British Flowers Week Blog 4 – Spring Flowers

The earth awakens and we get to see nature burst back into life and with it our senses. The soundtrack of spring is music to my ears, birds, wildlife, the waters moves, the skies change about practising all weathers. Little lambs, hares, blossoms, and spring flowers!


We start to see the fruition of the darker, colder days in growth and renewal. We see it in our British Flowers .


 I love how flowers connect me to even slight shifts in our environment, they reflect what’s going on in the world. Take, right now a global pandemic, so many factors are affecting the flowers we are seeing. Spring flowers got us through the lockdown but the flower industry is a good place to start to understand the impacts locally and globally for not just the economy but people and their wellbeing. 

The impact of how we treat our environment, we see in the weather , in the earth and then in flowers. See! Oh, this is a whole other blog but my point being how Spring Flowers feel so important in my heart right now, how they carried me/ us through and provided connection at a time we so needed it and still do.  Spring Flowers – and @pipley flowers thank you because you helped us get through and change and adapt, whilst not compromising our ethos.

So Spring….

A time for rebirth, renewal of growth, green shoots and a thousand and one other clichés. The word “spring” has several meanings. It is to suddenly jump upwards or forwards, a natural source of water, a fitment in a chair or bed and of course it is also the season between winter and summer. 

Lots about movement – Spring is. How we change and adapt, how we can be resilient. Take steps forward, even if we go backwards a bit too…that’s okay. All springs teach us that. 

It teaches us patience and gives us excitement  and teasers of what’s around the corner … you feel trickles of all the seasons in the flowers, and that’s what I love about spring flowers.


Some Spring British Flowers we might have in stock are as follows below, I’ve added a few meanings but like I’ve said before that’s some other blogging… the magic qualities of flowers … well that’s my heart and that’s a lot to spill in one go. 


Early Spring

Anemones

Bluebells–  said to mean humility or gratitude. They can also represent everlasting love. It is believed that you can use a bluebell to call fairies, and you should not pick them because it brings bad luck to your home. Bluebells are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act, so they can’t be picked with the purpose of selling them.

Crocus– youthfulness, cheerfulness.

Cyclamen, Daffodils

Daphne, Forsythia, Hellebore

Hyacinth– Pink hyacinths mean ‘playful joy’ which really reflects the essence of spring.

Leucojum (spring snowflake)

Magnolia, Muscari

Narcissi – The gift of daffodils means ‘you are the only one’ and is believed to bring happiness..

Pieris, Primula

Primrose– The primrose symbolises not being able to live without a partner, and is usually related to young love.

Pussy Willow

Snowdrop– hope, rebirth, purity and consolation

Soloman’s seal, Violets

Late Spring

Allium –  means unity and patience, and is often given to someone who is seen as flawless and elegant, making it the ideal choice for brides-to-be.

Anemone, Apple Blossom, Antirhinum

Bluebells, Cherry Blossom, Daffodil

Dicentra , Freesia , Fritileria , Hyacinth

Iris– Royalty, faith, hope, wisdom

Lilacs–  symbolise renewal and confidence which is why they are often given as graduation gifts

Lily of the Valley , Lupin

Narcissi , Ornithogalum 

Ranunculus, Tulip

Spring Festivals & Rituals

Beltane…. May Day

Beltane honours spring at its peak and looks forward to the beginning of summer. Beltane to me is really a flower celebration. It’s a time I especially feel very blessed to be doing life with flowers and try to show gratitude for that  . . . By showing off the amazing flower energy available. Celebrate flowers,nature, our connection to nature. 

It marks the return of fertility to the land when livestock would have been put out to pasture, celebrating the new life that will emerge as the seasons transition.

The word ‘Beltane’ originates from the Celtic God ‘Bel’, which means ‘bright one’, and the Gaelic word ‘teine’, meaning ‘fire’. A festival of passion and light, and for us flowers. 

More to come on Beltane but I just wanted you to know now how important I think spring is for flowers, and the energy we can draw from them.xx