Three Favourite Flowers

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » September 25th, 2020, 4:39 pm

I was trying to think of my three favourite flowers. (There’s more to me than beer, pretzels and Librivox, y’see. :wink: )

Number 1 would have to be the Waratah, the official flower of my home state of New South Wales. It’s a red flower (example here: http://anpsa.org.au/waratah2.html), but very, very occasionally out in the Bush, you will see an albino Waratah like the one seen here: https://m.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/sensitive-waratahs-love-some-shelter-from-the-afte/3011061/ There is an Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime legend that once all Waratahs were white like this. This is the story of how the White Waratah became red: https://dreamtime.net.au/waratah/

Number 2 favourite flower is the 1945 Peace Rose. Had one in our garden growing up, and recently planted another one which is in flower right now. The Peace Rose has a back-story to it too ... https://www.gardenia.net/plant/rosa-peace

For my number three favourite flower, I rather think that I’d like people from around the world to convince me what it should be. :D

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Post by mightyfelix » September 25th, 2020, 8:34 pm

I'm not necessarily setting out to convince anyone, but personally, my favorite flowers are daisies. In particular, this tiny, unassuming, ubiquitous flower which I've always called a daisy, but have just learned (through searching Google images) is actually called false garlic or crow poison: http://mowildflowers.net/False-Garlic-Nothoscordum-bivalve_p_31.html (But I'm going to continue to call them daisies when I see them blooming in spring and fall. :mrgreen: )

I have always had a love for the underdog, for the one who is ignored, shoved aside, passed over. I prefer Luigi to Mario, Daffy to Bugs, the wallflower to the crowd favorite. And I think that is why daisies (and even more so, these tiny not-daisies that I see everywhere) have a special place in my heart. They are beautiful but largely unnoticed. They don't put themselves forward, they just quietly sit in the fields and the yards and the long stretches of grass along the highways, just being.

In chapter 3 of George MacDonald's Phantastes, the narrator and main character, Anodos, encounters a variety of flower fairies in a lovely garden. He closes the chapter with these words:
But I will not linger to enlarge on the amusing display of these frolicsome creatures. Their manners and habits are now so well known to the world, having been so often described by eyewitnesses, that it would be only indulging self-conceit, to add my account in full to the rest. I cannot help wishing, however, that my readers could see them for themselves. Especially do I desire that they should see the fairy of the daisy; a little, chubby, round-eyed child, with such innocent trust in his look! Even the most mischievous of the fairies would not tease him, although he did not belong to their set at all, but was quite a little country bumpkin. He wandered about alone, and looked at everything, with his hands in his little pockets, and a white night-cap on, the darling! He was not so beautiful as many other wild flowers I saw afterwards, but so dear and loving in his looks and little confident ways.

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Post by Scarbo » September 26th, 2020, 5:05 pm

I love the color gradient of that Peace Rose!

"Daisy" is such a nicer name than "false garlic" or "crow poison." :lol:

I'm not sure about a third, but my first and second favorites are snapdragons (because you can make them talk) and pansies.

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Post by CSCO » September 27th, 2020, 9:11 am

The third is Cherry Blossoms. Its beauty alarms us. So, Kajii Motojirou (梶井 基次郎), a Japanese novelist, wrote that a body is burried under a cherry tree. That is a poetic view.

The second is Dandelion. It is humble. In spring, it flowers here, there, and everywhere. You must still like blowing at it. So, the old is better than the young and new.

The first is the walking flower in my mind and heart. Chick, that's you.
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Post by CSCO » October 2nd, 2020, 9:34 am

Barbara2-san is missing...

I love those too, Barbara2-san.


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No way. He stole away a pretty thing, you know.
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Post by barbara2 » October 2nd, 2020, 3:07 pm

CSCO wrote:
October 2nd, 2020, 9:34 am
Barbara2-san is missing...

I love those too, Barbara2-san.


Mossphloxing Heights (400,000 roots):
http://www.chausuyama.jp/toprecruit/2017042711042264.html
Yes, CSCO. I deleted my post as I'd misunderstood SoE's question.

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Post by CSCO » October 2nd, 2020, 10:47 pm

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No way. He stole away a pretty thing, you know.
That's your heart.
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Post by KevinS » October 5th, 2020, 1:48 pm

I will have to think about this a bit. It's not an easy question.

I can say, however, that I like dandelions more than do my neighbors.
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