Flowers of the week – phlox
Thursday 25th May 2017 – Flower of the week
Loved by birds and butterflies, phlox is a glorious spring flower. I love it so much I’m using it two weeks running! Phlox’s soft petals form a star or hexagon shape and it’s easy to see how they appeal to our feathered and winged friends. The flowers burst open, and many of the buds in your flower delivery will still be closed then they arrive. So you can have the pleasure of watching them spring in to life over the next few days.
Pink phlox, spring moon, spring phlox, pink moon
Phlox is a true spring flower. Native American’s called April’s full moon the pink full moon, because it heralded the flowering of pink phlox. The flowers grow in clusters at the top of the stem and look fantastic in an arrangement. I’ve combined them with a rakishly eclectic bunch of solidago, trachelium and antirrhinums (or snapdragons, if you prefer). Here I am doing my best snapdragon roar (turn the sound up for this one).
The name phlox comes from the Greek for flame – as they burst open from their buds. This chimes visually, particularly with the lovely pink variety that’s going in our flower boxes this week. You can read a little more about flowers and Greek mythology and etymology here.
Long lasting flowers
Just a little care and attention will see your Freddie’s flowers last for days and days. Weeks in some cases. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:
- Trim the stems. Use sharp, clean secateurs and cut on an angle. The larger the surface area the more the flower can drink, the longer it’ll last.
- Pop them in water as soon as possible*. The water should be room temperature, so as not to shock the flowers (poor dears) and should be fresh. Make sure your vase is very clean as any residual bacteria could reduce the life of your flowers. Always use Freddie’s Flower Food.
- Make sure there are no leaves below the water line. They will start to degrade, causing bacteria to grow, and this is not conducive to lovely long lasting flowers.
- Change the water every 3 or so days. Use flower food each time.
- Keep your flowers out of direct sunlight and away from draughts, radiators, fruit bowls and enthusiastic pets.
*If you’re rushing out or don’t have enough time to arrange them properly when they arrive, plonk all the stems in some water till later that day.
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