Nothing brings hope at the end of a long Billings winter quite like the certainty that spring is just around the corner. Before we know it, the frost will disappear, and flower bulbs will be pushing themselves up through our gardens. Until then, the best way to celebrate the season of renewal and new beginnings is with a beautiful bouquet of fresh spring blooms from Gainan’s Flowers.
Fun Facts about Springtime and Spring Flowers
This year the vernal equinox and the first day of Spring lands on March 19th. The flowers don’t know that, though. Flowers and other plant life know it’s time to bloom when they sense the days growing longer and the temperatures getting warmer.
In the United States, we use the equinoxes and solstices to mark our changing seasons, but people in other parts of the world measure the seasons with other methods, like using the lunar calendar. In Japan, people take their cue from the flowers and only recognize spring as official sprung when their national flowers, cherry blossoms, begin to bloom.
When Do Flowers Start Blooming in Spring?
Some flowers don’t wait for spring to bloom. Hardy blooms like snowdrops, Lenten roses, and crocuses all bravely push their way through the snow and can bloom as early as late January — even in cold climates!
Typical early spring bloomers begin sprouting in late March and April. These include tulips, daffodils, pansies, and hyacinths. Late spring blooms like roses, lilacs, peonies, and bluebells need more sunlight and warmth. They usually don’t come out until the middle of May or just before summer begins in June.
The Most Popular Flowers for Spring
With so many flowers blooming in spring, it isn’t easy to pick a few favorites. These are some of the most popular spring flowers thanks to their good looks, pleasant perfumes, and special symbolic meanings.
Daffodils are among the first flowers to bloom in spring. With their bright yellow, orange, and white trumpet-shaped blooms, they’re a welcome sight. They’ve become incredibly emblematic of spring because, like the season, daffodils also symbolize renewal, rebirth, and new beginnings.
Camellia shrubs bloom with absolutely gorgeous, full flowers each spring. In pink, red, and white, they symbolize longing, deep desire, and admiration.
Lilacs don’t bloom until the end of spring, and although they only blossom briefly, it’s truly a wonder to behold. Full-grown lilac shrubs can reach about 15 feet tall. When in bloom, they’ll perfume an entire neighborhood with their sweet fragrance as long as the breeze is just right. With flowers in pink, blue, purple, or white, lilacs respectively represent passion, happiness, spirituality, and purity.
Tulips are another favorite of the season. Spring wouldn’t be the same without their bulbous blooms in bright, jelly bean hues. Tulips come in endless varieties. They generally represent love, but the different colors do have specific meanings. For example, yellow tulips are our favorite because they represent happy thoughts.
Ranunculus blooms represent charm and attractiveness, and there’s no argument that they possess both of these qualities. With endless folds of petals in just about every color of the rainbow, these blooms and their whimsical charm are an excellent addition to any bouquet.
Hyacinths also bloom early in the season. They have cone-shaped clusters of small flowers in blue, purple, pink, and white, and they’re also quite strongly perfumed. Just a couple of hyacinths will make a whole room smell like spring.
Bluebells don’t bloom until late in the season. They grow wild in different places all around the country and are also cultivated by professional flower suppliers for use in bouquets. Each stem has several delicate, bell-shaped flowers hanging. The blooms gently pull the stem toward the ground in a sort of bow, which might be why they’ve come to symbolize humility.
Welcome Spring with a Lovely Bouquet of Seasonal Flowers or a Blooming Plant
While you wait for spring to start in Montana, you can still celebrate the season. Nothing brightens the inside of a home like a bouquet of beautiful, fragrant flowers! Make it a spring bouquet from Gainan’s Flowers, and you’ll instantly feel your mood improve as the flowers freshen your space and sweeten the air.