...for the Ranunculus to be available! I think I posted about these beautiful flowers last year, too. I don't know if it is because they are only available for 2-3 months out of the year, or just their beauty, but I adore these flowers, they are my favorites.
They are completely unique with petals like paper that seem to unfold instead of bloom. The name ranunculus is latin for "little frog", which lends itself to the flowers often being found near water.
I knew nothing about these flowers until one spring, while living in San Francisco, I was downtown and came upon the most amazing outdoor flower market. I walked up and down the aisles and saw these beautiful flowers in a bucket and asked the vendor about them. I was hooked from then on. He told me that they were usually only available from Feb-May, but at least through florists I have found here in NC, and even online florists, I am lucky to see them longer than March-April.
If you have never seen them up close, keep an eye out soon!