Hydrangeas and Lilies – the flowers of Easter
by Serina | March 28, 2023
As we welcome the spring season, one of the most celebrated holidays is Easter. And when we talk about Easter, two flowers that come to mind are hydrangeas and lilies. But have you ever wondered how these beautiful blooms became synonymous with this holiday?
Hydrangeas are native to Japan but were first discovered by a French botanist named Philibert Commerson during his exploration of the island of Mauritius. These beautiful flowers come in a variety of colors, from pink and white to blue and purple, and are known for their large, showy blooms that resemble pom-poms. Hydrangeas were introduced in Europe in the 18th century and quickly gained popularity due to their beauty and versatility. During the Victorian era, hydrangea bushes were commonly found in English cottage gardens and were a favorite of Queen Victoria.
Hydrangeas became associated with Easter due to their blooming season. These flowers typically start to bloom in March and April, just in time for Easter. Additionally, the large, showy blooms of the hydrangea are said to represent abundance and gratitude, fitting in perfectly with the spirit of Easter.
Lilies, on the other hand, have been associated with Easter for centuries. These beautiful flowers were first cultivated in Asia and were brought to Europe during the Roman Empire. There are over a hundred species of lilies, with the most commonly known species being the Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum).
The Easter Lily became popular in the U.S. in the mid-1800s, and its association with Easter is believed to have started in the 1880s. During this time, Easter services were held in the newly built cathedrals, and the fragrance of the lilies was said to enhance the ambiance of the services.
Lilies also have a rich symbolism that fits with the Easter season. The white color of the Easter Lily symbolizes purity, innocence, and new beginnings, and the trumpet-shaped blooms represent resurrection and new life.
No matter your preference for blooms this Easter Holiday one thing is for certain, flowers and plants are a fitting symbol for life, and represent the lush and vibrant seasons ahead.