Stuff your puffer jacket back into the dark no man’s land of
your wardrobe, we’ve finally made it to spring! You may have noticed little
circular flowers in various colours popping up like mini UFOs at your local flower
shop. These brightly coloured little gems are ranunculi.
A well known spring bulb, the ranunculus is quite long
lasting as a cut flower and comes in almost every colour you could imagine,
including some varieties that are multicoloured. Ranunculi can also vary
greatly in shape and texture. Ranunculus Festival, for example, is a variety
that has frilly, grassy foliage growing up through the flower head itself. Each
one is slightly different, like a snowflake. The amount of variety you’ll find
in just one bunch of ranunculi is astounding, as is the sometimes bafflingly
twisty stem shape. Ranunculi march to the beat of their own drum and make a
great addition to a rambling garden arrangement, due to their nonconforming
Most commercially available ranunculus varieties are locally
grown. However, in recent years a crop of super-sized Japanese ranunculi have
been available on and off. These giant ranunculi are almost the size of a small
peony and are an example of some of the imported flower varieties we’ve been
lucky enough to have access to over the last few years.
Because of their relatively small size, ranunculi work best
when fully open and viewed up close. When they’re fully open, ranunculi can
have a fluffy, sometimes feathery quality. Being such a complex and many
layered flower, they should be allowed to open fully and not packed too closely
into an arrangement. They’re a great option for buttonholes and corsages, as
well as wedding bouquets and low centrepieces.
For an informal and celebratory spring floral mood, you
can’t beat them.