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Alice’s Favorite Flower

Written by: Alice Lucas, intern

Hi flower readers! My name is Alice. I’m currently working at the magazine as the summer photography intern and learning so much about flowers! I am going to take you through a trip down memory lane to tell you about my favorite flower. Do you remember things from when you were little and how special they made you feel? Well, that is how I came to love roses.

When I was a little girl, my family had a rose garden right outside my bedroom window. On the weekends my dad would water and trim the roses, and sometimes my brother, sister, and I would help. After watering, we would go through every bush and pick some roses to cut, and my dad would always remind me to watch out for the thorns.  Inside the house, my mom would put out different vases for us to choose from so that we could put arrangements in my sister’s room, my room, and around the house. She always let my sister and I choose which roses/colors we wanted in our arrangements, and most of the time I chose pink. Back then, it was my favorite color, and now, I still really love pink roses.

Years later, when I was a sophomore in high school, one of my friends received a bouquet of roses that were pink. When I saw the bouquet, I noticed all of the roses were dying except one. I took a picture of it, and it’s been one of my favorite pictures ever since.

Photo Credit: Alice Lucas

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Jordan’s Favorite Flower

Written by: Jordan Staggs, intern

via flower Winter 2007 issue

If I recall correctly, I’ve always had a pretty eccentric sense of style. I don’t mean weird, although sometimes maybe my fashion choices have been a little out there; I only mean I’m attracted to a great variety of styles. One day I might go hippie-chic with a flowy, beaded skirt and vintage graphic tee, and the next I could be preppy in Ralph Lauren or sporty with my Nike shorts. You never know. I’m a fashion ninja.

I didn’t do it on purpose, but I think I chose a favorite flower that represents who I am in an almost eerie way. I was always attracted to orchids in design, even before I knew what they were. A self-proclaimed HGTV junkie, my design style varies as much as my clothing—modern, classic, chic, or whimsical. I love how orchids can fit in anywhere! They come in hundreds of colors; some with spots, some with stripes, some two-toned, some in colors I never even knew existed.

Another thing that intrigues me about these exotic, beautiful plants is the way they grow, in nature or in the home, with roots exposed to gather moisture from the humid environments in which they thrive (not unlike the Southeast US). Some even grow upside down, hanging from trees or rocks. How cool is that? I like to think I’m that way, putting myself out there for who I am and not trying to be, as Mr. Caulfield might say, “a phony.” I don’t like to be tied down to one thing or one place, like a plant stuck with its roots buried in the earth. I also love the aesthetic beauty of an orchid in a clear container full of coal or smooth stones—so much more interesting to me than a clump of dirt!

Orchids are just so zen and calming. I can picture myself one day, walking into my totally-overpriced-but-completely-fabulous New York loft, a potted phalaenopsis orchid—maybe white, maybe purple or jade green—lounging elegantly in its perch on my coffee table, gently bowed over a stack of magazines (including flower, of course!) and some well-placed trinkets. I’ll kick off my high heels and sink into the chic white sofa, mirroring my favorite flower as I relax after a long day of work.

Ahhh, perfect.

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Katherine’s Favorite Flower

Written by: Katherine Perry, Intern

Photo Credit: Edward Badham

As a new flower girl, I have been tasked with describing my favorite flower—an assignment that has proven difficult, as it required me to actually identify a favorite and claim it as my own.  I have recently come to flower after a stint in the world of finance.  Aching for a change of pace and purpose, I was drawn to the magazine because of its beauty, the richness of its content, and because it began to unearth my own love for flowers and my desire to learn more.  While settling into life here at the “international headquarters,” I have encountered a plethora of unfamiliar flowers and beautiful new varieties of old favorites.  Choosing a single type of flower that I find more inspiring than the rest has been both fun and challenging.

Through much thought and browsing of flower’s extensive collection of floral books, I was continuously drawn to the lily.  The lily is a flower of simple lines—clean, elegant, but not boring or stuffy.  Thought to represent purity and refined beauty, the lily has a rich history steeped in mythology and symbolism.  I love the classic shape of the lily, its range of appearances, sweet fragrance, and timeless beauty.  Most impressive, however, is the versatility of this flower.  Despite its delicate appearance the lily is a hardy plant, adapting to a range of environments, with varieties blooming throughout the year.  The lily shines in floral arrangements, but its care is not beyond the ability of the most amateur gardener.  The lily is lovely, but not fussy – beautiful, yet practical…I appreciate that in a flower!

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Mary’s Favorite Flower

Written by: Mary Carpenter, intern

Photo Credit: Jason Wallis

Although I was raised by a mother who is a flower advocate, and live in a state known for Barnsley Gardens and the annual Southeastern Flower Show, I, sadly, hardly knew the difference between a rose and a peony before I came to intern at flower.  When asked what my favorite flower was, I used to choose the red carnation because I liked the fluffiness of the flower, and I also knew they’re dead cheap. I never really cared for or noticed the intricate details of flowers. However, my horizons have been broadened since working here and my favorite flower has since changed.

While researching many different blooms for an upcoming project for flower, I’ve learned more about the multifaceted sides of flowers, and I have come to love the ranunculus the most. My favorites are yellow and orange because they are bright and cheerful, able to put anyone in a happy mood. Their size is just as perfect, opening and blooming to their fullest with so many layers. These flowers give much light and are beautiful in any purpose.

I can’t wait for this spring to pick some up and have them welcome me home everyday!

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Liz’s Favorite Flower

Written by: Liz Major, flower Intern

Photo credit: Eric Holsomback

My favorite flower is the daisy. My childhood was filled with flowers, and as much as I would like to paint the picture of a young hippie child running free in an overgrown pasture filled with wildflowers and making daisy chains while watching the clouds float by, my childhood was a little more structured than that. There was a pasture filled with wildflowers nearby, but I spent more time in the perfectly planned and stunningly beautiful Southern garden constructed by my grandmother’s hands. I also spent lots of my flower time surrounded by beautiful arrangements that were put together for any number of rational reasons: a special dinner or luncheon, decorations for a fancy party, as a “thank you”, as a gift, or just as a “thinking about you” notion.

So if I was around all this floral structure, how can the daisy be my favorite flower? Quite simple—it looks wild, but it isn’t. Whenever I see a daisy I think, ‘Now that’s a flower with a story to tell.’ They are so open and innocent, but dig a little deeper and you could find one with a spotty past and a few secrets to tell. I love the way daisies look in a vase by themselves—so proud, but a little uncomfortable with having all the attention. Put daisies in an arrangement with some roses or tulips, and sit back and note how the daisies make those prominent flowers pop even more.

As put so perfectly by You’ve Got Mail’s Kathleen Kelly, “They’re so friendly. Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?” Why yes, yes I do.

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Melissa’s Favorite Flower

As far back as I can remember, tulips have been my favorite flowers.

Tulip

Courtesy of Barnsley Gardens

Everything about them is intriguing and beautiful—the tightly closed buds that bob on bowed stems; how they spring seemingly on cue from the thawing earth where they’ve been resting all winter long; the wave-like pattern a bank of tulips creates, undulating as one towards the sun; and, even as they wilt, the still-lovely shapes that form as their stems give way to gravity and their petals curl back like opened arms. Mike Dash, in his book Tulipomania, shares this quote:

“The tulip, the French horticulturalist Monstereul wrote, was supreme among flowers in the same way that humans were lords of the animals, diamonds eclipsed all other precious stones, and the sun ruled the stars.”

Since I began to work at flower magazine, I’ve met other varieties—Parrot, French, fringed—that have awed me anew at this simple flower’s beguiling appearance and solidified my love.

I agree with the Persian poets, and others, that the red tulip symbolizes love, deep and passionate, eternal. One look down into a fiery red tulip with its brilliant ring of yellow-gold surrounding a bottomless black center and you can see why the Dutch went mad for this flower.

Frenchman Sir John Chardin, in his “Travels in Persia” written in the 17th century, said it most poetically: “When a young man presents one to his mistress, he wants her to understand by the general color of the flower that he is on fire with her beauty, and by the black base of it that his heart is burnt to a coal.”


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Loyal Lover of the Yellow Rose

Written by: Margaret Pless, summer intern

Perhaps an interest in flowers is genetic. I come from a mother who treasures her gardenia bushes and their blossoms like some women treasure fine jewelry.  My father planted an olive tree in the smack middle of our backyard. I’m not sure whether it was the barrage of kickballs or the Alabama humidity, but the olive tree never really prospered. My parents’ garden, however, abounded with both the beautiful and the useful, from mint and rosemary, to lamb’s ear, irises and gladiolus.

 But I am hopeful that a knowledge and enjoyment of flowers is not just genetic but acquired. I have had little experience with flowers in my twenty years. But as a lover of art and of the aesthetically pleasing aspects of life, I am confident that my love for flowers will only grow as I am surrounded by them here at flower magazine this summer. As a rising senior at Vanderbilt with a hodgepodge of majors and minors in English, History, and Art History, I am thrilled to add flowers to my ever-growing (hopefully forever growing) list of interests.

From childhood, my favorite flower has always been a yellow rose. I remember stopping by the Birmingham Botanical Garden with my mom in the late spring when the rose garden was coming to life. The red roses always seemed too cliché for my cynical taste; pink, too, was overdone. And so I gravitated towards the brightest, fattest, most vivacious rose in the garden: a yellow one. I have loyally loved yellow roses ever since. 

Courtesy of Barnsley Gardens

Courtesy of Barnsley Gardens

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