“What Blooms When?”

A visit to a garden can be an exciting outing or a big disappointment.


As a botanical photographer, it is important to know what flowers are blooming at what time of year. Unless of course you like the “green look”, I would highly recommend you do some research before venturing out on your quest for color.

Confession: I’m still learning this. Just this week, I visited a local garden hoping to see a variety of spring flowers in full bloom. Even though the first day of spring has come and gone, most of the flowers I was looking for hadn’t gotten the memo about their need to be open and in color. For instance, I love roses. But, a worker at the Smith-Gilbert Garden (where I was visiting), informed me that their roses don’t open until May. Tips like this can come in handy.

Ask around. Research online. Visit wedding shops and stores selling floral arrangements. Bridal sites can be quite helpful with this.


Flowers by Month: A Simple Guide ….

  • January: Carnations/Snowdrops/ Mimosa
  • February: Violets/ Irises/ Primroses
  • March: Daffodils/Jonquils/ Queen Anne’s Lace/ Snapdragon
  • April: Daisies/ Sweet Peas/ Hyacinth
  • May: Lily of the Valley/ Hawthorn/ African Lily/ Milkweed/Gerbera Daisy
  • June: Roses (National Rose Month)/ Honeysuckle/ Merigolds
  • July: Larkspur/ Lavender/ Hydrangea/ Water Lily
  • August: Gladiolas/ Poppies/ Arachnis (Spider Orchid)
  • September: Aster/ Snow-berries/ Morning Glories
  • October: Calendula/ Cosmos/ Waxflower/ Zinnias
  • November: Chrysanthemums/ Helleborus (Christmas Rose) Veronica
  • December: Narcissus (Daffodil)/ Poinsettia/ Holly/ Carnation

Floral Research:



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