Friday, April 25, 2008

Centerpiece of the week: Ranunculus

The ranunculus delights through sheer variety of size, form and shade, and few flowers
come in more hues than the ranunculus.

(above: This sunny bunch of large and small blooms boasts creamy white, muted yellow, pale orange, and mossy
green ranunculus; the texture comes from a mix of budded and open blossoms. White garden roses and yellow
begonias add volume, while weigela leaves complement the color scheme.)

As romantic as roses or peonies, but not nearly as commonplace, these bulb-grown blossoms
work in tight, formal arrangements or when placed in a simple, clear vase-all the better to
show off their curvy stems.

Looking for a cost-effective alternative to the rose and the peony? Try the lush, multi-
petaled ranunculus, a relative of the buttercup. You can create a striking bouquet with
a cluster of this showy, bowl-shaped flower. Ranunculuses resemble small peonies and
produce densely petaled blooms in a range of colors, including white, yellow, orange, red,
and pink; they are usually available in late winter and early spring.

Everything else about the plump and pretty bloom speaks of unbridled beauty, from its
tissue like petals that unfurl in tightly budded whorls to the breadth of colors in which it is

Image sources: Martha Stewart Wedding and Country Living Magazine


Christy said...

OOohhhh... I adore a big fluffy ranunculus bloom! Great idea!

Lou @ The Higher Nest said...

Oh yes, I had ranunculus at my wedding. They are precious.

coco+kelley said...

love love love these images! i just did a post on ranunculus this morning :) spring must be in the air!

People St.Clair said...

I love love love ranunculus, these images are so lovely.

Mrs. Designher said...

These flowers have recently become my new addiction. There is just something about the bloom being so open an airy, yet uniform! BEAUTIFUL!!

I also borrowed your table settings above, to post on our blog. THANK YOU!! :)

{this is glamorous} said...

Definitely! Bring on the unbridled beauty. Picked up a bouquet last weekend, and everything around them just seemed prettier.

Nasilele said...

I adore the ranunculus flower. I know nothing about flowers but I kept seeing them around and finally found out the name. I definitely want them in my wedding. What I didn't now is that they will be more cost effective. Even better! Thanks for the beautiful photos.

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