a lovely flower.
"Perhaps the only homely thing about the ruffly ranunculus is its name:
Latin for "little frog," the word refers to the swampy ground where
many types of the flower -- readily available from February until May
-- grow. Everything else about the plump and pretty bloom speaks of
unbridled beauty, from its tissuelike petals that unfurl in tightly
budded whorls to the breadth of colors in which it is found. As
romantic as roses or peonies, but not nearly as commonplace, these
bulb-grown blossoms work in tight, formal arrangements or when placed
in a simple, clear vase-all the better to show off their curvy stems.
Picotee ranunculus are particularly elegant, recalling the contrasting
border of featheredge creamware or an antique book with gilt-trimmed
pages. Once cut, ranunculus last up to a week, making them the perfect
choice for bridal bouquets or centerpieces. Indeed, this "little frog"
is one a wedding-day princess will find hard to resist."
"The choice of ranunculus framed with a delicate sweet-pea collar in
this Biedermeier bouquet was inspired by the tulle tufts and sequins on
the bride’s Monique Lhuillier gown. The center blooms’ striking lime
hue enhances the dramatic effect. Bouquet of French button ranunculus
(available only in spring) and sweet pea, $600, by Belle Fleur, NYC,
212-254-8703, bellefleurny.com. Dress by Monique Lhuillier,"
from sarah&nick's wedding featured on the bride's cafe and brooklyn bride.
I may just have to choose this for my bridal bouquet. Love it!