questionswhat is your favorite type/s of flowers?

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Red and white carnations with baby's breath and bakers fern. I forgot to have kids so maybe my spouse will get me some from the cats...

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I like almost any spring flower, probably because after a nasty midwest winter they are a most welcome sight.

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My favorite flower would have to be dark red roses, particularly the Hybrid Tea Inkspots, or any multicolored rose with a heavy perfume. I also love Sunflowers, Plumeria, Aristolochia Elegans, Orchids and Stephanotis.

My GF loves Tiger Lilies and Narcissus as well as Orchids, Roses, and Irises.

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Hyacinths, and yellow & white daisies.

Wacha getting your mommy?

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My favorite mother's day gift was a heart in the shape of a rock, on which my daughter had painted "I love you" (she was five). It's still a prized possession of course.

There's always the miraculous item that I saw in one of @catbertthegreat's deals:

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/9aaca6a6-1a17-4437-9c11-e832ea8ab81f/natural-flower-necklace-thai-sun-by-danai

Chrysanthemums are always such a spiritual flower, in any case.

I would say that my favorite flower was probably an Iris, particularly the bearded variety. One of my favorite irises is the Beverly Sills, with sweet shades of pink and gold, and a huge bloom

[Edit] Yes, I reconsidered some of what I'd said.

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Goodness, I just thought of another flower. Sweet Alyssum. The heavenly scent of that outside the door, in the morning, when the sun first strikes it, sets the tone for the day. They reseed themselves in the garden beds, and are well on their way this spring.

Lilacs. Who can resist them? Then there are all the fruit tree blossoms, which are just getting into full bloom now. My crabapple tree is almost ready; I can see the magenta hints of the buds about to spring open.

Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, linaria, sweet peas, the list is endless. I suspect there are very few flowers that aren't my favorites.

[Edit] @prettywootprincess: It's amusing that you name purple roses. Nearly all purple roses have excellent scents (there are roses that have little, or none). Wish I could send you some from my garden. My current favorite is Ebb Tide.

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I've never met a flower I didn't like.

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My favorite flower would have to be snapdragons. They're fun to play with. :)

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Roses, lilac coloured are my favorite, I even have a rose bush of this variety at my home carefully tended because they are so tender. But really I like any flower that has a lovely scent.

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One of my friends got a Venus fly-trap from his wife. He really enjoyed it.

I know nothing about flowers. I go to the florist in my area and ask them to make me a bouquet for the table and then pay for it. This thread really helps me figure things out.

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@duckcake: Oh, yes, little finger puppets. You can make little dancing dollies out of four o'clocks, too. You can use the leaves of nasturtiums as a tasty green.

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My girlfriend loves pink gerbera daisies. I really don't have a favorite, but I do love the smell of lilacs.

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I like daisies. All the different colored gerberas as well as the plain old white with yellow center. They always seem like happy flowers.

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@sgoman5674: My 3 cats were all rescues who were near feral. They eat little meeses and voles, and leave the feet and guts on the sidewalk for me to demonstrate their prowess and reward me for the homage I pay them. Unfortunately, they occasionally also leave me little bunnies - no treats that day!
The deer eat my flowers - almost everything I have tried in the last 20 years feeds the deer unless it is actually on my deck.

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@sand4me: Four O'Clocks. Deer do not eat them. There are others, but I know that there are very few things that will nibble on these. If you have shady areas, you might also consider Monkshood (aka Aconitum), but please exercise caution in handling, especially the root (it's mildly poisonous, but really very lovely).

[Edit] Oh, crap, I forgot. I have a built up immunity from handling. Very poisonous (not mildly).

http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/projects/poison/plants/ppmonks.htm

Still, if you don't have children, this one is deer proof, and it's very pretty, especially in mid-summer, with all the blooms, and the dark leaves.

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@faughtey: I've never met a flower I didn't like.

Ditto.

But I especially love:
lilacs, any damask scented rose, lilies, 9 o'clocks (they are so much fun to watch open), sunflowers, violets (I hated mowing them), bleeding hearts, hyacinths, crocus (yay end of winter!), lavender, azalias, and anything given to me by my daughter. :)

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@attilathemom: 9 o'clock? What's a 9 o'clock?

When I google, I think you are speaking of a flower I'd call a moss rose. Do the leaves look like the leaves on these flowers?

http://www.agnesdiary.com/2009/06/9-oclock-flowers-or-moss-rose.html

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@attilathemom: aren't those portulaca? I plant those in my railing boxes every year - they are so pretty.
I really wish lilacs would grow here but no luck with them. However, I have huge camellia bushes and azaleas (the deer really like the azaleas, too) and three dogwood trees that are spectacular.

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I got excited this morning coming into the City. The Azeleas are blooming and while they have a smell - I was sad, it means mine will bloom next week. I was looking at the buds on them last night. This year will be a huge bloom, and there will be no freezing frost afterwards to kill the flowers they are going to look amazing my yard is going to looking amazing, after four years you all do not really realize how excited I am.

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lilies easy to grow some smell others do not

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@pyxientx: I like plastic ones as well. They don't die on me.

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I am with the all of them posters. BUT, I have a special fondness for the stargazer lily. I even named a kid after them.

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@erikadyscern: Did you name your kid stargazer or lily?

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@catbertthegreat I went with Lily. I actually did think about stargazer Lily but that sounded more hippy than I actually am. We also have American Girl dolls named Iris, Dahlia, and Rose. (And now everyone knows why I wasn't so worried about @anotherhiggins stalking me yesterday in my @ thread. My life is that boring.)

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@shrdlu: Went to both garden centers and Home Depot - no Four O'Clocks to be found. I guess I could order some seeds and try that although my success rate from seeds is usually only good with marigolds. Will stay away from the poisonous stuff, thanks anyway. If something is going to cause a rash or other problem, it will happen to me. Doomed, I say....

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@sand4me: The poisonous nature of aconitum is vastly overstated. I will point out that I'm still here and kicking. You don't have kids, and you're not planning on putting the roots or leaves in your mouth. It's pretty much deer proof.

Four o'clocks are way easy to start from seed. Best thing is that they'll make a bunch more, and you'll have a ton of them. They're a US native, too, unlike many of the flowers in our gardens.

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@shrdlu: @sand4me:

My mom calls them 9 o'clocks or evening primrose. http://www.herbalextractsplus.com/evening-primrose.cfm
They are a hoot to watch open. We'd make some tea, go outside about 9pm and chat while we waited for the blooms to open. First the stem starts to quiver, then it shakes harder and then Pop! it opens. :)

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@attilathemom: The name is probably regional. I've heard four o'clocks called by other names, and it really startled me. Primrose makes sense. They open around twilight, when there's still enough light to see, and and they are so lovely. I don't have good luck with them; never had.

I think someone else had referred to them Portulaca, but that name belongs to the moss rose I'd mentioned (Portulaca Grandiflora). Nine O'Clocks. I learned something today, then.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca

I have to agree with @faughtey all over again. I never saw a flower I didn't like.