this beautiful ranunculus...

Posted on March 22, 2012 by chiyomi uchino

 This powder pink giant ranunculus is so delicate that at first glance it looks like it's made of tissue paper. But one sniff of this lightly-perfumed bloom and you'll be certain that it's the handiwork of Mother Nature and not an expert origamist. Ranunculus (meaning 'little frog' in Latin because they live near water like frogs) is an umbrella term that encompasses about 600 species of plants including buttercups, spearworts, and water crowfoots. This "Persian buttercup Ranunculus" came to Adore all the way from belle France and we know you'll agree that with its exquisitely layered crepe-thin petals and ethereal hue it's -- ooooo la la -- très heavenly . According to folklore, this flower was named after a cripplingly shy Persian prince who, because he was unable to express his undying love for a forest nymph, died of heartbreak and turned into a giant ranunculus. Everyone except for our poor Prince is in luck though: even if you're too tongue-tied to tell your objet d'amour how you feel, this lovely bloom says it all. We recommend it in a bouquet with blush garden roses, peach hypericum, light pink/green lilac, velvety dusty miller, green/bronze tone berzelia and seasonal accents. 


-- Ranunculi grow with clubfoot-shaped leaves and minimal greenery. We recommend removing all the greenery before cutting and arranging them.
-- Trick of the trade: cut the stems at a slant so they absorb more water
-- If you keep buds attached to a larger bloom, water will feed the baby buds first and the bigger flower will start to wilt. To prevent this from happening, we separate the buds from the blooms so everyone gets fed equally.
-- Fill up the vase halfway with water and freshen it daily
-- If you see any mold growing cut it off and remove any deteriorating petals.
-- Make sure to the keep these in a well-lit room but not directly in a window.

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