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What Is Your Favorite Flower?

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.



Mary Preston - May 11, 2012 - 4:30 am

I love flowers in general, but roses are rather special.

Marilyn Baron - May 11, 2012 - 7:48 am

I’m like you. It’s hard to choose. I also have knockout and regular red roses, rhododenron, irises and hydrangea in my backyard as well a magnolia tree that is beginning to bloom now. I love whatever is in bloom. Right now the hydrangeas are blooming. My favorite has to be the New Dawn roses. I saw them on a magazine cover and we went down to Hastings and New Dawn roses were growing all over the fences and trellises. We brought a few bushes home. Only one survived but it is doing so well it is spreading all over the place, up a tree, along the fence, everywhere. We brought home some more and they are starting to grow but I doubt they’ll ever be like that first one. The blooms are white with a hint of pink. We also have two wonderful Japanese maple trees that are magnificnet. They don’t bloom but they’re so pretty. The only problem is that blooms don’t last long enough.

Maxine - May 11, 2012 - 8:00 am

Ah, roses. You are so right. They are special.

Maxine - May 11, 2012 - 8:02 am

The flowers sound beautiful. I know your yard is lovely. I will have to check out the New Dawn rose!

Pam Asberry - May 11, 2012 - 8:24 am

I love pink roses, daisies and violets. And dandelions. What does that say about ME? ;-)

Maxine - May 11, 2012 - 11:28 am

Good choices! But dandeloins?? I still love ya anyway!

Linsey Lanier - May 11, 2012 - 5:03 pm

I got number 6 right. We just saw a rerun of You’ve Got Mail. Still makes me cry at the end.

I love all sorts of flowers, Maxine. I’ve lived in various parts of the country, but no place is as beautiful in the spring as Atlanta with its manicured bursts of color everywhere you go.

I think my favorite is red roses. Or yellow ones. Or maybe lilies. Or orchards. (I have rich taste :) ). So Pam likes dandelions? I’d say that says she doesn’t have to cut the grass. :-D

maxine - May 11, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Yay for you! I know I cry at the end, too. I agree w/you – Atlanta. It looks like you like all kinds of flowers :)

Sia Huff - May 11, 2012 - 6:50 pm

Interesting the lanaguage of flowers.
I love a carnations fragrance, star gazers lilies, azeleas and so many others. I haven’t planted much in the yard. Maybe next house.

maxine - May 11, 2012 - 9:26 pm

I didn’t realize carnations had a fragrance. I’ll check it out. I do like the others you nmentioned. Thanks for stopping by.

Tami Brothers - May 12, 2012 - 10:15 pm

Hey Brenda! Sorry I’m late to the party. :)

I honestly don’t have a favorite flower. I do like Honeysuckles and Gardenias for their scent. There are several houses along the path Hubby and I take when walking Princess Bella. I LOVE to breath when we are in that area. I can never get enough breaths because we walk by way toooo fast.

I also love the Five O’Clock (or Four O’Clocks – can’t remember what “time” they are). I love how they open up and show their full blooms in the evenings.

Thanks for sharing all this great info about the flowers. I never really thought about all of them like that. I’ll have to check out each flower when I see it next and compare them to their descriptions. It might help me remember their names the next time I see them.

Thanks for sharing. :)

Tami :alien:

Maxine - May 13, 2012 - 5:37 pm


I am the late one! Thanks so much for stopping by. It is so beautiful out where you walk, the flowers just add to it! P. Bella is lucky!

Sandra Elzie - May 15, 2012 - 8:57 am

Hi Maxine,
Wow, great article. I love the “language” of flowers. I picture myself as a Rose…but hubby said I’m also very often a Violet. Hummm

Personally, I think women are a lovely blend of all…depending on the day and the amount of interruption in her life… and the man she’s married to, if she’s married. All these things weigh into how stressed she feels. So, guess that puts me in a premium position. I’m retired, relaxed, happy, content and my biggest stress is what shoes to wear with which outfit or what to fix for lunch. (I should have tried this retirement thing back in my thirties!!!)

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