10 Seasonal Cut Flowers available in May is the focus of this blog post. So, if you’re looking to buy blooms this month and you live in the Northern Hemisphere, then read on. Whether you’re buying flowers for your home or as a gift, planning a May wedding or you’re organising an event or party in May, I’m sure you’ll find this post hugely beneficial.
Sweet Pea | Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet peas (pictured above) have dainty ruffled petals and an incredible scent. They come in a wide range of colours including white, cream, lilac, apricot, purple, pink, red and burgundy. Their botanical name Lathyrus odoratus means ‘fragrant peas’ and in the language of flowers, they symbolise pure and delicate pleasures.
Solomon’s Seal | Polygonatum
Solomon’s Seal has graceful arching stems supporting pairs of delicate white and green bell-shaped flowers.
Lilac | Syringa vulgaris
Lilac has clusters of small highly scented flowers. You’ll find it in purple, lilac, pink and white.
Lily of the Valley | Convallaria majalis
Lily of the valley has small, bell-shaped flowers on short arching stems. And they have a beautiful, distinctive scent. Popular in wedding bouquets, they can be found in white and there’s also a variety that has pale pink petals. They tend to have a short vase life due to their strong scent.
Ranunculus | Ranunculus asiaticus
One of my favourite flowers at this time of year is the Ranunculus. I just love its layers upon layers of delicate petals which remind me of a ballerina’s tutu. The petal colours range from red, yellow, cream and orange to peach, pink, white, lilac and burgundy. Ranunculus are great to use in arrangements instead of peonies and roses before their season starts.
A relative newcomer to the floristry scene. It has single formed flowers and the stems can carry twelve to fifteen flowers each. The flower petals have a tiny layer of wax that gives them a sparkling appearance and a long vase life too. They come in pale apricot, pink, orange, yellow and red.
White varieties are available this month shortly followed by lilac and purple varieties. Alliums are in the same family as onions. Did you know that when you cut their stem, you can smell an oniony scent?
Hawthorn | Crataegus monogyna
Hawthorn blossom features small, dainty, bell-shaped flowers, which have a beautiful, distinctive scent. Look out for the prickles!
Sweet Rocket | Hesperis matronalis
Available in white and purple, Sweet Rocket has wonderfully scented flowers formed in loose clusters.
Guelder Rose | Viburnum opulus
Guelder rose has pompom-shaped heads of delicate tiny flowers in green, which whiten with age. Its other common names include Snowball and Snowball Tree.
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(Images: Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)