November is often thought of as the night before Christmas. The time is just before we start going into full holiday mode. Offices become restless about the holidays, and service venues begin sweating as they know the big parties are coming. Shops along the high street start building barricades, preparing for the tide of shoppers leaving their shopping until December 24th.
You've probably already seen Christmas in shops as early as Halloween: minced pies on sale, advent calendars outselling next year's calendars, and chocolate Santa Clauses flying off the shelves into shopping baskets. Unfortunately, it can all seem like a bit much.
So, let's de-stress and decompress by looking at some of the most popular Christmas Flowers people buy for the end-of-year festivities.
These additions to bouquets make them what they are. Popular Christmas flowers adorned with dressings of holy, ivy and more green and white foliage. Dried flowers often have these luxurious stems decorating them. So here are the best ways to make some of your Xmas flowers stand out this year!
The Eucalyptus Family
Eucalyptus is a stem that screams Christmas. They're easily identifiable from their cyan colourings, with some coming in a glossy green that feels like lightly dusted dry dew on the leaves.
The Eucalyptus is native to Australia and has a fascinating history. Unfortunately, the sap of the trees is naturally very flammable, so wildfires have frequently been a disastrous part of their lives.
Eucalyptus trees have the unique adaptation of being fire-resistant! Even when burnt down, the trees resprout in the ashes of their demise, like a plant phoenix. Today, the plant is found in many warm climates worldwide, even becoming an invasive species in California. They're well known for their pulpwood, honey or essential oil production. And, of course, as combos with popular Christmas flowers.
These festive floral stems make the best addition to any arrangement. Particularly in the Winter Forest dried flower bouquet. Their glossy green colours complement the lush red and vibrant whites of the floral arrangement, and they are unique Xmas flowers in a bottle!
The Protea Flower
Proteas are gorgeous flowers that make for a beautiful bloom. They are native to South Africa and represent a long and illustrious history in South Africa and the world.
Likely named after the Greek God Proteus by Carl Linnaeus, they share a trait with the Greek God himself. Proteus could change form at will, and the flower has a similar ability. It comes in a multitude of shapes, colours and flowering types. They have since become a popular flower in many botanists' gardens. However, they don't have any significant uses other than for their beauty. Even so, their diversity of form speaks for itself.
If you ever find yourself short of a flower complement, the Protea is your best pick purely due to its astonishing variety! That's why it's such a powerful centrepiece within our festive floral stems. These Christmas flowers make for traditionally popular bouquets such as this Dried Flower Bouquet that will brighten your home, no matter the season.
Cotton Stems – Not just for Textiles!
Cotton is an odd, soft, fluffy fibre with a long, often controversial history, discovered in the tropical regions of Egypt, Africa, and later throughout the Americas. This silky and smooth staple fibre became very popular for its use in the production of clothes.
For thousands of years, the concept of synthetic clothing that we're so used to today, polyester, fake leather etc., wasn't possible.
For as long as people have been wearing clothes, there have only been about three options:
- Wool, which is typically very itchy.
- Silk is costly due to its method of production.
- Cotton is beloved for being breathable, soft and highly comfortable.
However, this didn't stop people. Cotton became an integral part of the African Slave trade that took thousands of people from their homes in Africa to the Americas. Here, they endured intense suffering to produce cheap clothing—a dark history of a beneficial and central crop.
Today, Cotton is commonplace and often very cheap to produce. Thanks to extensive technological innovations. It also makes for a darling centrepiece with other popular Christmas flowers. Cotton evokes Christmas by adding a little snowflake-like appearance to any design, making it one of the best festive floral stems!
Pine Cones Front and Centre
Pine is a traditional and popular form of Christmas décor. These trees are one of the best forms of Christmas trees, being in the same plant family as Spruce trees.
Pine trees are evergreen, meaning they will keep their small, prickly leaves all year round, no matter the weather. Their history in lumber and construction is long known. We use the family of evergreens for their nutritional value. Pine nuts, the seeds of the Pine tree, are generally edible and can be roasted like chestnuts. The soft inner bark is also edible and was a central nutrient source for Native Americans for centuries. They even are mentioned in the Bible once or twice, so you've got to admit their religious significance!
Pine cones add a Christmas feel to whatever arrangement they're in—just like this DIY wreath! They feel like the quintessential festive floral stems. In addition, they make popular Christmas flowers feel even more fantastic through their plain and unassuming appearance.
Remember, it's always best to backdrop your beautiful dried flowers with earthy tones to make their sharp contrast pop!
Pampas Grass for Christmas
Pampas grass, known in the scientific community as Cortaderia selloana, is a long and flowing grass often found in South America. The Pampas region, which spans several South American countries, is the source of its interesting name. The name is a Spanish word meaning "plain", referring to the vast flat plains that house the gorgeous wheat-like grass.
These festive floral stems evoke a Christmassy feel by having soft, cotton-like textures to their inflorescences. They blow in the breeze along the Pampas canvas. Like Pine Cones, they give off a relatively plain visual that makes the more gorgeous flowers and stems stand out. As a result, they've become both popular Christmas flowers.
And, of course, Red Roses!
Infinity roses are becoming a popular alternative to fresh flowers. These long-lasting roses are a great Christmas gift because they will last at least 12 months and up to three years if kept out of direct sunlight and away from air conditioning outlets. Furthermore, Infinity roses maintain their look and fragrance, making them a unique and memorable Christmas gift. Rose boxes are a popular way to package roses, and we offer a variety of designs from which to choose. So whether you are looking for a traditional or modern design, you will find the perfect rose box for Christmas.
A Sustainable Christmas Celebration
If you've noticed a pattern, these ferns, stems, plants, and of course, our infinity roses have a singular theme: their association with evergreen, variety and snow. This association is intentional. For years and years, the concept of a white Christmas has been getting further and further from reality. The world is heating up rapidly, and un-ecological business practices are among the most significant contributors. In just 20 years, a snowy Christmas might seem like an abnormality rather than a dream. We do not want to live in such a world.
Amaranté is committed to an entirely ecological business method. We are using environmentally friendly production methods to ensure a vibrant and luscious bouquet, all without sacrificing the planet.
For every delivery made, even those with same or next-day delivery, Amaranté covers the carbon footprint entirely. In addition, planting trees and dealing with other environmentally friendly businesses ensure a sustainable business model that the world can enjoy.
Our dream is for a world full of flowers, and that dream can never come at the cost of the world. It must live alongside it in harmony, just like all those lovely black-and-white festive films taught us. Think of us when you hear Bing Crosby's warble about a white Christmas. We're taking steps to make it more and more of a likely reality this year, and the next, and all the next to come.