Winter is winding down in Portsmouth, and our florists at Flowers by Leslie are getting ready to celebrate the season of renewal with fresh batches of all our favorite spring flowers. There’s no reason to wait for them all to bloom in the outdoors when you can start celebrating right away with bouquets of the most beautiful blooms of the season.
Fun Facts about Spring Flowers
This year, the first day of spring and the vernal equinox fall on March 19th. Although flowers can’t read the calendar, they know it’s time to start growing and blooming because they can sense the longer days and warmer temperatures.
In the United States, we start spring on the equinox, but people living in other parts of the world use different markers to separate the seasons. Some cultures begin spring according to the lunar calendar, and the people of Japan take their cue from their national flower. Japan doesn’t officially start spring until the cherry blossoms are in bloom.
When to Expect Flowers to Bloom in Spring
The first spring flowers bloom well before spring arrives, even in cold and snowy climates. Crocuses, snowdrops, and Lenten roses all push their way through the frost to bloom as early as late January!
The first blooms of the season come out toward the end of March and usually begin with tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, and pansies. Late-spring bloomers need more sunshine to coax them out. Flowers that bloom in May and June include roses, lilacs, bluebells, and daisies.
Our 7 Most-Loved Flowers for Spring
When thousands of different flowers blossom during spring, it’s tough to pick just a few favorites. The following flowers made our list of favorites thanks to their exceptional beauty, lovely fragrances, and special symbolic meanings.
Spring wouldn’t be the same without tulips. These cheerful bloomers have bulbous blossoms in endless varieties. They’re lovely in the garden, in a container, and floral arrangements. Generally, tulips represent love, but specific colors have different meanings. For example, yellow tulips symbolize happy thoughts, making them perfect for a happy occasion or a get-well gift.
Daffodils are some of the first flowers to bloom in spring, and their trumpet-shaped blossoms in sunny shades of yellow, orange, and white are a welcome sight. Daffodils are perhaps the most typical flowers of springtime because, like the season, they also symbolize renewal, rebirth, and new beginnings.
Daisies don’t bloom until the end of spring, but they’re worth the wait. With their fresh white petals and bright yellow centers, they have a rustic beauty that’s perfect for a spring aesthetic. They’re also perfect for Mother’s Day because they symbolize motherhood and childbirth.
Lilac shrubs are well-known for their beauty and their unmistakable fragrance. They can grow up to 15 feet tall and perfume an entire neighborhood if the breeze is just right. In shades of blue, purple, magenta, and white, lilacs respectively represent tranquility and happiness, spirituality, love, and purity.
Azaleas have beautiful blooms that symbolize femininity. Growing in the form of shrubs, they blossom in shades of pink, red, and white. Azaleas are lovely in floral arrangements, but also make great gifts as potted plants that can be enjoyed indoors or transplanted to the garden.
The flower of friendship, freesia is better recognized for its fragrance than its beauty, but they are lovely flowers. Their blossoms grow up to twelve per stem in all the brightest colors.
Irises bloom in the first part of spring and sprout glorious blossoms atop thick, hardy stalks. They get their name from the Greek word for rainbow and bloom in just about as many colors. Depending on the bloom’s hue, their symbolic meaning ranges from purity to passion.
Celebrate Spring Inside and Out with Fresh Bouquets and Blooming Plants
When you welcome spring with a vase of fresh seasonal flowers or a potted blooming plant from Flowers by Leslie, you can celebrate both inside and out! Bringing the spirit of springtime inside with freshly cut flowers will brighten your home, elevate your mood, and perfume the air with their sweet fragrance.