At First Blush – Pink Ranunculus Arrangement
with Andromeda (Pieris) and Tea Tree
Is it just us or are these hot pink ranunculus (also known as Persian buttercups!) like a daintier, more compact peony? Their latin name is a portmanteau of ‘rana’ meaning ‘frog’ and ‘unculus’ meaning ‘little’… translating to ‘Little Frog’ in honour of the frog filled streams they bloomed along the banks of in Spring. CUTE!
Do you remember when you were little, holding a buttercup under your chin, and taking the resulting golden glow to mean that you did indeed like butter? Not just an optical illusion, ranunculus have mirror flat cells on their petals which actually do bounce back light. Basically they’re your very own spotlight.
Long regarded as a symbol of beauty and charm, ranunculus have historically been sent to show someone they were the object of admiration. Combined with clusters of pieris and fragrant tea tree branch, this week’s box is all about taking the time to shine a light on and admire yourself!
Pink Ranunculus – Fluffy double petalled pink ranunculus are the quintessential Spring bloom! Ranunculi symbolise charm and radiance – and there’s really no better flower to bring that Spring glow into your home. Simply pop them into fresh water and let them do their thing. However as they tend to make vase water murky, recut and change the water regularly, and even quite tight looking buds should eventually bloom.
Andromeda – Your Andromeda, also known as Pieris or Japonica, is locally grown but originated in Japan. It’s name comes from Greek mythology and is also the name of our neighbouring galaxies. We love this shower of tiny buds for a gorgeous splash of soft texture. Scatter it throughout your vase as the perfect finishing touch to your arrangement this week.
Here’s what you’ll need.
1 bunch of ranunculus
1-2 stems of andromeda (pieris)
soft foliage like tea tree or a feathery fern
clean glass vase
sharp scissors or flower shears