Anemone • Name: Comes from "anemos", the greek word for wind. Sometimes called the windflower. Pronounced a-NEM-o-nee • Origin: Eastern part of Mediterranean area and Asia Minor. They are now grown across Europe, particularly Italy and Israel. • Color: Vibrant shades of red, purple and pink, with jet black hearts ringed with white. The all-white anemone is rare, it has a yellow-green heart. • Mythology: It is said that the goddess Flora was jealous of her husband's attentions towards the nymph Anemone and so transformed her into the wind flower and left her at the mercy of the North Wind.
Bouvardia • Name: The flowers are named after Parisian doctor Charles Bouvard, personal physician to Louis XIII and director of the Jardin des Plantes. • Origin: Native to Mexico. Introduced to the UK in 1854, but are chiefly grown in sub-tropical zones and under glass in Holland. • Color: Shades of pinks and red as well as white.
Cattleya • Name: Commonly known as the Corsage orchid. • Color: Huge frilled flowers in pinks, purples, yellows and white. • Facts: Often sold singly. The leaves are sold as Orca foliage
Crocosmia • Name: The name name 'Crocosmia' comes from the Latin 'croceus' meaning saffron colored (ie golden orange). Often called Montbretia as well. • Origin: Crocosmia originate from South Africa. • Color: Fiery yellow, orange, red and tan colors.
Lisianthus • Name: Pronounced lizzie-ANN-thus. Also called Eustoma, Prairie Gentian or Texan bluebell. • Origin: Native to the prairies of Texas and Mexico, despite their delicate appearance. • Color: Shades of purple, cream, pink, also pale green, or bold two-tone "picotees" with coloured petal edges. • Facts: Has been one of the most popular flowers exhibited by the Flowers & Plants Association. Hardly anyone knows what it is, but everyone loves it!
Phlox • Name: Latin via Greek meaning "flame". • Origin: Grown all over the world but mostly from USA • Color: Monotone phloxes are available in white, pink, purple and mauve hues.
Ranunculus • Name: Pronounced ran-UN-kew-lus. The Latin name ranunculus means "little frog". • Origin: The Middle East, hence their alternative name "Turban Buttercup". They have tuberous roots and hollow stems. • Color: Yellow, white, red, pink, orange, and copper, either peony flowered or open flowered, with dark or yellow centres. • Mythology: In fairy tales frogs are apt to change into princes and it was an Asian prince in just such a story who gave his name to this flower, which grows naturally in swampy ground. The prince was so good-looking that he was loved by everyone. He also had a beautiful voice but this was his undoing. He loved the open country and sang delightful songs in the presence of nymphs. He did not have the courage to declare his love to them and this haunted him so much that he died. After his death he was changed into the flower with delicate tissuey petals which bears his name.
Rose • Name: Rose • Color: Available in every color except blue and true black. • Facts: In the 19th century old scented roses were used to make jelly. The red rose is the symbol of England and is worn on St George's Day. It is also the symbol of love and is hugely popular on St Valentine's Day, when roses make up the largest proportion of the £22 million spent on flowers in the UK on this day. • Medicinal: The crusaders when defeated by Saladin in Jerusalem returned to the west with rose plants which were then cultivated by monks in their monastery gardens for their medicinal properties. Rose water was successfully used to cure all kinds of ailments, such as trembling, constipation, drunkenness, skin and throat infections and insomnia.
Sweat Pea • Name: Botanical name is Lathyrus odoratus - odoratus means scented. • Color: Purples, pinks, creams,salmons. • Language of Flowers: Sweet peas mean "delicate pleasures". Breeders are trying to develop a scented yellow sweet pea. The Lathyrus family has a naturally occurring yellow pea but it has no fragrance.
Vanda • Name: Vanda is the Hindustani (Urdu) name of the flower. • Description: Elegant five petalled flowers, several to a stem • Color: A wide range of shades some with spots
Zinnia • Name: Zinnia • Origin: Native to Mexico where the Spaniards called it mal de ojos, because the flowers were small and considered ugly to the eye. First cultivated in Austria in 1613. • Color: Virtually every color except blue.