Fragrant spring bloomers


 

Look forward to interesting facts about the cheerful and colorful hyacinths, the subtle freesias and the charming jasmine: their history, their inimitable fine fragrance and their place in the perfume industry. Click on the headlines that interest you - and enjoy reading.

From a mistress to a "hyacinth mania"



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Now they are back, the cheerful hyacinths with their blue, red, white or pastel flowers. They originally came from the Middle East and celebrated their debut as garden plants in Turkey. There they became so popular that in 1593 50,000 white and 50,000 blue hyacinths were used for a single garden in Edirne. They arrived in Europe via Constantinople and experienced a real boom because of their exotic strangeness. Especially the Dutch fell in love with them and bred new colours. In the 18th century they became the most popular flower of the time. Their biggest "fan" was Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of the French king Louis XV. She decided that the gardens of Versailles should be embellished with Dutch hyacinths. Of course, the French hautevolee did not want to remain outside, and a true "hyacinth mania" developed, reminiscent of the ruinous "tulip mania" of the 17th century. Fortunately, the prices for a hyacinth bulb were high. But one was reasonable enough not to pay whole houses for a single bulb, as had been the case with the tulip about a hundred years earlier. But in 1737 this speculative bubble burst as well. Today hyacinths are still popular, but no longer overpriced.

Hyacinths and other spring bloomers can be found HERE.


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Of renewal bulbs and hyacinth glasses


Welcome to Spring
Whether as cut flowers, pot plants or garden plants: Hyacinths are enchanting. They are particularly interesting as plants because they multiply through bulb formation. This is achieved by developing one or two small renewal bulbs in the leaf axils of the bulb scales. When the "mother bulb" dies after the plant has blossomed, the subsidiary bulbs survive and, after a certain period of time, they also sprout the renewal bulbs again. So if you plant a hyacinth in the garden and wait long enough, after a few years you may see a real small hyacinth garden.

Apropos hyacinth bulbs: You can also grow them in a glass. There are special hyacinth jars on the market that are relatively bulbous at the bottom and narrow a few centimeters below the upper edge. The onion is placed above this narrowing, while the lower part is filled with water (Attention: water must not touch the onion). Place the container in a dark location with temperatures around 10 degrees C and wait until roots and the first shoots form after about 8 weeks. Then place the glass in a warmer room and enjoy the thriving of this exciting bulb flower. Attention: Change the water weekly and use lukewarm water for this.

Lifestyle flower greetings in the vase are also available from the pro, namely HERE.


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A ton of hyacinth blossoms for a kilo of "absolute" fragrance



Poetry with Roses and Amarone Albino Armani DOCG (75cl)
Hyacinths not only look beautiful, but also exude a bewitching scent. This varies in intensity from flower variety to flower variety. The blue-flowering hyacinths 'Blue Star' and 'Delft Blue', for example, have a strong fragrance; the pink varieties 'Anna Marie' and 'Splendid Cornelia' have a slightly more subtle fragrance. Hyacinths with the weakest fragrance are 'White Pearl', 'Blue Pearl' and 'Pink Pearl'. The perfume industry also uses hyacinths. However, their fragrance is difficult to obtain in an elaborate process. In addition, one kilogram of the highly concentrated "Hyacinthe Absolute" fragrance requires about one ton of blossoms. The floral note of hyacinth is called "green-floral" or "like a deep breath in the spring air". Well, do you fancy a little spring scent? Blanche Jacinthe by "il profumo", for example, is very discreet, fresh the women's classic Givenchy III, powdery and summery AnaïsAnaïs by Cacharel or rather sophisticated Black by Kenneth Cole.

Fancy some spring air (or spring scent)? HERE.


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Oh dear - a little flirt with freesias!


 

Spring Sunrays
Little Sunshine with chocolate ladybird
Gift of Spring
Magic of Spring with bar of chocolate “Thank you“

Freesias are optical eye-catchers: They come in white or yellow, but also in pink, violet, rose, purple or even orange with a color intensity that goes to the heart. They are even available in two or more colors, with single or double blooms. In addition, most of them smell. So it's practically impossible that there's nothing for you. And if that is the case, all you need is a little patience. Because new varieties are constantly being added. Nevertheless, freesias are not pushy. They radiate a natural elegance and a certain dynamism through their shape and are therefore ideal as a combination with other flowers. Did you know that their inflorescence is called a "comb"? That's because the flower buds stand as nicely in a row as on a cockscomb. Next time you visit the flower shop, look for freesias and make sure that the first bud is completely colored. If the flowers are still too green, there is a risk that they will not flower properly in the vase.

Care tips for cut flowers are HERE.

Our spring flowers are HERE.





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How the "Cape lily-of-the-valley" came to Europe


Sunny Spring Bouquet

Have you ever been to South Africa? If not, you have missed something, also botanically. Because this part of the world is home to a myriad of different plants, including many rarities. That's why it has always been an insider tip for botanists. Freesia also comes from the South African Cape regions and was therefore called the "Cape lily-of-the-valley". The German pharmacist Christian F. Ecklon was the first to describe the plant and named it Freesia in 1866 after his friend Friedrich Freese. Soon it inspired the whole of Europe and developed into one of the most popular cut flowers and garden flowers. Freesias were often seen in gardens because planting them was so easy. In spring, you only had to bury the bulbs about 5-10 cm deep in the ground and then wait until the garden was filled with flowers in spring. Not only did they smell, they also bloomed into the summer.

Our spring flowers are HERE. 




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Peppery fresh or rather sweet? Fragrance stories



Romantic Bouquet of Tulips


Do yourself a favor and smell freesias. What's going on inside you? Many people say that this scent takes you back in time and triggers memories. But no matter. The peppery-fresh scent of Freesia is incomparable, because it carries a flowery freshness in itself, which evokes longings. The reason for this is the high proportion of linalool, which is responsible for the refreshing, flowery and woody scent with subtle notes of lemon. But not all freesias smell the same. Because white flowers smell spicy, colourful flowers rather exude a sweet scent oft freshly cut grass. The violet freesias have the least pronounced fragrance. It's best to sniff your way through a flower shop and find your favourite fragrances. By the way: When the petals of the Freesia are completely open, the flower smells best and is a feast for every nose.

Our spring flowers are HERE.

 


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Freesia perfumes: Made history thanks to New York florist


 
A Basket full of Spring

The scent character of freesia has long been one of the most popular in the production of soaps and body lotions. It only became known in perfumes when the florist and entrepreneur Antonia Bellanca-Mahoney from New York presented the fragrance "Antonia's Flowers" in 1984, a product with freesia as the dominant note. Perfumer Bernard Chant had composed it for her because the flower shop owner claimed to be in love with the scent of freesia. "Freesias are like trumpets in an orchestra," she said, "they take your shoes off. Every other flower sings in the background, even the lilies." Success proved her right. Because the freesia-scented perfume "Antonia's Flowers" became a cult fragrance and caused an avalanche of other freesia chord perfumes. Meanwhile you can find the note Freesia in many spring fresh, pure, feminine fragrance compositions like Miracle by Lancôme, Pleasures by Estée Lauder, Darling by Kylie Minogue, That's me by Helene Fischer and many more.

Our spring flowers are HERE.





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Create your personal room spray


 

Tender Spring Greetings with Minor Split in trendy gift tin
Dearest Heart
Here we tell you how you can go among the perfumers and make a natural and absolutely wonderful room spray from freesia.

Material: Beautifully scented freesia flowers; boiling water; two containers from which you can easily pour the liquid; coffee filter; beautiful glass bottle, preferably with atomizer; label.

Method:
  1. Cut the petals into small pieces and place them on the bottom of one container.

  2. Pour so much boiling water over them that the petals are barely covered.

  3. Let the mixture stand for at least half an hour.

  4. Pour the mix through a coffee filter into the other container.

  5. Put the fragrance into the glass bottle, label it and note the date on it. The room spray can be kept for two weeks if you keep it in the refrigerator.

Tips: If you tend to be impatient or if you want to collect parts of flowers, you can also pour the flower mixture through a sieve (instead of a coffee filter).

Our spring flowers are HERE.


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Jasmine stands for kindness, beauty and love


Spring Greeting

Originally from the Himalayas, jasmine has powerful seductive qualities: fragrant and charming, it is a subtle conqueror of hearts. Here in the West, it symbolises kindness; in Asia, it represents beauty and love. In many Asian countries, it plays an important role in wedding ceremonies and is otherwise widely used by women as a decorative hair accessory. It is much appreciated for its beautiful white flowers and exquisite fragrance. It is interesting that the buds are sometimes more fragrant than the flowers themselves and certain species give off their best perfume after sunset and during the night. Furthermore, a study by the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf has established that the fragrance of jasmine has a relaxing effect. In Europe, jasmine is a traditional ingredient in feminine perfumes. Genuine essential jasmine oil is extremely costly due to its low yields and was once weighed against gold. The plant's name is allegedly derived from Persian and means "symbol of love".

Discover the language of flowers HERE.

A charming gesture or a declaration of love? See our floral messengers HERE.


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