April 20, 2011
With our shady lot, I’ve been a bit deprived of flowers so I’ve been looking around for some kind of flowering plant to add in the small patch of our yard that does get some sun. I haven’t pinpointed a suitable plant yet but I do have a few on my list. Whatever it ends up being will have to be hardy. That small spot of yard dries out in the heat of the summer and as much as I love to garden, I can’t be out everyday tending to high maintenance plants. One of my favourite flowers is the Ranunculus. These generously sized flowers are relatives to the common buttercup. And since buttercups love our lawn, I am hoping that the Ranunculus may be the lucky candidate. I still need to do a little research before any decisions are made.
There are over 400 varieties of Ranunculus but I especially like the varieties with layers upon layers of petals. They make a wonderful cut flower and with the wedding season fast upon us, you may see more and more of this lovely rose-like flower in bouquets and table centerpieces. They hold their own very well but look just as stunning combined with other flowers especially poppies, tulips and roses as well as interesting filler, like the pussy willow below.
I remember from planning my own wedding, that not all flowers are as available as you might like them to be or they tend to be fairly expensive if they are not local. I loved this lovely paper version and I think they are just as stunning as the real thing. Sunny & Stumpy has a good selection of pretty blossoms to choose from and if you are the crafty type, there is even a DIY kit for you to try.