April Showers, Easter Flowers

Spring flower arrangement - tulips with pansies, ranunculus and daffodils
Tulips, ranunculus, daffodils and pansies – oh my!

This week in honor of Easter, Woodbine Flowers bouquets are a little bigger and dressed up with a bit of tissue paper. Each Easter bouquet has 10+ tulips, plus daffodils, a few anemones or ‘snowflakes,’ eriostemon and – drumroll – several stems of ranunculus, the round very petal-packed flowers that kind of resemble roses. I’m guessing more than a few people have gotten into flower farming just for the ranunculus, it’s that special. I’m so pleased mine are blooming in time for Easter.

Strawberry-red ranunculus –

My favorite parrot tulip this year is ‘Silver Parrot,’ deceptively named for its beautiful white-edged leaves. The buds start out demure pink-tinted white;

Modest Silver Parrot tulip —

— then they blast open to hot pink fire-breathing dragons.

Silver Parrot Tulips

I grow mostly parrot and double tulips as they are more exciting than the single easter-egg tulips – but this year I planted a few single tulips including ‘Rejoice,’ a lovely pale shell-pink single, perfect in name for an Easter celebration of resurrection.

Rejoyce Tulip
‘Rejoyce’ pale pink tulip

Your bouquet tulips may also include Apricot or orange King parrots; Freeman (an apricot rose-streaked double that is like a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice); and feathery ivory ‘Piste,’ more like a peony than a tulip.  

‘Piste’ tulips in the cooler –
Easter bouquet of tulips, ranunculus and daffodils

Looking for Easter vase arrangements? Want them delivered in Lewis County?  I have some very sweet birch baskets filled with spring flowers, as well as larger pressed-glass or ceramic vase arrangements in the online shop; be sure to order no later than Friday for Saturday delivery, as Sunday we will be closed to celebrate – Easter.

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