Looking to broaden your floral know-how? MyDomaine has teamed up with Floom, an online platform that allows you to order bouquets and plants from the best artisanal florists. Each month they’ll be offering their own personal guide to the coolest blooms you might be hankering after without knowing exactly what they are called or how to arrange them. Here are Floom's six floral picks for October.
Welcome to the third installment of our insider’s guide to the coolest flowers you might find at this time of the year. I know what you’re thinking, MyDomaine readers. You’re thinking, Okay, third time around—the franchise has probably grown stale, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re introducing Ewoks or Sean Connery in a desperate attempt to maintain interest. Especially given that it’s well and truly fall now, and what good flowers grow as it gets cold?
Well, with the greatest of respect, guys: You’re wrong! The world of flowers stays beautiful all year round, and we’re happy to shed light on the finest October blooms out there. Keep these in mind when you’re trying to breathe fresh life into the gifts you send this holiday season.
We love the humble common daisy, but we wanted to draw attention to one of its slightly cooler cousins, the zinnia. The bold colors typifying its petals really make the zinnia stand out. Long in stem and rich in pigment, their flowers burst out of the dry, Central American grassland that is their native home. Its name was derived from the German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn, but a quick glance at the guy’s Wikipedia page suggests there is nothing remotely interesting about him, so we won’t dwell on that…
It’s another daisy! This time it's the paper variety—don’t bother trying to google it unless you’re a big fan of folksy craft sites belonging to the sort of people you wouldn’t really believe knew websites existed. (Apart from the fact that they have one, and they’re gonna show you how to make a flower out of A4 sheets whether you like it or not.) As you’d expect, real-life paper daisies possess a, well, papery texture. They’re also blessed with qualities that elevate them to a kind of super-daisy: The petals are more shapely and can feature stunning gradients in their coloring, and the central disc often bursts upward with a halo of tiny individual flowers (or florets).
This variety of thistle is known for its globular crown of blue, prickle-like flowers. There is a host of slightly different variations, each sporting a different shade of blue for all your hyper-specific bouquet needs. The etymology of its name is—for once—pretty hard to dispute. Derived from the Greek words ekhinos (hedgehog) and ops (head), it’s a pretty apt name for a flower with a head that looks a bit like a hedgehog.
A Eurasian native, it grows in sunny, rocky, or bushy places. It’s hugely loved by bees and their insect kinfolk as a pollinator. Of course, it’s heavily associated with Scotland, and practical qualities aside, it also acts as an ancient Celtic symbol of noble character. Prickly, beautiful, noble—a perfect summation of both the people and the plant.
>“Scabious” sounds like something out of an old David Cronenberg film that is the culprit behind some horror-inducing outbreak. Fitting, seeing as we’re in Halloween season. However, it’s perhaps a little unfair to one of the most strikingly beautiful additions to any bouquet at this time of year.
The cosmos is the flower of 2016. It’s true; we are quite, quite enamored with this little bloom. You can take this as proof of our on-trend credentials if you like. Sometimes you just want to cut through the hype, though, and appreciate the indisputable qualities of a flower that enlivens any arrangement. We already spoke of our love for the chocolate variety in the September installment of our column, but this white version relies on no such scratch ’n’ sniff gimmickry. These elegant ivory petals would make even Phoebe Philo’s pristine Adidas Stan Smiths dust themselves down.
Context is important, isn’t it? It's true, toads are not particularly known for their surface beauty. Mottled splotches of darkened pigment upon dripping wet, rubbery skin… Gross, right? Yet transport that same pattern onto the shimmering surface of a lily, add a translucent layer of pink and purple coloring, and what do you get? One of the most interesting and enticing flowers out there at this time of year.
Join us next month for another installment of the very best blooms to include in your arrangement.