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Flower Spotlight: Ranunculus

Ranunculuses are beautiful flowers that are perfect for your next bouquet! With their delicate, showy petals, they are an elegant addition to any flower arrangement or garden. Keep reading to learn more about their origin and meaning, along with some interesting facts about them! [Read more…]

Help! Why Is My Ranunculus Sprout Wilting?

Ask The Plant Expert:

I planted 4 ranunculus bulbs, in a 3 inch plastic pot 10 weeks ago. I had germination signs after 3 weeks; leaves are getting taller, now 4-5 inches tall. Only a couple of days ago they started to wilt, and now they are completely hanging from the sides of the container. I keep the pot in a sunny room, and I water them once weekly from beneath!!!!!!! -Amjad

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:

Flower Arrangement With Ranunculus'Sounds like you’re doing a good job. Let’s go over the basic ranunculus care and growing information and see if there is a step you may be missing.

Your new ranunculus plant should be placed in a sunny location with well-drained soil. This plant likes to live in slightly cooler temperatures. Although they can be planted in containers, the ranunculus produces a large root system.

I would say the problem is either:

  • It’s possible your plant has already out-grown it’s container.
  • It is too warm.

Try adjusting these and see if it helps! Let us know if you have any more questions.

5 Components of American Colonial Flower Arrangements

History: “American Colonial” generally refers to the period between 1700 and 1780 in America. During this time, American settlers were still considered colonies of England therefore received and brought back several English-inspired products and trends.

Among the English trends brought to colonial America was the use of five-fingered, fan shaped vases also knows as Quintal horns. These created a unique fan-shaped and narrow design style that usually included garden herbs and cuttings. They were later reproduced in the colonies and grew in popularity at that time.

As with English garden floral design and Victorian floral design, American Colonial flower arrangements relied on what was readily available. This usually extended to wildflowers found in home gardens as well as native shrubs and trees. Settlers often brought back herbs and plants that were then used in arrangements, but worldwide distribution and importing was no where near current availability.

Style: American Colonial flower designs tend to be symmetrical mass arrangements that are either rounded or in fan form (usually reserved to five-fingered vases). They are casual and open. The arrangements may feature either one type of flower with a filler flower or a variety of several blooms. Most American Colonial designs feature gourds or fruits such as peaches, pears, cherries, plums and apples.

Flowers Used: A combination of fresh and dried materials is often used in this style. These may include pods, grasses, grains and other materials.

Flowers that work well in American Colonial arrangements are roses, carnations, daisies, lilacs, marigolds, peonies, sunflowers and other mass flowers.

Bulb flowers are also appropriate in American Colonial design. Examples are daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, allium, ranunculus and lilies.

Popular wildflowers and filler flowers used in this style include baby’s breath (very popular), limonium, solidago, alder, sumac, cattails, several grasses and grains among others.

Basic Characteristics:

  • Usually includes a type of a fruit or gourd such as peaches, pears, cherries, plums and apples
  • Round or fan-shaped
  • Containers made from earthenware, stoneware, ceramics, or metals (copper, tin, silver, pewter, etc.)
  • Similar to but more “refined” and well proportioned than English Garden style arrangements

Containers Used: Since craftsman style trades were popular, containers often followed the styles being readily produced by local craftsmen. These included silversmiths, pewter manufacturers and glass blowers among others. Many types of containers were used but the containers themselves were mainly ceramic, earthenware or stoneware. Porcelain was a later import from England and China and increased the variety of containers during this style of floral design. Metallurgy was also a popular trade so pewter, copper, tin and silver vessels were also used.

Types of containers used included:  pitchers, pots, vases, jars, jugs, bowls and Quintal horns (five fingered vases).

5 Components of English Garden Flower Arrangements

English Garden Style Arrangement For Searcy AR Wedding

English Garden Style Arrangement For Searcy AR Wedding

History: English-garden designs are inspired by early English gardens which people had at their homes to produce vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruit trees. These items were grown for their fragrance, cosmetic and/or medicinal purposes.

English gardens went by many names at the time including “kitchen gardens,” “cottage gardens,” and “cuttings gardens.” Among those credited with developing the modern English garden floral style are Constance Spry, Julia Clements, and Gertrude Jekyll.

Style: Loosely structured oval or round arrangements of a variety of garden flowers (or flowers that can be easily grown in a garden). No particular style (form, filler, line, mass) of bloom is used. No particular amount is selected. This style is based on the availability of flowers grown in a home’s garden and therefore represent a less defined but very “full” look.

Flowers Used: Popular flowers in modern English Garden style designs are spike flowers including larkspur, delphinium, foxglove, hollyhock, and snapdragon. Popular mass flowers used include tulips, snowballs, marigolds, sweet peas, geraniums, stock, aster, daisies, lilies, poppies, cornflowers, all kinds of roses and carnations, lavendar, dahlias, ranunculus, anemones, and agapanthus.

All flowers used must bloom in the same season. Compatibility of the flowers is very important as this style reflects what home gardens would have had at a particular time, far before worldwide delivery was readily available.

The use of fragrant flowers and herbs is appropriate.

Basic Characteristics: Features more foliage than many other styles. The use of evergreens and woody-stemmed, leafy foliage is popular. Examples of these are Euonymus, Pittosporum, Camellia, huckleberry, boxwood and blackberry.) Weeping or trailing ivies or materials are popular with this style. Plumed grasses are appropriate as well.

Full, large arrangements that are usually round or oval. They are characterized mostly by their use of a wide variety of flowers and keen use of foliage.

Usually seen in bright, complementary colors. However, monochromatic or analogous color harmonies have become appropriate choices for modern renditions of this style.

Containers Used: While vases are often used in English Garden styles, most floral arrangements in this style are featured in an urn or similar container with durability, strength and a unique appearance.