So we were brainstorming ideas for this next year of blog posts (52 unique ideas?! No problem, ‘mon), and I had a stroke of lazy genius. Why not write a focus post on one specific flower per month? Our motivation is to get folks familiar with arranging materials other than the standard (and lovely) roses, sunflowers, and tulips and encourage a little variety in the blooms their buying. Let me know what you think of this endeavor. Comment below if there’s a particular flower you’d like to learn more about!
Coming out fast of Gate #1 is the lovely and multi-faceted Ranunculus. Have you ever heard of them before? This treasure ranks right up there with peonies in my book. In fact, they resemble peonies on a miniature scale somewhat. They are made up of many layers of crepe-like, thin-as-paper petals:
When you see them in the shop, they may not be all that impressive, but the truth of the matter is, that these flowers literally “rise” to the occasion, if given the chance. Give them a fresh cut when you get home, some time in the pool (of water), and watch as their buds open, and they are spectacular!
A bunch at Trader Joe’s last week were $5.99, and with the way these grow, bloom, and last, you really don’t need any more than one bunch to make a statement.
- If you are a warmer-zoned gardener you can easily grow these in your flower garden. Imagine that!
- If you are a cooler-zoned gardener you can still grow them in your summer garden! Just yank the bulbs out and replant them before and after freeze dates. The bulbs are happy to winter out of the dirt, and in a brown paper bag without losing any of their showstopping talents!
- Ranunculus, like their other hollow-stemmed friend the Tulip, continue to grow after they have been cut.
- The variety of colors these blooms come in is wide ranging, and it could be why it’s a great choice for bridal floral needs. I love putting them together in a chromatic combination.
The nature of the Ranunculus is to grow in a non-linear way, kind of curvy, and it speaks to me to exploit the natural curves of these stems. I usually remove most of the wimpy leaves, to let the stems shine. If you are a straight and narrow kind of flower person, you can straighten these stems out with a strong floral wire (22 gauge), though that’s not my thing.
We have added some of our favorite uses of ranunculus to our Pinterest boards, and you can see a few of the pins over on the righthand side of You Do Flower’s homepage! We have included lots of pins with a great variety of suggested uses, so take a quick peek for a dash of inspiration.
So now that we have introduced you to Ranunculus, and you now know what a stellar value it is, there is little excuse to not try them in your next arrangement. Here are a couple of my throw back favorites!