In Bloom: ‘Floret’s Chocolate’ Ranunculus

I’ll admit, whenever a flower is described as “chocolate,” I immediately become skeptical. It’s not that I don’t believe that there are really lovely brown-rust colored blooms out there, I just haven’t encountered them. It seems that the flowers that I select nearly always open in shades of maroon or dark red.

In my garden, the same can also be said for the ‘Chocolate’ ranunculus that I purchased from the Floret site last fall. As you can see from the photo above, most of my flowers were quite bright, with just the occasional deeper color. Though these flowers are quite beautiful, I have started to wonder whether or not weather conditions in my garden may play a role in color development. After all, my spring weather is very unpredictable.

Here’s a closer photo of those same flowers, this time with a little different lighting that helps to show the true color.

Though the ‘Chocolate’ ranunculus weren’t what I was expecting, they were still a very nice addition to the cut flower garden. I’m not certain if I would grow them again, as the tones didn’t really seem to blend with the other spring colors in my yard. What do you think? Have you ever grown ‘Chocolate’ ranunculus before? If so, I’d love to hear all about your experiences in the comment section below. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog!

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