Each season has something to offer, which is why we appreciate what Nature’s giving us each season in our wide flower selection. If you’re wondering what seasonal flowers are available in Ireland as the year goes by, let’s go on an adventure and explore the seasons together.

Spring

Spring is the time for some all-time favourites like Tulips and Daffodils, Iris and Crocus

Sweet scent hyacinthus and heavenly helleborus planted in autumn are among the first to say…. Hey!  Winter’s over, let’s get a “bloomin” move on.

Many spring flowers are available in pots, as well as cut flowers and we always put on something special with our wonderful scented hyacinthus. It is available in a wonder range of colours like peach, lilac, and lavender as well as the blue, white and pink that make you remember all the fond times playing about in Granny’s garden.

Many spring flowers are grown from corms or bulbs rather than plants or seeds. Bulbs are normally planted in late autumn. Once planted they do all the work and will reward you every year with fantastic early flowers and fragrances every year. They also multiply, giving you more and more blossoms as time goes by. After a few years you will be able to lift and spilt the bulbs to replant elsewhere in the garden or perhaps gift to a friend.

Plant in shallow well drained soil, sandy soil is best of all. Bulbs should be planted close to the surface simply make a hole – a little bigger than the bulb itself, pop it in, firm the soils around it and let mother nature do the rest. The first flower to pop above ground is normally the snowdrop {Galanthus} very popular with gardeners and Brides alike. A personal favourite is the Helleborus, dubbed the Christmas rose on BBC’s gardeners world.

Summer

Summertime and the weather is easy! Summertime is of course the time of year when flowers are most abundant. Some of my personal favourites would be Alliums {onions} Delphiniums and Larkspurs, along with Foxgloves {digitalis} Lavender. All of them are available in wonderful shades of the palest cool blues to the richest of deep purples with every tint tone and shade in-between. Arrange some wonderful giant poppies {Papaver Orientale} with the purples and blues, and you will be very pleased to see a sight for sore eyes.

We love to arrange our bouquets with strong contrasting colours and blossoms, so as to create an eye popping rememberable surprise, like our Pink Winks Bouquet or in a ton sur ton palette to be a little more gentle on the eye such as our Classic Bouquet.

Now that the world has become a smaller place, we procure flowers from all over the world: Chile, Australia & South Africa. A little known fact is that Kenya has become one of the world’s largest producers of roses – all varieties and all colours. Flowers can be harvested on Monday and in a vase in proudly on display in your home by Wednesday.

Summertime is also the best time of year for home grown Irish flowers, such as the infamous Oriental lilies. A distinctive feature are the huge highly fragranced beautiful blossoms with wonder vase life available in different shades of pinks and the purest of whites. They blend beautifully with roses, as you can see in our Red Rose Lily Bouquet.

Pro Tip: When the buds open exposing the stamens spay with a little {very, very little} hair spray to stop the stamen from staining.

Other flowers grown in Ireland would be Gladioli, Solidago, Hypericum Peonies and Sunflowers {Helianthus} alongside many may lush Irish foliage’s largely organically grown.

My personal favourite summertime flower has to be the Peony Rose available in both single and double flowers and in white, hot pink, pale pink and burgundy. They like to be grown in well-drained soil and in full light. They are relatively easy to grow and will reward you every year with a wonderful bounty of beautiful blossoms. However, be warned they are one of the very few flowers that have stayed true to their natural season so you can count on blooms from mid-May to mid-June only.

Autumn

Autumn time is, as the Americans say – Fall. I’m not sure if this is because the trees lose their leaves in autumn, however it is an amazing time of the year for flowers and berries. Yes, now a very popular berry to be used in flower display is the black berry {Rubus}. The Hypericum berry ranging in colour from blond honey to a very rich burgundy brown is used widely in wedding work throughout Europe. Autumn in general is a time for reds, oranges and lime greens and yummy yellows. Our Tangy Citrus Bouquet is a very popular choice for this particular colour scheme and it’s a feast for the eyes.

Amaranthus pendulum has to be one of my autumn favourites! Amaranthus produces gorgeous tassel-like flowers each fall that look great in arrangements — both fresh-cut and dried. Grow this annually in full sun or part shade. Cosmos your home and you will never go without flowers. If you plant a bed of Cosmos, they make for great bouquets from spring until first frost.

Pro Tip: Finished blooms can self-seed in your garden for even more stems, so once you plant them you will always have them… how great is that?

Rudbeckia – popular many moons ago, has pole vaulted into the florists’ bouquets again. These mini sunflower-like beauties will love the brightest spot in your garden. Sow the seeds directly in the soil at any point in the summer to get some splashy autumn blooms. This is but a few of my favourite Autumn blooms, there are many many more.

Winter

Winter time… some push it away but I love it! Nothing beats a crisp morning woodland walk in winter. It’s so heart-warming to see flowers break through the frozen earth. One such example would be the Lenten Rose, also known as Hellebores. They bloom in early winter in mild climate and late winter in colder climate. Even though they appear delicate, they don’t need to be molly coddled because they’re super cold-hardy.

Cyclamen are so so pretty. Perennials grown from corms and are available in pinks, whites, and fuchsia. In bygone times they were sold only as houseplants, they are now suitable for outdoor planting and they do well as ground cover. They like to be under deciduous trees so they can soak up winter sun, but be protected from summer heat. They are very much used for weddings as an accent in bridal bouquets and buttonholes.

Pussy Willow is a real show stopper even though it doesn’t flower. The little fuzzy buds (called catkins!), these stems aren’t bright and showy like a lot of winter bloomers, but they display their considerable charm even if winter snow is on the ground. They look really beautiful displayed in a vase with ilex berries {holly) and lilies. They last and last, in fact they even dry out, so overall great value for money. As soon as you see Pussy Willow Catkins you can be sure that spring is not far away.

Whatever time of the year it is, you can be certain that Mad Flowers would have seasonal flowers available for you.