My Top Ten Favorite Flowers

July 24, 2017

Hey Friends!

 

Happy Sunday!  hope you all had a lovely weekend!  We kept it pretty low-key around here.  We enjoyed seeing Kiss me Kate at the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale, AR with some friends on Friday and we enjoyed it! I haven't been to many performing arts performances and it inspired me to go and see more!

 

We had dinner at Bocca Italian Eatery + Pizzeria in Fayetteville before and it was delicious!  This used to be the Backyard Burger a few years ago and they really did a great job renovating the space and giving it an upscale dining look and feel. I had the lobster ravioli and Collin had a hand-tossed pizza. All were delicious! Collin and I both worked on Saturday and we hit the hay early last night! Ok enough about our weekend and on to what I want to share with you guys today!

 

For those of you who don't know me I have a borderline obsession with flowers. :)  While flowers offer many benefits to animals and nature I really think God put them on the earth to make people happy. At least the make me happy anyway. I wanted to share my top ten favorite flowers with you guys!  

 

 

 

I successfully planted a peony plant in our last house and it made it! I'm hoping I can be successful again this year with the two I planted in our new house.  I'm also planning to plant some Juliet garden roses too - just need to do my research on the first! In no order here are my top ten favorite blooms! Most of them I can really only enjoy in the Springtime, I love filling our home with fresh blooms weekly!

 

Daffodil 

 

I love that these flowers have long stems with no leaves and a uniquely beautiful bloom with it's white petals and yellow trumpet center.  

  • Gifting a bouquet of daffodils is believed to ensure happiness to the person you gift it to, however it is also believed that presenting a single daffodil means bad luck may be in the future!

  • The daffodil is the national flower of Wales.

  • They're the official 10th wedding anniversary flower.

  • Squirrels won't eat daffodils due to these poisonous crystals — be careful to keep away from dogs, too.

  • Daffodils are surprisingly tolerant of cold, and they're an ideal flower for novice gardeners in most regions of the U.S.

Juliet Garden Rose 

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Oh how I love these roses! This is my next gardening project.  

  • David Austin Juliet Roses stand out above all other roses not only in style but in perfume. 

  • Large, elegant flower heads in the form of deeply cupped rosettes with around 90 petals.

  • Juliet is one of the best-loved and most popular of David Austin's cut roses. 

  • A vase life of 6-7 days.

 

Ranunculus 

 These sweet flowers are some of my favorite at the farmers market every Spring!  We also had them in our wedding flowers and they always bring back such great wedding day memories :)

  • Commonly known as the buttercup, the ranunculus contains over 600 varieties!

  • The ranunculus get it's name from two latin words. "Rana" meaning frog and "unculus" meaning little.  This is assumed as these flowers grow well along streams.

  • Today, the ranunculus flower symbolizes love and attraction for one another. Hence why we had them in our wedding was fitting! :)


Hydrangea

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What I love about hydrangeas is that they grow everywhere and there are so many varieties to choose from! They are great for weddings and events as they are large and cover a lot of ground in large arrangements!

  • They are very thirsty flowers so keep them watered often

  • They are also moderately toxic so be careful when using on wedding cakes and having them around your pets :)

  • The colors of the flowers are affected by the aluminum ions in the soil

Peony 

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These are hands down my number one faves.  These beauties smell so fragrant and I just love the look of their beautiful blooms! What I love most about peonies is that they are regarded as a symbol of good fortune and a happy marriage, which is why I also had the babies in my wedding bouquet as well!  

  • Peony plants can live to be 100 years old.

  • In ancient times peonies were believed to relieve headaches and help with asthma.

 

Tulip

 

 

Tulips always remind me of Easter and I love easter, therefore I love tulips! :) They have such a dainty and delicate look and I love the clean look of their stems and petals. 

  • Their flower buds are known for being almost perfectly symmetrical.

  • In general, tulips are said to symbolize love and signal spring's arrival.

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    Tulips are edible! They can be used to replace onions in many recipes and are even used to make wine

Lilac

 

 

I just love how fragrant Lilacs are!  They smell absolutely amazing! 

  • In the language of flowers, purple lilacs are the symbol of first love

  • Lilacs only flower for about three weeks in the spring.

  • These flowers are also edible

Sunflower

 

Who doesn't love sunflowers?  The are the perfect reminder of summer and fall for me!  

  • The world's tallest sunflower reaches 30ft and 1 inch!

  • It's the only flower with flower in it's name.

  • Sunflowers are the symbol of faith, loyalty and adoration

 

Carnation

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I love the carnation for all of its symbols and it's history. One of the world’s oldest cultivated flowers, the carnation is appreciated for its ruffled appearance, clove-like scent, and extended blooming period.  The carnation’s history dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times, when it was used in art and decor. Christians believe that the first carnation bloomed on earth when Mary wept for Jesus as he carried his cross.  I also love this flower because the white carnation is the Chi Omega flower and I am a Chi Omega alumna.  

 

Probably the thing I love most about the carnation is that when most flowers die their petals fall or wilt.  When a carnation dies it's petals all fold inward.  This symbolizes that in difficult times or times of need that we should rely on one another and lean in on one another for help and comfort.  I've always loved that about this flower and while I feel that now it has become a less popular flower and a very affordable one, it has the most meaning to me. :)

 

Magnolia

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Every time I see magnolias I always think of the South!  It is the Mississippi state flower! My mother's side of the family is from Mississippi and it's always where my parents met, both went to college, and got married! We love Mississippi :) I also love magnolia leaves!  Save them up and preserve them and you can make yourself a wreath out of them. I think you can use magnolia leaves year round! 

 

  • White magnolias are commonly seen in bridal bouquets because the flowers are thought to reflect and emphasize the bride's purity and nobility

  • Magnolias symbolized dignity and nobility

 

Well there is my list! There are some pretty fun facts in there and I always love learning something new each time I come across a flower that I haven't heard of before.  I always love talking to the flower vendors at the farmer's market and learning all about which flowers they have each time I go.  Are any of these flowers some of your favorites too? Should I add any to my list?  

 

I'd love to hear from you!! Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great week! 

 

++Cheers!

 

Stephanie Grace Benton

 

 

 

 

 

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