Can you believe that March is over already? Time is literally flying here.
I’m back with the second half of our current top 10 favorite flowers today. Before I get into the list, I wanted to cover one thing that came up after my first top 10 post: how we came up with this top 10 list. The answer is pretty simple: we took a vote. The Flower Muse team is comprised of many different skill sets (and personality types!); we’ve got designers, web folks, people who spend all their time with our partner farms (me), number crunchers, etc. So, we took and vote and in the event of a tie (there was only one), I was the tie breaker (which is only fair since I spend more time with flowers than anyone else!). OK, here’s part 2 of the list:
5. White Majolica Spray Roses: you’ll see these featured prominently on the site right now because they are awesome in pretty much every way. They are not expensive, look incredible, are easy to design with, work for almost any style, etc. They are also very elegant looking without being fragile. We love these and can’t recommend them enough.
4. Baby Green Hydrangea: we’re seeing this flower in a lot of places these days. Does that mean that it is played out? Not even close. This hydrangea not only adds an amazing touch of chartreuse green to any arrangement / event, but it can play either a supporting (accent) role or be the main area of focus. It is also a very hardy flower, so you don’t have to worry about it drooping on you. The other great thing about baby hydrangea is that it essentially comes with its own greenery / foliage (it has prominent leaves), so it’s pretty much an all-in-one package.
3. Tinto Red Roses: we think this is going to be “the” red rose of the future. Tinto has a deep and rich red color and slightly velvety petals. It also has a great bloom size and phenomenal vase life. Red roses are still far and away the most popular flowers in North America and rose farms put a lot of thought and research into which red roses they choose to plant. The vast majority of roses planted in the last five years have been the Freedom variety. Freedom is an outstanding red rose with a classic red color, consistent opening and great vase life. There’s a reason that it is so popular! That said, we think that Tinto takes all that is wonderful about Freedom and takes it up another notch. If you are looking for a lush red rose for an event or to send as a bouquet, take a look at Tinto.
2. Green Mini-Cymbidiums: for many people, bigger flowers are always better flowers. While that may be the case for certain flowers, we feel that exactly the opposite is true when it comes to mini-cymbidiums vs. standard cymbidiums. We love both types of cymbidiums and think that they are among the most captivating flowers in the world; however, we like mini-cymbidiums just a little more! Why, you ask? Mini-cymbidiums are not only far less expensive than standard cymbidium orchids (they are generally about half the price), but they also contain more blooms / flowers per stem. As a result, the stems look fuller and you have an opportunity to use more blooms for corsages, floating arrangements, etc. Take a look and go mini!
1. Red Gloriosa Lilies: this is our collective favorite flower right now. It’s not because it’s inherently a “better” flower than any other flower (listed here or otherwise), but it’s a uniquely captivating flower that many people either don’t know about or are just afraid to use. Here’s a secret: you can’t go wrong with making a design with gloriosa lilies. They stand on their own and don’t require and “design skills” to make a really stunning arrangement; a small simple vase is all you need. We’re not saying that this has to be everyone’s favorite flower, but since this is our list, we wanted to share that it is our current favorite.
That’s all for today, everyone. If you need anything or have any questions, let us know @ firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/theflowermuse) for other tips.
Next time, I’ll be discussing flower vase life and what flowers you might want to select based on your vase life needs. Until next time…