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Give flowers for Easter – here are some inspirational ideas

Easter may be associated with the munching of scrummy chocolate eggs, but it's also a celebration of spring, as well as a religious festival for those in the Christian faith.

Flowers are often associated with new life and rebirth, which makes them the perfect gift for Easter, whether you're celebrating the religious festival or the arrival of springtime.

Everyone loves to receive flowers, whatever the occasion, so here are some ideas about the blooms you might want to give for Easter.

Easter lilies

Lilies at Easter make a wonderful giftThese flowers are the floral symbol of Easter for many people, typically a white bloom which symbolises purity and goodness.

The origins of the Easter lily are closely tied to Christianity with the purity of the flower said to resemble the perfection of Jesus Christ when he died on the cross. These lilies were also said to have been found flowering in the Garden of Gethsemane following the crucifixion, and are often dubbed the White-Robed Apostles of Hope.

Trumpet-shaped and fragrant, this lily is also referred to in the Bible on numerous occasions.

Regardless of whether you are celebrating the religious festival or the arrival of spring, lilies are a beautiful choice and are a great way to mark the close of winter. One word of warning: if you have cats, they aren't a good idea because they are extremely toxic to all felines.

Passion flowers

Evergreen plants with blooms which look particularly exotic, passion flowers are a wonderful choice for an Easter gift.

Originating from tropical rain forests, the passion flower arrived in European botanical gardens in the 19th century but their legend is much entwined with the story of Christ.

The passion flower typically lasts for three days, symbolic of the time that Jesus spent inside the tomb, while the three stamens are said to be representative of the wounds sustained on the cross. There are also 72 filaments which is said to be the same number as the thorns in the crown that Jesus bore.

The connection between Christ and the passion flower was first written about by a monastic scholar in 1609, Jacomo Bosio, who was shown the flower by firstly an Augustan friar, then Jesuit priests.

The myth of the passion flower combines with the beauty of the bloom to create the perfect choice for an Easter gift.

Narcissus

Daffs at EasterMoving away from Christianity, the original flower celebrated at Easter was the narcissus, more specifically narcissus tazetta.

Believed by the ancient Greeks as the first representation of the arrival of spring, it's still a popular Easter flower in Mediterranean regions such as northern Italy and the south of France.

Another form of narcissus more frequently seen in the UK is the narcissus pseudo narcissus, more commonly known as the daffodil.

The daffodil does have some religious overtones, with the emergence of new life from a bulb which seemingly appears to be dead. Blooming from March through to the end of April, the timing of the daffodil is perfect to coincide with Easter. Daffodils have been planted in gardens since the 17th century.

The colour of Easter

If you want a less conventional choice of flower, but still want to celebrate Easter specifically, you could simply choose a combination of white and yellow blooms.

If you think about the most common images of Easter, yellow and white dominate: fluffy yellow chicks, white lambs springing in the field, creamy white hatched eggs and the pale lemons of daffodils.

Yellow roses, white tulips, yellow chrysanthemums and white apple blossom are all wonderful choices for an Easter bouquet which will be perfect to welcome in the springtime in a contemporary way, but with a nod to tradition.

Conclusion

Easter is the time of new beginnings, with the end of the cold winter weather and the arrival of summer. Celebrate the season with a colourful floral gift, with both traditional and modern bouquets of cheerful yellow and white flowers.

 

Image Credits: Helen Freeman and Karen von Dijk