The transition between gloomy April and a bright and festive May is traditionally marked by the bounty of in-season flowers. In fact, “April showers bring May flowers” has its origins from a poem written in 1610. Like fruits and vegetables, flowers have their seasons too, and May happens to be the month for four of our favorite blooms! (Spoiler alert: you won’t find roses on this list.)
Nothing quite cuts it like a fresh bouquet of peonies. Regarded as a symbol of good fortune and a happy marriage, these outrageously beautiful blooms are perfect in a wedding bouquet or for a Thursday in May. In the words of American author Henry Mitchell: “The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty, the peony is now coming into bloom.” (Photo Courtesy ProFlowers.)
With its distinct circular shape and bold shades of color, hydrangeas were symbols for vanity in the Victorian era. What hydrangeas lack in scent, they make up for in longevity, the size of its flowerhead, and its range of natural colors: white, blue, red, pink, light purple, and dark purple. Said celebrated florist Tan Jun Yong: “The light delicate blush of the petals reminds me of a beating heart, while the size could only match the heart of the sender." (Photos above from BRIDES/Scott Piner.)
The word “Calla” is rooted in Greek for “beautiful” and ever since, the trumpet-shaped Calla Lily hasn’t been able to shake off its aura of magnificence and beauty. Although white calla lily flowers are popular bridal choices for its creamy ivory purity and elegance, orange or dark purple calla lilies make for a stunning statement for any occasion (Photo Courtesy Flowers Bulbs).
The disheveled and delicate blossoms of sweet peas and its wide array of colors take a seat behind a strong and seductive candy-like scent. It’s no wonder the sweet pea is a symbol for “pleasure” or “lasting pleasure” (Oh, behave!). The fragrant blooms are perfect in a garden setting vase, where they will quite literally perfume a room…or person (Photo above from 6iee.com).