Guide to Spring Flowers
It may be hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner while we’re still experiencing snow flurries in late February. However there are already a few daffodil plants appearing on the verges, which will soon erupt into a gorgeous display of yellow, and before we know it we’ll be surrounded by the colours of Spring as trees blossom and flowers bloom.
According to Interflora, the most popular types of Spring flowers with their customers are daffodils, tulips, peonies, hyacinths, narcissus, crocuses, bluebells, lily of the valley, fritillaries and irises. There’s nothing quite like a vase full of colourful Spring flowers to brighten up a room.
Along with daffodils, blossoms appearing on trees are one of the most welcome Spring sights, signifying the end of winter. Blackthorn is usually the earliest to flower, with its mass of white blossoms appearing in early to mid-Spring. The Yoshino cherry trees with their pale pink or white flowers blossom in late March and early April and the wild cherry’s white flowers bloom in April, even before its leaves appear.
Gardens full of Spring flowers are also such a welcome sight after the dreariness of winter. You may already be seeing some spring bulbs beginning to flower in your garden and if not you will soon be enjoying the results of any bulbs you planted in Autumn, including bright yellow daffodils, hyacinths, with their heady scent and gorgeous tulips and lollipop alliums. Bleeding hearts (dicentra) will cover fading snowdrops with their ferny leaves in early Spring and then produce pretty pink flowers of their own towards the middle of Spring.
Planting Flowers in Spring
If you have tender bulbs such as dahlias and begonias, it’s best to keep them in their pots indoors until you’re sure there’s no more danger of frost, as they’re not very hardy. Most bulbs prefer to be in sunnier areas. You can also plant bright primulas, heathers and hybrid primroses in pots outside in early Spring, as well as Summer-flowering bulbs like lilies and dahlias. Hanging baskets and summer containers can be planted up in late Spring provided you can give them cover overnight. Pansies prefer cool weather so is an ideal flower to plant in Spring for a bit of colour in early season window boxes and patio containers. The variety of colour makes for a pretty and cheerful display.
If you want to plant seeds for a Summer flower display, then now is the time to start thinking about it. Marigold, sunflower, lobelia and petunia seeds are just a few to consider planting in Spring to bloom from July onwards.
Whether it’s a bunch of flowers in a vase indoors, window boxes and patio containers full of pretty blooms, a garden coming alive with daffodils and tulips or a stunning display of cherry blossoms on a tree, Spring flowers are always a welcome sight at this time of year. They’re a symbol of new beginnings, reminding us of the warmer months coming up and helping us to look forward to the year ahead.
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