SYMBOLS OF WINTER & SPRING
It’s January and, obviously, it’s Tulip time. But did you realize it’s also Hyacinth time? Or Narcissus time, Muscari time?
There are many typical winter flowers available right now at OZ Export. A quick look in our webshop will show you a rich pallet in varieties, colours and scents.
The Hyacinth bulb produces a dense, compact spike, 15-30 cms tall, of highly fragrant, bell-shaped flowers with reflexed petals. The deliciously scented, waxy, densely-packed florets come in shades of white, peach, orange, salmon, yellow, pink, red, purple, lavender and blue. The leaves are strap shaped, and a fleshy, glossy green.
Hyacinths have been cultivated commercially since the second half of the 16th century. They became very popular in 18th and early 19th century Europe, even creating a speculative market where a Hyacinth bulb was worth a large sum of money, just like the Tulip bulbs in the 17th century. They were mainly used in women’s fashions. In the mid-18th century in France, Madame de Pompadour (mistress of King Louis XV) grew masses of Dutch Hyacinths in the gardens of Versailles. Today, the Hyacinth remains a symbol of style and elegance, filling the spring air with a heady fragrance.
At OZ Export we offer Hyacinths from fine growers like Straathof, Eric de Groot and Vijfhuizen.
Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, the daffodil is virtually synonymous with spring. Though their botanic name is narcissus, daffodils are sometimes called jonquils, and in England, because of their long association with Lent, they’re known as the “Lent Lily”. Lore connecting the daffodil to not only a sign of winter’s end but a lucky emblem of future prosperity is found throughout the world.
A gift of daffodils is said to ensure happiness. But always remember to present daffodils in a bunch – the same legends that associate this cheerful flower with good fortune warn us that when given as a single bloom, a daffodil can foretell misfortune.
At OZ Export we offer Narcissus from fine growers like Wijnhout, Disseldorp, Van Grieken and Immerzeel.
Muscari are referred to as grape Hyacinths. Justly so, since they are the somewhat shorter members of the same family. Muscari is a small beautiful flower that holds many grapes. Ideal for small flower arrangements and surprising bouquets.
At OZ Export we offer Muscari from fine growers like Zonneveld and Van der Lans.
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