Spring is in the air! Birds are chirping, the sun shows it’s face more often and Spring flowers are starting to bloom. But Spring isn’t only in the air, it’s also in my living room. No birds nests on my dining table, but beautiful Spring flowers in my vases. Which ones? The Ranunculus, the Anemone and the Leucospermum. Let me tell you more about these beauties.
The Ranunculus, available in different colors, is a typical Spring flower and so very elegant. Because the leaves open, the heart of the flower comes out nicely. Fun fact: in Victorian times it was tradition to give someone Ranunculus with a text saying: ‘I think you are rich in attractions’. You can see why the flower symbolizes charm! And did you know the Ranunculus is available in 250-600 different species! Members of the family include the buttercups, spearworts and water crowfoots. Curious where this beauty got it’s name from? The name Ranunculus is Late Latin for “little frog”. Since many species of the Ranunculus are found near water, like frogs, this is probably why it’s named after, well, little frogs. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad we decorate our houses with flowers instead frogs. But hey, that’s me.
Don’t confuse this happy flower with Daisies. The Anemone can be recognized by it’s dark heart and light colored leaves. It symbolizes ‘I would love to be with you’, so it’s the ideal flower to give to someone you’re falling in love with. There is also a myth about the Anemone. Anemona would have been a nymph at the court of the goddess Flora. According to the legend, Floras Zephyr, the god of the wind, fell in love with Anemona, whereupon the jealous goddess turned her into a flower. This is also why Anemone flowers are called wind flowers. Interesting, right?
If you know me well, you know I like most things tropical. So this tropical flower – all the way from South Africa – is definitely one of my favorite Spring flowers. Don’t be alarmed by it’s prickly look, it’s a lot softer than it appears. Leucospermum is Greek for white seed and the flower is available in red and orange. Are those happy colors, or what?
Which Spring flower is your favorite?
Want to know more about these flowers? Check out Mooiwatbloemendoen.nl.