Valentine's Day is fast approaching! As one of the busiest days of the year for any flower shop, we thought we'd plan ahead and give you a survival guide on how to make it through V-Day unscathed.
Living in Alberta, we're basically in a desert when it comes to flowers, compared to places like BC, California and Ecuador that have fantastic climates for tons of varieties to thrive. Because of this, so much has to be shipped in to us rather than being locally grown. This also means that the growing season for those florals is quite different than that of the ones that can be grown locally. This list is meant to not only give you the top flowers, but also their meanings and best availability.
Ranging from whites to blushes and into the deeper pinks, reds and corals, peonies are a symbol of compassion, bashfulness and a happy marriage. Peonies are available from May until Mid-July.
This gorgeous flower comes in almost any colour you can think of. Synonymous with "radiant charm", ranunculus is available all year, but is at it's best and most beautiful from March to May.
3. Garden Roses
Most commonly we think of David Austen Gardens and their beautiful varieties. Symbolisms are based on colour as with regular roses, from love to friendship, hope, and opulence. These luxurious flowers are available year round, but do require a lot of advanced notice in order to guarantee arrival.
4. Café au Lait Dahlia
Probably the most desired dinner-plate dahlia of all time. These huge blooms are a gorgeous mix of blushes, peaches, ivories and champagnes all within the same petals. Dahlias are a wild card when it comes to symbolism. For the most part they are seen as indicating commitment, creativity and elegance, but there really isn't any one true meaning. Café au Laits have a very short season compared to many flowers, and are really only available in August and September, barring an exceptional growing season.
Literally translated, "water-barrel", hydrangea symbolize heartfelt emotion and gratitude, are ever popular and will never go out of style. These lush huge blooms are available in a multitude of colours that are almost all available throughout the year (there are a few varieties that are more seasonal to spring or winter).
These unique, papery blossoms are most popular in white with a navy/black centre, but can be found with green centres and in a bunch of shades of pinks, reds and blues. Anemone are representative of anticipation, waiting for the delicate petals to unfurl and reveal with unique centres. They are available throughout the year, but are extremely difficult to get without tons of advanced notice and ordering minimum stem quantities.
7. Phalaenopsis Orchids
Also known as "Moth" Orchids because of their large flat bloom surface and natural shimmer, phalaenopsis symbolize love, beauty and refinement. They are available year round in plant form or by the stem, but are the biggest and most beautiful from May-August.
8. Sweet Peas
These delicate flowers get their name from their enticing fragrance and beautiful flowers. Sweet Peas represent bliss and delicate pleasure and are available from February-May.
Dahlia have a huge petal count and have a soft, yet structured look to the petals that makes them popular for both classic and modern brides. Ranging from pastels to deep rich tones, dahlias most symbolize inner grace and creativity. Available from August-October, these are a fantastic option for any autumn bride.
Not only on trend, these hearty plants are fantastic for hot summer days and provide great texture and structure to any bouquet or arrangement. Available year long and in a variety of colours, shapes, sizes, succulents provide a sense of growth and renewal.