As you may know, I’m massively inspired by florals. Hadn’t noticed? Well you will as you get to know me.
Although I spend a lot of time staring at them, picking them, taking photos of them etc I know very little about them. My Mum can tell you all the latin names for the plants around us and in her garden, which I’m slightly in awe of. In order to address this floral ignorance, I’ve tasked myself with researching the language of flowers.
Over on Instagram, I’ve been sharing my floral photography and flower studies. Experimenting with paint, capturing the beautiful floral forms and colours. Perhaps for some future flower illustrations. Certainly for my fashion inspired illustrations. Sometimes it may not be obvious in my work how the florals have inspired an illustration. It could be a colour, the line of a stamen, the frill of a petal. All I know is I’m happier and more creative when I’m around a fresh bunch of flowers.
Last month, due to spring bursting into full swing, it was the language of magnolias. This month, it’s Ranunculus.
The Meaning of Ranunculus
I must admit that after discovering them via Instagram, (they are everywhere during the later spring and summer months via fellow flower lovers), I did start thinking ‘oh gawd, not another Ranunculus’! They somehow looked a bit lanky as they can be quite top heavy, plonked in a vase, they are often not fully opened and a bit same-y.
How dare you Georgie! Diss the beloved Ranunculus?!
Hang on let me finish…
As fate would have it, a lovely friend bought me some for my birthday. So I set about dissecting these little beauties and became rather enamored by their charms.
I have to say I prefer them when they are fully open, almost passing their best. You can see their beautiful, frilly, skirt-like petals. Their bold center stamens. And well, they are just not so lanky. So yes I’m a fan of their ‘Radiant Charm’. That’s literally what they symbolise. Give a Ranunculus to someone and you’re telling them
I’m dazzled by your charms
More Information about the Ranunculus
Common name: Ranunculus
Botanical name: Ranunculaceae
Type: Flowering Plant
in a wide variety of colours
Flowers: Spring-planted ranunculus
will bloom in June or July.
No. of Species: Approx 600
- Native to Asia, the Ranunculus is a perennial that fares best in cool, dry
climates with mild winters.
- They are also known as ‘Little Frog.
Probably due to them often being found near water or watery conditions.
- Ranunculus symbolizes Radiant Charm. The flower conveys a message that you are radiant with charm or you are attractive. They are a good choice for a wedding bouquet.
- Members of the Ranunculaceae family include buttercups, spearworts, water crowfoots.
- Also known as Coyote’s Eyes, legend has it that the mythological Coyote was tossing his eyes up in the air and catching them when an Eagle snatched them. Unable to see, Coyote created eyes from the buttercup.
- All Ranunculus species are poisonous when eaten fresh by cattle, horses, and other livestock.
I also took the opportunity to present the ranunculus in a few different styles for my #5wayswithflowers challenge, which you can see throughout this post. I hope you enjoy and most of all, learnt a little something today.
If you’re in Brighton on Friday night, do come and join the Brighton Etsy Craft Party. I’ll be hosting a floral collage design workshop. As well as playing with florals, there will be various other crafts to try, music, drinks and cake… I’d love to see you there!
Have an inspired day.