With the changing of the season we see the emergence of delicate, textural flowers. A delight to the hopeless romantics and those who relish the contrast between fragile blooms and harsh unforgiving weather. When most think of brisk mornings, short days and cold hands, others are appreciating the feeling of hot coffee, snuggling in bed and the dramatic scenery that unfolds during this time of year.
With the sense of security an intimacy this season creates, it is a perfect time for couples to unite their love. So what better time of year to get married than winter? Believe it or not, there are quite an abundance of interesting flora and fauna to choose from.
What flowers are in season during the colder months?
Typical flowers you will find available during the Australian winter are Celosia, daffodils, tulips, cyclamen, poppies and daphne. These are only a few of the hundreds of flowers available during this chilly season. We have shone the spotlight on four favorites.
Blushing Bride Flower
Season: July to October
As the name suggests, this particular bloom will get the blood rushing to your cheeks the first time you set your eyes on them. The South African native appears as a star burst of cream with a tinge of pink in the middle. The texture of a Blushing Bride flower makes it a popular choice when paired with flowers of similar colours as it creates a stunning contrast to softer blooms.
Blushing bride flower in the garden
Commonly known as Serruria florida, Blushing Bride flower loves a very sunny position in well drained soil. They grow to between 0.8 and 1.5 meters tall and they do exceptionally well in garden pots.
Season: Autumn to Winter
A winter favorite, Cymbidium Orchids are among some of the most recognisable flowers in the world. A low maintenance plant, they have quite a prolonged flowering period. Lasting for about 3 months and with a vase-life of 4 to 6 weeks. Typically they are cut off the stem and wired into bouquets, buttonholes and corsages.
You can find these orchids in a huge array of colours. Green, burgundy, pink, white, apricot and cream plants are readily available on the market. The flower heads grow on a ‘spike’ that typically has between 4 to 15 blooms on them (the older the plant, the more heads per spike).
Cymbidium Orchids in the garden
Cymbidium Orchids do very well in pots. Choose an area in the garden that receives filtered light and is protected from wind and frost. Water plants evenly, not letting them get too wet and defiantly not too dry. Re-pot every 2 to 3 years in a bark-based orchid mix.
Many like to bring their Cymbidium inside during Winter so they can take full advantage of their flowering season.
Season: Early Winter to Summer
These deliciously smelling, delicate flowers are a firm winter flower favourite. They look gorgeous in a flower vase by themselves or mixed with other soft looking flowers in a bouquet tied with silky satin ribbon. Available in pinks, reds, purple, white and creams, Sweet Peas add a feminine touch to any event.
Sweet Peas in the garden
Sweet peas love full sun but need moist well drained soil in which to thrive. They are fantastic climbers, so provide a trellis or stake for them. They are best planted between February to April and grow anywhere from 1.5 to 2 meters tall.
Season: August to September
One of the most fragrant flowers available on the market, the Hyacinth is not only coveted for its perfume, but for its quaint and delicate appearance. A beautiful addition to any home, these flowers look fantastic casually placed in a flower vase or terracotta pot. From strap like leaves, a fleshy spike emerges. A brush of star-like florets clinging to the fragile stem. Because of this, Hyacinths are more commonly used in table centerpieces rather then in a bouquet to prevent then from being crushed.
Hyacinths in the garden
Hyacinths are a bulbous plant that thrives in a well drained soil in a hot, sunny position. They are best planted at the start of Autumn and at a depth of 10 to 15 cm and 10 to 15 cm apart. For best results, try to keep the soil moist.
Who could imagine the abundance of flowering plants during this seemingly barren time of year. Well, if you look carefully enough, you may come across some pretty exclusive items. Those that perfectly mimic the intimacy of the season. If you are lucky enough to be getting married in the coming months, why don’t you try to enhance the feeling of the day with these gorgeous blooms? What are your favorite Winter flowers?