flower care

Sept Flower of the Month - All about the Alstroemeria

Well hello there Autumn, another truly fantastic time of year and a whole new season of flowers to enjoy. This month’s flower of the month is the stunning Alstroemeria (also known as the Inca Lily), they come in amazing and rather eye catching colours of the rainbow although white tends to be a favourite in September (signifying a new start!) and we think they’re a pretty awesome addition to any room in the house.

Alstroemeria

 

Alstroemeria’s bloom between June and October, so September is the perfect month to enjoy them at their absolute finest. These flowers love a dramatic entrance and save their beauty for just the right moment so if you pop in store to pick some up, you won’t find them in full bloom as they hide in their buds, it’s only once you’ve got them home that they’ll embrace the spotlight and make their blooming entrance- pretty cool right?

 

Other interesting facts include:

Ø  They originate from the cool mountain regions of the Andes in Brazil, Peru and Chile

 

Ø  Over recent years, through careful growing and care, the flowers have adapted resulting in sturdy stems, aesthetically pleasing green foliage as well as a much longer vase life- more for your money there then!

 

Ø  No flower is the same as they can come in various styles and markings- some leaves have stripes, some have spots and some are completely plain

 

Ø  The Alstroemeria flower is a symbol of wealth, prosperity and fortune as well as being the flower of friendship 🏵️ 🏵️ 🌸

 

Ø  You’ll have to appreciate these ones on looks alone we’re afraid as they actually have no fragrance!!

 

Ø  Oh and keep an eye on the room temp, these guys stop producing flowers if the soil gets too hot.

 

 

We do stock these right here in our Longridge store, so if you fancy adding them to your September flowers shopping list, pop by or even give us a call and we’ll ensure they’re ready for collection. Then once you’re home and they’re basking in their full glory, pop a pic up and tag us on Instagram and Facebook

 

See you soon…

Alstroemeria

Calla Lily - May's flower of the month

Origin

The Calla used to go by the impressive name of the Ethiopian arum lily. It originates from an area extending from South Africa to Malawi, where it grows in swamps. The areas where it grows are alternately marshy and dry. This means that the Calla is not only beautiful, but also strong.

Colours and shapes of the Calla

The Calla offers plenty of choice when it comes to colour. The flower comes in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green, black and bi-coloured. The most noticeable aspect of the Calla is the beautifully shaped spathe. This spathe is actually a petal, and emerges serenely and majestically from the stem. It's a kind of wrap that slowly opens up until you can look deep into the heart of the plant. The actual flowers are very small and are located on the elongated spadix in the centre of the spathe.

Care tips

• Hold the flowers by the stem and trim the stems diagonally.

• Place the Callas in a clean vase with clean water.

• Add cut flower food to the water.

• Regularly trim the stems a little, and remove any stems that have become slimy.

• Don't place your flowers in a draught, in direct sunlight or near a source of heat.

• Don't place your flowers near the fruit bowl. Fruit naturally emits ethylene gas, which causes flowers to age rapidly.

Calla symbolism

The Calla has various symbolic meanings. It is considered a flower of purity and sympathy, and represents beauty. The Calla is also considered a lucky flower. This dates from the Greek and Roman period. They associated the flower with festivities and enjoyment, because the shape of the bloom resembles a goblet used for drinking. Although many centuries have passed since then, the Calla has always retained this meaning. 

 

 

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