Can I let you in on a little secret? Next time you feel sort of under the weather, go to the nearest flower shop and spend at least 15 minutes gazing around. I have my personal favourite a few steps away from my apartment where nobody is bothered if i sat on their window for hours admiring their fresh flowers and their blooming storefront made in heaven. When time is up, I buy a small colourful bouquet and take it home. Then it happens! Mood changes rapidly in the sight of this delicate friend sitting in my vase! Flower bomb, exploded!
“Hydrangeas: Hydrangeas produce flowers from early spring to late autumn. Each individual Hydrangea flower is relatively small. However, the display of color is enhanced by a ring of modified bracts around each flower.In most species of Hydrangea the flowers are white, but in some species, can be blue, red, pink, or purple. In Hydrangea species the exact color often depends upon the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Acidic soils produce blue flowers, neutral soils produce pale cream petals, and alkaline soils result in pink or purple.”
“Alstroemeria: Alstroemeria flower is symbolic of wealth, prosperity and fortune. It is also the flower of friendship. Its flowers bloom during late spring or early summer. Alstroemeria is named after the Swedish botanist Klas von Alstroemer, who was a pupil of the great botanical classifier Linnaeus. Alstroemeria flowers have no fragrance and have a vase life of about two weeks.”
“Old Garden Roses: Old Garden roses are the predecessors of today’s roses. Some date back to the time of the Roman Empire when they were revered for their beauty and fragrance. Old garden roses have a delicate beauty and wonderful perfume not often found in modern hybrid tea roses. They are a diverse group from the stately albas with wonderful fragrance and great winter hardiness to the tender and lovely tea roses best suited for warm climates.”
Tulips: The word Tulip is thought to be a corruption of the Turkish word ‘tulbend’ for turban. The Tulip was introduced by a famous Austrian biologist Carolus Clusius. There are now over 3,000 different registered varieties of cultivated Tulips. Every year billions of Tulips are cultivated, a majority of which are grown and exported from Holland. Tulips symbolize imagination, dreaminess, perfect lover and a declaration of love.
(photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especially for teapot.gr, and thank you Anthaki for letting me visit your blooming world!)