Category Archives: Spring Flowers

The Canadian Tulip Festival is Approaching

The Canadian Tulip Festival is a long running festival held in Ottawa city each year. This year the festival runs from May 12-23 at the new indoor Aberdeen Tulip Pavilion at Lansdowne Park.

The legacy of the number of tulips in our country’s capital city goes back as far as the 1940’s when the Dutch Royal Family was exiled out of the Netherlands. The family’s Princess Juliana eventually found safety in Ottawa. Princess Juliana and her children lived in safety in Canada for 5 years before going back to the Netherlands.


As a way of expressing her gratitude for her stay in Ottawa, Princess Juliana sent many gifts back to the people of Canada. One the gifts was 100,000 tulip bulbs, with a request to plant them on the grounds of the Ottawa Civic Hospital, where she had her third child. Juliana continued to send tulip bulbs to Canada each year of her reign as Queen, which ended in 1980.

The bright and wonderful display of tulips around Ottawa generated great interest from Canadians and quickly became a tourist attraction at springtime. The blooming of these colourful flowers represents the coming of the new season and the Tulip Festival is a celebration of just that.

Today, over 1 million tulips bloom throughout the Tulip Route, and The Canadian Tulip Festival now includes entertainment and activities for all ages during the week that the festival runs.

As flower enthusiasts at Brant Florist, we are excited that the National Tulip Festival is just around the corner. This means that local tulips will be popping up around town as well, providing beautiful reminders that spring is finally here.


Blooming in pinks, yellows, red, purples and more, these symbolic flower combinations are endless. Bring the joy of spring colours that tulips provide into your home or office with one of our beautiful tulip arrangements this spring!

Visit our spring flowers selection to order tulips to brighten up your space no matter where you are!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The most common plant associated with St. Patrick’s Day is the four leaf clover. There is a different meaning for every leaf of the four leaf clover: the first leaf is for faith, the second for hope, the third for love and the fourth for luck. The legend says that your luck increases if you accidentally find the four leaf clover. Spring is coming… we hope 🙂 so get out there & start looking! I mean “accidentally”, of course!

Four-leaf clover

Four-leaf clover

When writing this blog I was certain that I found the perfect flower/plant to talk about when it comes to St. Patty’s Day. It’s called the Bells of Ireland.

Lucky Day

Lucky Day

But after looking into it, they don’t even come from Ireland; they originate in Turkey or Syria! When it comes to the meanings of flowers they do represent luck though. The Bells of Ireland are a tall green flower that looks like it has little green bells that run the length of it with little tiny white flowers-and prickers, so be careful! This flower is a beautiful addition to any floral arrangement. And it also has a clean fresh scent to it.

Top of the Morning in Vase

Top of the Morning in Vase

Lastly, there is the shamrock plant. This plant has green triangular leaves with little tiny white flowers. It is a fairly easy plant to grow. It likes moist soil, cool air and bright light. The Shamrock also goes through a dormant period in which it’ll “sleep” for about 3 months. I think we could all use a “dormant” period every now and then. Once green shoots start coming up that means it’s time to wake up and enjoy the sunshine!

Here’s an Irish Cheer to get you excited for March 17th! Happy St Patrick’s Day!

May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold,
And at the end of all your rainbows, may you find a pot of gold!

Creating Spring Bouquets

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and it being April, thoughts of spring are on everyone’s minds. We think about floral arrangements that epitomize spring, thus including a lot of the flowers we normally associate with this season of renewal. Daisies, carnations, lilies, blushing roses, and colour splashes of lavender, yellow, green, and more green are on our minds.

I enjoy the late spring for one reason: the variety of flowers available for arranging is enormous. While there are always a lot of choices to go with at any time of year, the late spring seems to have everything all at once.


The cheery, rainbow of colours and the blooms from round to star shaped are endless. Bouquets range from round to tall to cascading to wide and flat. Some flowers want to be heaped in, others to be stacked, and still others to be criss-crossed for best effect. Combining them is endlessly fun to create new menageries of display.

Don’t even get me started on gift baskets.

Until next time,

Ken Bolt

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Spring Weddings

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and Spring time seems to bring on the wedding bells. This time of year is about renewal, but it’s also, traditionally, one of the most popular wedding seasons. The months of April, May and June are the most-chosen wedding dates if the year, with each being bigger than the last, and the “June Bride” idea creating the pinnacle.

Often, the newlyweds-to-be focus heavily on the bridal bouquet and the table arrangements. This leaves out the other arrangements that are likely to populate the wedding as well, including the groom’s boutonniere and bridesmaid’s corsages. Quite often, as a florist, we base these other arrangements on the bridal bouquet. Recently, though, things were reversed.

Pink Rose Splendor Bouquet

Pink Rose Splendor Bouquet

A couple, planning a wedding in May, approached us with their plans, asking for a wedding arrangement bid. Talking with them, it became obvious that most of the focus was not on the tables or the bride, but on the groom’s colour choices. The wedding was largely traditional in terms of who would wear what, where things would be placed, and so forth. What was different was that the groom’s family was extremely traditional in terms of the colours associated with their surname, which the bride would be taking, and thus all arrangements should reflect those three basic colours.

This turned out to make the bidding process far easier, since arrangement proposals were far easier to narrow down and thus create within a budget. It also meant creativity was needed in big measure, as it’s difficult to create arrangements which cannot include any green (part of the colour requirements).

Whatever a wedding requires, it should be unique in some way. That’s how we try to approach it. Even “cookie-cutter” weddings should have something uniquely about the participants. In this case, that was easy, and it provides an interesting idea for re-focus when considering wedding style.

Until next time,

Ken Bolt