Flowers come in all colours and sizes: some are very dainty and look lovely on your wrist or as a buttonhole, other demands on flowers can be to fill big rooms or vase hotel receptions and wedding venues… Today we look at the big blooms. You will be amazed by the size of some flowers, truly mother nature at its best. Scroll down to get to know these big blooms that you usually can only find at a florist.
First up in our list of big blooms is the Hydrangea, our Flower of the Month July and a true eye-catcher. The flowers grow in large clusters at the end of stems and the flowerhead can reach a diameter of 3 inches (10cm) to 12 inches (30cm). Hydrangeas are used in all kinds of floral arrangements, including wedding flowers! The massive pom poms are often used as the focal flower in bridal bouquets or large table arrangements for example.
Its colourful petals and often massive flower heads are truly mesmerising. The size of a Dahlia can range from 2 inches up to 15 inches. The popular large varieties also go by the nickname ‘dinner plate Dahlia’. These impressive flowers are often used as the focal flower in wedding work such as bridal bouquets. The most popular Dahlia for wedding work is probably the gorgeous ‘Café Au Lait’ Dahlia. This multiple award-winning flower features fully double florals and grows up to 10 inches wide. Impressive, right?
These big blooms need no introduction, they can be sized from 3 inches (10 cm) to 14 inches (40-45cm). Sunflowers not only have large heads, but they are also incredibly tall as well. The largest Sunflower to history reached a height of 30 feet and 1 inch. When you have some of these cheerful flowers brightening up your home, make sure to give them plenty of water. Sunflowers are very thirsty flowers, particularly when they first go into the water.
Oriental Double Lilies
Most Lilies have quite big heads but there’s one that stands out from the rest: the Oriental Double Lily. ‘Double’ refers to twice the numbers of petals on the flowers, this gives them a full look. The heads can grow as big as 9 inches in diameter (27cm). Good news for everyone who suffers from hayfever, this variety is mainly pollen-free because the additional petals grow in the place where the stamens usually are.
South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea (Protea cynaroides) lends its name to its crown-like appearance and is the largest of all Protea varieties. The artichoke-like flower heads can grow up to 12 inches (30cm). The King Protea is no ordinary flower, the large and pointy bracts surround a collection of tepaled inner flowers in the centre.
Last on our list of big blooms is the Anthurium. The waxy-looking colourful bloom that catches your eye isn’t actually a flower, it’s called a spathe. This shield-like leaf protects the spadix, on which the actual flowers are found. Did you know that how bigger the spathe is, the longer the stem can grow (up to a height of 15 – 20 inches)?
Which of these big blooms is your favourite? Head over to your local florist and get some of these impressive flowers for yourself or a loved one – you will not be disappointed!