Did you know that the mating process of the plant is usually mediated by its flowers? The myriad of colours, shapes, and types of flowers that you see around is essentially nature’s initial step towards successful pollination. Thus, the bright and conspicuous colours of flowers that please your eye are not primarily meant to make you happy! They are intended to attract cross-pollinating insects, which in turn, assist the plant in its mating process. You’ll come across some self-pollinating flowers too. These do not require a third party to disperse the ‘male’ pollen over the ‘female’ stigma. Artificially cross-pollinating flowers like roses have created wonderful hybrids, which is why it is sometimes useful for a florist to understand the science behind the flowers.
We acknowledge that assembling the right flowers for the right occasion is the real essence of a florist but there is definitely as much to the science as there is to the art. So, what is the science behind the flowers that we sell at Inspirations Florist? How easy or difficult is it to rear our flowers? How do we manage a consistent supply of flowers through the season and how do we obtain exotic hybrids? Finally, is there also a scientific base to our flower arrangements, for instance, ensuring that flowers in one arrangement have similar shelf-lives, and can withstand similar soil or water conditions?
Watch out for this space!
We plan to bring some scientific facts and botanical knowledge on to your table, and introduce you to our lovely flowers. Always a warm welcome from Inspirations Florist!