Spring flowers are loved around the world because they are the herald of the Earth’s return to life after the long dark of winter. Aside from spotting a robin, seeing the first shoots pushing up out of the earth is often our first sign that spring is near. As such, spring flowers are perfect symbols of life, birth, and positive energy.
Springtime has long been celebrated for a myriad of reasons. In fact, it’s hard not to find something to celebrate about. The ground thaws, meaning planting can take place and that food shortages are no longer going to be an issue. The snows melt and the ice goes away, and the need for warm clothing becomes less pressing.
Birds and animals return to the area, fresh spring flowers begin to bloom, and the delivery of the first buds appears on trees. It’s hard not to feel good amidst these natural gifts, especially after having suffered through the dreary winter months.
It’s great to enjoy the springtime, but it’s also good to know more about spring flowers. When they bloom, growing conditions, and even simple things like their names. That’s where this guide comes in – we’ve put together some helpful information about spring flowers to make your spring season more enjoyable.
Types of Spring Flowers
The following list outlines many of the most common and popular spring flowers:
· Agapanthus – These delightful spring flowers, more often known as Lily of the Nile or the African lily, have graced gardens with its peaceful blue and whites for years. Native to South Africa, it and its sub-species have since been adapted to different climates. It’s a popular show flower because of the vibrant blues and violets that the blossoms show off.
One interesting fact is that the agapanthus’ sap is in possession of anti-inflammatory and anti-oedemic properties. Don’t take a bite of the flower to cure your aches, however, as the flower is also capable of causing blood poisoning in humans (and the sap leaves nasty ulcerations in the mouth)!
· Bird of Paradise – Perhaps one of the most uniquely beautiful spring flowers in the world, the bird of paradise is named due to the resemblance its bloom shares with the beak and plumage of tropical birds. Interestingly, the banana-shaped leaves of the plant caused it to originally be classified as a member of the banana family – an error that has since been rectified.
· Cherry blossoms – The cherry blossom, or sakura in Japanese, is the unofficial national flower of Japan. The beautiful pinks and whites of the blossoms make this one of the most popular and well-loved spring flowers on the planet. First appearing in April, they herald the arrival of spring in Japan. The most popular variety of cherry blossom in Japan is the Somei Yoshino variety, with blossoms that are nearly pure white, and tinged with faint pink undertones.
· Orchids – Perhaps the most globally popular of the spring flowers, different varieties of orchid have been adopted as national flowers by many different nations around the world. A tropical flower known to grow on the trunks and in the branches of trees, they are widely sought-after by flower fans for their striking coloration and vibrant beauty. Orchids are the largest variety of flowering plants in the world, with an estimated 20,000-30,000 different natural species.
· Roses – Roses are arguably the most popular spring flowers in the world, and have a long and healthy tradition in human culture. Symbols of love, peace, war, politics and more, roses are widely-sought thanks to their wide variety of colors, exquisite fragrance, and pleasing appearance. The origins of the cultivated rose can be traced back to the ancient Persian Empire, which was located in the modern-day Middle East.
· Tulips – The tulip is the third most popular flower in the world, and the second most popular of the spring flowers. Available in a wide variety of colors, tulips can be found in gardens all over Europe and North America. Not named after a resemblance to two lips, as many believe, it is actually believed that the word “tulip” is a corruption of the Turkish word “tulbend,” which means turban. Interesting fact – tulip bulbs can be used as a replacement for onions in cooking.
These are just a few of the most popular spring flowers, but there are hundreds more from around the world. If you’re preparing to plant a garden based on spring flowers, make sure you find out when they need to be planted (most often in the fall previous), and what the idea growing conditions are. Some spring flowers prefer shade, whereas others require a lot of sun. Include a mixture of similar flowers for an extra-special visual treat.
Keeping these handy tips in mind can help you on your way to having the most beautiful garden in the neighbourhood.
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