And just like that, Spring has arrived. The change in seasons means an abundance of new and vibrant floral varieties, providing our creatives with renewed inspiration - from the designers in the workshop right through to the tutors at McQueens Flower School
. Whilst we don't like to play favourites, here are just a few gems that we're always looking forward to seeing again...
A springtime garden blooming inside McQueens Flowers School - photo, Rowan Spray
A springtime staple, and definitely not to be overlooked. Available in a breadth of colour and shape, there are a number of sensational tulip varieties which make them a statement flower in their own right. Take the unusual Parrot tulip - bold enough to be a single stem in a bud vase, or looks just dynamic en masse. Another favourite is the double tulip - a more decadent variety and an excellent alternative to the popular peony. Tulips are also an essential ingredient in creating the fluid silhouette found in the popular Dutch Masters style, a trend which has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years.
The exquisite Parrot Tulip
Dusty Olive Tulips - Rowan Spray
We’re sure we don’t need to extol the virtues of this fragrant vine arriving in mid-spring and dancing it's way right through to early summer. The gloriously frilly flower is now so numerous in its array of colour and shape that it can sit happily in a foraged, rustic gathering or amongst an ornate bridal bouquet.
Elegant sweet peas tucked within a stunning bridal bouquet
Adorable muscari (or grape hyacinth as they’re popularly known) often feel like they could be found in a vintage children’s book, nestled next to red and white toadstools. The diminutive but bold little flower holds a special charm reserved for those equally magical varieties such as bluebells, snowdrops and lily of the valley. Weddings featuring a blue colour palette often struggle with finding natural florals to match, however those getting married in spring are in luck - the most common shade of Muscari is that rich powdery blue that lifts our hearts at this time of year.
Bundles of evocative lilac are not only celebrated for their heady fragrance but the beautifully natural silhouette they bring whether we're creating a garden-inspired bouquet or an abundant spring urn arrangement. The large plumes of pretty flowers are available in whites, pinks and their namesake colour. Enjoy these aromatic treasures from mid-spring through to early summer.
Fragrant lilac - Rowan Spray
The Fresco bouquet
A sweet, springtime classic. We adore the spectrum of sunshine shades so associated with the season - dainty varieties such as Paperwhites are a particular favourite, and look exquisite dotted down an Easter table setting, intertwined with other seasonal gems such a heady hyacinth.
Sweet Narcissi - Roway Spray
The intricate beauty of fritillaria always ignites a wave of excitement throughout McQueens Flowers. The dancing silhouette adds a playful shape to arrangements - Fritillaria Meleagris is particularly fascinating. They’re deep plum in colour, complete with a beguiling and quite unique snakeskin pattern.
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Of course, if you prefer not to arrange your own flowers and are looking for the perfect gift we have a collection of awesome seasonal bouquets available to buy online or in store. Our seasonal range is updated throughout the year to reflect the best flower available.
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