We grew up with May Day traditions. We’d bring baskets to our neighbors, usually brimming with treats, candy, and spring bulbs for planting. In many countries, it’s a celebration of renewal and a welcome for the new season. Now, our way of celebrating spring comes in the form of anticipation: we look forward to the last frost, the cheerful crocuses pushing their colorful blooms up, the time when we can start planting outdoors after Mother’s Day.
At the shop, there’s always a fresh wave of excitement. May is when we start to see peonies; it’s when irises start popping, too—the bearded iris is particularly beautiful with its showy, magical spectrum of colors.
The change of season is echoed in our arrangements. We get brighter in the spring because we’re desperate for color. We start working with local ranunculus, and double late tulips. This is when we get out into our yards and neighborhoods to find forsythia and quince, lilac, cherry, plum, and apple blossoms, the endless burst of flowering branches. It’s a romantic floral season because we’re so ready for it.
It’s tempting to trim things in your yard yourself. At the shop, we try to maximize the vase life for these plants and branches by carefully cutting and preparing them for optimum enjoyment.
If you’re planning on ordering a springtime arrangement, our Designer’s Choice and the whimsical, expansive Wild + Free offerings take advantage of where we are in the season to showcase the freshest, of-the-moment flowers, branches, grasses and greenery. Each arrangement encapsulates the spirit of springtime in all its glory: lush new growth, dewy blossoms, and a rush of color.