2018 is upon us and with it, some welcome new arrivals as the winter flower season peaks. Although there is some limit to what’s available in the UK over the cooler months, the very special and unique varieties that are available certainly make up for it. Our bouquet of the month, Nova, is a gorgeous example of some of the season’s finest varieties, in refreshing pastel hues more evocative of spring than the grey skies we’re currently seeing outside. To herald the New Year we’re to take a look at our favourite January flowers and why you need to snap some up for the kitchen table right now!
Small, delicate and exquisite, Hellebores are a firm favourite here and top of the list of favourite flowers for McQueens founder and MD, Kally Ellis. Delicate and standing at no more than 50cm tall, they are easily overlooked alongside their more flamboyant counterparts, but their subtle beauty cannot help but shine through. Well known for their white and green varieties, they are also cultivated in pink and burgundy shades that are too gorgeous for words, and we always make some space for them within the shop displays at both of our stores.
Welcomed with open arms, the anemone has been back on the flower menu for a few months now and it’s always a delight to see them back in season. The transformative cycle of this flower is one to admire. They arrive from the market tight and in the bud, and like their wintery friends, Hellebores, can easily be ignored when displayed alongside showier flowers. But those in the know will overlook their slightly scruffy disguise and relish the experience of watching this delicate bloom reveal its beauty. We love the multitude of colours, too, from scarlet and fuschia to lilac and purple, whites, pastels and more. Their popularity seems to increase with every passing year as more and more people succumb to the delights of this ethereal little flower.
Who wouldn’t be charmed by the exquisite beauty of ranunculus? It’s a firm favourite with us at McQueens. This gorgeous miniature flower is characterised by layer upon layer of delicate petals, reminiscent of a tiny ballerina tutu. It’s this quality that makes the pink ranunculus an ideal substitute for summer’s most popular bridal bloom, the peony. Cultivated in a multitude of colours, we especially love Italian Cloni varieties for their gigantic heads and wonderful ice-cream shades.