Freesias are a great example of what winter has to offer when you plug in your perceptions and explore nature’s gamut. Not only are freesias majestic delights to behold, they also send forth a scent that is absolutely intoxicating. It’s spicy, exotic, and universally beloved. Basically, freesias redefine what we associate with winter.
In their current manifestation, freesias are poetically swan-like and irresistibly graceful, but they have come a long way. The South African species that started it all was originally an ugly duckling bearing a few downsized buds straddling the tips of scrawny stems. But because they perform in synchronization with our winter and because they fill that gap with outrageously fragrant flowers, a whole lot of effort has been plugged into increasing the color range and improving the flower forms of freesias. As recently as the 20th century, freesias received a makeover to form a series of more substantial gapping blossoms lining long, strong, arching stems. Decades of harnessing and augmenting the best qualities of several parents resulted in the birth of a wintertime tradition. In fact, the transformation was so complete that freesias are now wintertime mainstays for florists. Beyond the presentation, the rainbow has increased. Originally, freesias were confined to the white, cream, and pale yellow realms. Currently, that spectrum has been expanded to include purples, lavenders, pinks, and coppers as well as double blossoms that resemble miniature rosebuds.