August in the Swiss flower world is simply a dream. All kinds of different varieties are in bloom, which we present to you here! But one thing at a time. Let's take a look at the seasonal treasures of August in our seasonal calendar.
Because we spent the first two weeks of August on holiday ourselves, we only created two bouquets in this high summer month.
St. John's wort (aka Hypericum)
In medicine, St. John's wort (hypericum) is used to treat depression and insomnia – in the bouquet, its pink berries really put you in a good mood.
You can recognise sedum by its white-pink flowers and fleshy leaves – the latter is why sedum is also called stonecrop in our country and why they belong to the succulent family.
The light purple succisella with its spherical inflorescences is a beautiful and graceful perennial.
The bright pink nägeli belong to the "spray carnation" varieties – this is because the small side shoots are not removed and therefore several flowers develop. This is how they differ from the classic carnations, which have only 1 large flower on the stem.
Arthemisia (silvery mugwort)
The light grey-silvery arthemisia stems in your bouquet may have very inconspicuous little flowers, but the whole plant smells really aromatic and is therefore definitely worth a noseful.
Black cumin (aka Nigella)
Black cumin is a very old spice and medicinal plant, where mainly the black seeds (hence the name) are used – either pure or as oil.
Eustoma (aka Lisianthus)
White lisianthus, somewhat reminiscent of roses, stand for appreciation and gratitude in the flower world. Today they are often known as "Eustoma". Eustoma is the Greek expression for "beautiful mouth" – we agree, the flower is beautiful to kiss!
Echinacea, also known as coneflower in our country, is often used as a remedy for colds. They come in white, yellow and pink hues – and even when they eventually drop their flowers, their round flower baskets still look beautiful. Like in the photo here.
In Switzerland, the pink cosmea with its filigree and bowl-shaped flowers are also called "jewel basket".
Queen Anne's lace (Khella)
The khella is also called Queen Anne's lace and its green and white flowers stand together in a double umbellate inflorescence with up to 150 umbel rays.
In July, the dahlias of the Zurich Oberland begin to bloom. They come in many varieties – all of them simply stunningly beautiful. But remember: dahlias only bloom for about 5 days, then they have to be taken out of the bouquet.
Lots of love,
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