Hello all of our favorite, flowery, fans! Thank you for droppin’ by The Blog at Main Floral, today. (And, welcome to summer vacation all you students out there. 🙂 ) We want to quickly pass on that our summer hours are now in full effect. We’re open from 8-5 on the weekdays, and 9-4 on Saturday. (Still closed Sunday.) You can shop for, and schedule flowers for delivery at anytime, by simply heading to our website–www.mainfloral.net. (If you know you need some flowers next week for a graduation party, birthday, anniversary, etc.,–you can order today and just schedule the deliver for whenever you need it–we’ll arrange your flowers the day before, and send them off for delivery just in time. 🙂 )
Today though, we thought it’d be fun to highlight one of the most under-appreciated, little known, yet total work horse of a flower–the Alstroemeria. (Don’t worry if the name doesn’t sound familiar to you. Very few people actually know what those flowers are called–if you’ve ever seen a flower arrangement though, you’re probably more familiar with them than you know.) When these flowers are fresh–they are so beautiful, and solid, and vibrant–you can’t miss ’em. Too many times when we see them at the grocery stores though, they look pale, thin, and they have black spots near the tips. If you’re familiar with that look too–don’t let it dissuade you! The groceries store ones are very, rarely, as fresh as an actual florists. When they’re fresh, they look almost fake they’re so pretty,
Anyway, here are some little know, yet pretty cool, facts about these beautiful, Peruvian Lilies…
-Alstro is associated with wealth, prosperity, and fortune. It is also symbolic of friendship. It is said the twists in the flower are representative of the trials and tribulations of friendship.
-They bloom in late spring, to early summer, and grow native in the cooler, mountainous, regions of the Andes in South America. They love being in full sun, but will stop producing flowers if they get to hot.
-They are also known as Peruvian Lilies, Parrot Lilies, or as the Lily of the Incas.
-They come in orange, pink, rose, purple, salmon, red, yellow and white. Many are now cultivated in labs and are hybrids with different colors and/or markings.
-Despite their beauty, they have no scent.
-Alstro have a long vase life of up to two weeks. (Part of the reasons that both florists, and consumers love ’em!)
-They are available all year long, which makes them a sure bet if you’re planning a wedding, and looking for something a little different (and affordable)!
They are the perfect flower for creating a topiary…
And, we adore them in everyday arrangements…
If you have questions about Alstroemeria, or want to add some trivia to our fact list…just let us know!