Happy Friday to All! Three cheers for the weekend!! It's supposed to be beautiful weather here this weekend (60* on Sunday!) so I'm beyond thrilled. My hubby and I were already talking plans about getting out the deck furniture - a true sign of Spring.
I thought for Five on Friday today I would share my 5 favorite flowers and why. I don't know that I've ever met a flower I don't like - but I do have a few that are my very favorite, each for different reasons. So here they are:
My number 1 favorite flower would have to be the rose.
And specifically the red rose. It's such a romantic flower to me. So beautiful, fragrant and timeless. My hubby has always sent me red roses for special occasions in the years we've been together. And as you can see my wedding bouquet was red velvet roses, white lilies and holly. (We were married right after Christmas). So red roses to me = LOVE.
As you can see, all of my bridesmaids had smaller versions of my bouquet too and wore dark green velvet. I guess velvet was the Christmas time thing to wear back in the 90's. Lol So yes, red roses are #1 to me.
I also love lilacs! I don't know if there's a more beautiful smell in the world than the fragrance of lilacs. They're definitely my favorite for that.
These are from a lilac bush at my in-law's house. I don't have my own lilac bush, but need to change that sometime soon! So I grab bouquets from them every year.
Here's that new back hallway again - but I put out my silk lilacs for Spring. Will replace with real ones once they bloom!
Next I would have to say I love hydrangeas. I love a lot of these old fashioned, or I like to say, timeless flowers. I use hydrangeas a lot in my decorating with dried or silk flowers.
I love them in every color! I have a hydrangea shrub, but it's never bloomed since the first year I planted it - no matter how I try to make the soil acidic or other ways of taking care of it. The leaves come in, but the flowers won't bloom. May need to think about transplanting it to a better spot this Spring.
I would say next that I love peonies!! I think they are such a gorgeous big puffball of a flower. Just love their big cream puff shape. They are also timeless to me and just gorgeous in general.
These pics of peonies are from my mom-in-law's house. When she was still able to garden, she transplanted these from another house to her current house, and they've been growing beautifully ever since along their fence. I steal a few each year to put in my kitchen window. I just love the color of her peonies. SOOOO pretty.
Lastly, I would say I love the fuschia and begonia equally. They both remind me of my Grandma - who always had both of these flowers out by her feeders for the hummingbirds. They will forever remind me of her so I have some of these around my home every summer.
fuschia in our well in the backyard
begonia in my kitchen window right now
I have to share a few "honorable mentions" though, as it was hard to come up with just a top 5. I also love wildflowers so much and pick little bouquets from my back yard every summer. I especially love daisies because my Mom has always loved them. But I have wild buttercups, Indian paintbrush and Queen Anne's lace as well.
one of my wildflower bouquets from last year
Of course I need to mention tulips and daffodils for being the first to greet the Spring and make me so happy! And I love hanging baskets of flowers and putting them around my house:
Hanging flowers on the deck. Also our firepit on our deck last summer (can't wait to be sitting by this again soon!!)