Muscari, a.k.a. “grape hyacinth”

Posted by adrianne on Apr 19, 2012 in Flower Library, Spring | No Comments |

They may speak softly, but they carry a BIG stick!  Although super dainty and petite, (their stem length tops out at 10″-12″, seriously) muscari’s unique, fairy-like appearance make them an impressive, not-to-be-overlooked, springtime sweetheart…they truly are the little flower that could!  Muscari bulbs are planted in sandy soil. Once their sprouts hit the soil’s surface, they take delight in full sunlight, reaching as far as their little selves possibly can until cut for us lucky fleuristes.  Though periwinkle is the most common color for cultivated muscari, I often find them in white and also in a saturated purple. I prefer arranging these sassy little darlings in small, eclectic styles of  Mercury glass bud vases or silver julep cups.  Sometimes a hint of fresh green moss at the top of the vase really feeds their egos.


Posted by adrianne on Apr 9, 2012 in Fleuriste Events, Flower Library, Spring | No Comments |


Aaahhh, spring…when it has sprung, these delightful blooms are singing right alongside the sweet songbirds whose music fills the air with happiness.  Ranunculus are a local favorite here in San Diego.  We are blessed every spring to see them growing just east of the I-5 freeway at the Carlsbad Flower Fields…a hillside rainbow of cheery colors such as plummy-violet, red, hot pink, bubble gum pink, coral-orange, peach, yellow and white.  There are also novelty varieties that have bi-coloration, very yummy!  Riddled with ruffles, the petals of ranunculus create a very feminine look when added to hand tied wedding bouquets.  I prefer theses little darlings to be the focus with little other floral textues present, and, go figure…a la mode d’ Adrianne,  in a rustic container.

lemon yellow & school bus yellow ranunculus teamed up with crespedia (aka "Billy Balls") and scented geranium.

Carlsbad Flower Fields

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