A new year, a new beginning. The tulip is ideal for welcoming in the new year with its brilliant colours and varied appearance. If you gave someone a tulip in the sixteenth century, you were giving them a fortune.  In those days the flower was incredibly popular and a speculative trade in tulip bulbs developed. You could buy a whole canalside house in Amsterdam for the price of one tulip bulb in those days. A nice bunch of tulips now… Read more »

The cut flower of the month for December is possibly winter’s biggest, boldest, showiest bloom, the amaryllis.   The amaryllis’s petals are very unusual: they look like they’re made of fabulous velvet. In terms of colour they come in white, red, yellow, pink, salmon, purple, orange and bicoloured. There are usually 4 to 6 impressive flowers on the stem. The amaryllis as a cut flower does not have any leaves, which is why it’s sometimes called ‘Naked Lady’ in America. Care… Read more »

One of the prettiest, most versatile, and dependable of cut flowers is the flower of the month for November:  lisianthus. There is an enormous choice on offer: the lisianthus comes in white, green, blue, pink, lilac, purple and salmon. Some flowers even have petals with multiple colours. The lisianthus also comes in many forms: single and double flowered, large and small flowered and even with fringed petals. If that wasn’t enough, new forms are constantly being added! Apart from being… Read more »

Probably the single most popular, longest lasting, most versatile cut flower:  chrysanthemums! Chrysanthemums like making friends. They are easy to combine with other fabulous flowers such as roses and anthuriums to create a cheerful and extravagant bouquet. You can make the overall effect more robust by placing it in a rugged pot. Care tips for chrysanthemums Enjoy your chrysanthemums for at least 2 to 3 weeks with the following tips. •    Select a clean vase and fill it with tap water at… Read more »

  Lots of colour and texture from September 2016’s cut flower of the month:  the dahlia! The dahlia’s most eye-catching feature is its petals: sometimes evenly coloured, but often noticeably bright with spots or lines. Some flowers have a single row of petals, others have dozens – this fabulous flower has an incredible number of colour and shape variations! For example, the petals can be round, elongated or rolled. Dahlias can reach a height of 1.5 metres and a flower… Read more »

The flower plant of the month for August is a perennial favourite due to it’s huge blooms and range of colours:  hydrangea!   In the first half of the year you see red, pink, purple, white, green and blue hydrangeas, as well as hydrangeas which combine several colours. In the second half of the year there are the ‘colour-changed’ flowers. These hydrangeas have a green/dark red/brown tone and are good for drying. These are actually flowers that the grower has… Read more »