In Finland, around the time of Summer Solstice, Finns swarm to the countryside with friends and family to start the annual Midsummer celebration. Bonfires (traditionally lit to ward off evil spirits and promise healthy crops) and sauna are two of the most typical traditions in Finnish Midsummer celebrations, but now barbecuing, fishing, boating and partying have become standard Midsummer pastimes. What is something that’s a “must” during Midsummer? Flowers of course!
The Midsummer celebration
At the end of June, particularly in the northern part of Finland, the sun stays visible in the sky throughout the entire night. The Midnight Sun is a key element in the festivities in the northern parts of Finland, but the sky stays light throughout the whole country at this time of year. In times gone by, Midsummer meant the casting of spells with hopes of fertility, love and finding a spouse. In Finnish folklore, there is a tale that a young woman collected seven flowers under her pillow on Midsummer night, resulting in her future fiancé showing up in her dreams.
Midsummer flower crown DIY
Want to have something unique in your flower shop around Midsummer? Try and make a beautiful flower crown!
What you need: Floral wire, floral tape (green is best), wire cutters, greenery / foliage and flowers of your choice.
How to: First take a piece of floral wire and mould it into a circle. Put it on top of your head to test for size. You’ll want it to be quite loose fitting. With some green floral tape, close the circle firmly shut and wrap around the entire circle to form a cover. Then it’s time for the fun bit – choosing your foliage and flowers. A layer of green foliage is a good base to start with – don’t go too heavy at this stage – there’s lots more fun stuff to add. Once you have gathered what you’d like, tape it to the crown with the green floral tape. Now for the colour, the flowers! It’s good to make sure the flower stems are at least 3 inches long as you’ll need to tape the stems to the crown. Wrap as much as you like to make them secure and after adding all of the flowers, the flower crown is finished!
The perfect Midsummer flowers from Finnflor
This DIY is a great and very unique way to actually use the flowers for Midsummer, besides in a bouquet. Are you still looking for flowers to sell around Midsummer? Don’t worry! Order your flowers now in our webshop and we will deliver them freshly to your flower shop.