflower styles in vase arrangements or handheld bouquets, and just as precious in a lonesome bud vase. Truly versatile because of their beauty, just about any arrangement can be made better with anemones.
One of the truest symbols of Texas, bluebonnets typically bloom from March to May. The rolling fields found in the hill country are popular for photo backdrops – almost every native Texan has at least one baby photo sitting in a field of bluebonnets! We love using these blooms in wildflower arrangements or anything with a Texas theme.
One of the earliest bloomers of the year, daffodils are a sure sign that the Texas frost is almost over. Although they are most commonly yellow, some garden varieties are available in colors such as white, peach, and orange. Daffodils can turn any arrangement into a spring bouquet, especially when combined with other spring bulbs and blooms. Easter tends to be the most popular time to use daffodils, when they are in full bloom and before the sun gets too hot for the summer.
These fragrant flowers are known for their sweet scent and their ability to bloom year after year. Not only can you cut them for display in a vase, but you can actually save the bulbs. Once the blooms have died, all you have to do is dig up the bulbs, cut off the dead foliage and dry them for at least three days. Store them in a cool, dark place until next year, and replant for endless hyacinth!
Another Texas favorite, the Indian Paintbrush, or Prairie-Fire, is known to pop up alongside the bluebonnets on the rolling hillsides. It is a hardy bloom that lasts through early summer, and humble enough to pair with bigger focal blooms, like sunflowers.
A bloom that speaks ‘Spring’ wherever you see it, poppies will always be the star of the show in any arrangement. You can find their precious paper-thin petals in almost every color of the rainbow, but you may not know their colors until they pop! Poppy blooms stay covered in a fuzzy green cap until the petals inside become so compressed that they pop off their coat. For cut flower arrangements, poppies should be harvested before they pop for the longest shelf life.
Another versatile spring beauty, ranunculus blooms reveal endless petals in layers and layers of paper-thin perfection. As their buds open up, you’ll be amazed to watch them grow bigger every day. Ranunculus are available in an almost endless variety of colors, but some of our favorites are burgundy and pink. These delicate flowers are most popular in wedding arrangements and bridal bouquets paired with garden roses, peonies, and other fluffy focal flowers.
As each season passes, we look forward to every type of flower and foliage that comes available in its time. Although many farmers around the world now have the ability to grow certain flowers any time of the year, using seasonal blooms allows more opportunity for local farms to provide fresh flowers and ensures longer-lasting arrangements with fresh blooms. The next time you need a bouquet, don’t be afraid to ask what is in season or what is local in order to get the freshest seasonal florals.