By Maxine Davis
Can you answer these questions correctly?
1) The petals of which flower cover Mena Suvari in 1999’s “American Beauty”?
2) What was Mary Stuart Masterson’s favourite flower in the movie, “Bed of Roses”?
3) In “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1945), what flower shields Mary (Donna Reed) when her bathrobe comes loose?
4) What flower-themed song does Uncle Billy (Thomas Mitchell) sing about?
5) What was Princess Diana’s favorite flower to receive?
6) What was Kathleen Kelly’s (Meg Ryan) favorite flower in the movie, “You’ve Got Mail”?
Answers: 1-Rose, 2-A Sterling Rose, 3-Hydrangea, 4-My Wild Irish Rose, 5-Long-stemmed Yellow Roses, 6-Daisy
It’s May and many of us are thinking flowers. Also, many are planting flowers or planted them earlier. For me, this year, I’ve been planting wave petunias in baskets. There are purple and lavender in a couple of baskets, and one basket of white and pink. I have Knockout Roses, azaleas, a rhododendron bush, a snowball bush, yellow belles, hydrangea, gardenias and an African lily. All of these make spring a divine time to roam around the yard while outside. I do like planting flowers, but I admit, pushing a wheel borrow around in the hot sun, is not my favorite thing to do. I do the hanging baskets and flower pots, but if it’s in the yard, hubby wants to do it—and I graciously allow this.
Oh, yes, I nearly forgot. My favorite? It’s very hard to say. I do love hydrangeas, but I would also say my favorite is an iris, but sometimes it just depends on what I walk by. Flowers are truly a wonder of God that I think are just beautiful.
Still having trouble deciding on your favorite? What does your favorite flower say about your personality and style?
Daisy: Refreshing and unpretentious, this type is often sunny and optimistic, loving to spend lots of time in nature, and preferring clothes that don’t mind getting a little rumpled. Choose fresh, natural colors and crisp fabrics. Image: A casual picnic on a patchwork quilt spread out in a sunny field of wildflowers.
Gardenia: Exotic and a bit sultry, this type often favors saturated colors and sensuous textures, an air of mystery and an Asian flair. You may want to explore brightly-colored brocades and embroidered fabrics, or pieces sewn with tiny mirrors. Image: Moonlight shines through incense smoke onto the silken draperies of an exotic boudoir.
Iris: Meditative and with a deep sense of spirituality, this type often prefers simple, cool-colored clothes that move well, and that impart a sense of ease and serenity. Image: A still pool reflects the misty dawn light; a heron stands quietly nearby.
Poppy: Vibrant and creative, this type is unconventional and even a bit quirky, always ready to explore new things. Choose unusual color combinations, vintage pieces, and clothes inspired by works of art or the cinema. Image: A jazz band plays against the background of a vivid, expressive mural.
Rose: Warm, and with an old-fashioned sense of femininity, this type is often a deep-dyed romantic with a timeless sense of style that never goes out of fashion. Choose classic pieces in warm colors that enhance your womanly curves. Image: A cozy table set for two with candles casting a warm glow on the vase of full-blown roses.
Violet: Sensitive, private, and complex, this type may take a little time to get to know, but she is definitely worth it! Her style tends to be understated but tastefully and quietly elegant. Choose subtle colors and soft fabrics that feel good against your skin. Image: A secret garden at sunset; at the foot of the mossy brick wall, small flowers bloom.