What’s in season when

Spring brings so many treasures. There are acidic green euphorbia, many-hued tulips, anemones, clematis, hyacinths, narcissus, honesty, peonies, lilac, primula, ranunculus, forsythia, viburnum opulus, forget-me-nots, solomon’s seal and cherry blossom. From the hedgerows there’s cow parsley and briar roses and in the late spring branches of hornbeam look wonderful in large arrangements.

Summer offers us an abundance of beautiful blooms. Rubbing shoulders in the borders are nicotiana, bishop’s flower, delphiniums, foxgloves, roses, snapdragons, sweet peas, lilies, stocks, hollyhocks, honeysuckle, larkspur, marigolds, cornflowers, sweet william, love-in-a-mist and lavender. There’s lots of lovely foliage too like lady’s mantle and bells of Ireland, and the fields and hedgerows yield grasses and seed heads.

Autumn may be the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness but the country florist also has the pick of many beautiful flowers including hydrangeas, cosmos, dahlias, sunflowers, roses, michaelmass daisies, astilbe, penstemon and rudbeckia. Branches of autumn-tinted leaves give height and structure to large arrangements and from the hedgerows there are blackberries, elderberries, rosehips and wild apples.

Winter seems unpromising but there are plenty of wonderful flowers to choose from, many of them beautifully scented. There are amaryllis, anemones, hyacinths, camellia, crocuses, snowdrops, grape hyacinths, cyclamen, narcissus, ranunculus, skimmia and viburnum as well as fantastic berries, seed heads and evergreen foliage such as winterberry, rosemary, old man’s beard, ivy, mistletoe and spruce as well pussy willow.