Challenge to Write Day 5: What is one of your favorite flowers?
In case you hadn’t noticed the absence of a “gardening” section of this website, I’ll just come right out and say it—“I am not a gardener.” I am making an attempt with some herbs and vegetables this year, mostly due to peer pressure, but this is an area where I have virtually no knowledge.
So, when I had to choose a favorite flower for today’s “Challenge to Write” theme, I really only had about 10 to choose from since that’s how many I can identify. For the record these were: rose, tulip, daisy, chrysanthemum, daffodil, lily, orchid, carnation, pansy, and gardenia.
Although I admire the rose, beautiful but possesses the ability to make you bleed, memories of trimming rose bushes and walking away the loser of the battle prompted me to cross it off the list.
And while I celebrate the appearance of daffodils and tulips each Spring, they give up too soon to earn my respect. I require a flower with some resilience!
I just don’t find daisies or carnations visually appealing, perhaps because teenage boys can afford to buy them for their prom dates. Apparently, I’m a snob.
In contrast, I find lilies and orchids quite beautiful (oh yeah, and expensive) but I consider them Asian and thus, for personal reasons, I must reject them.
Before you get too offended at my blatant racism, let me explain. I AM Asian. My mother is Filipino so I am half-Asian. However, somehow I got a bunch of other genes from my dad so I’m taller than all of my Filipino relatives, and consequently kinda large for an Asian.
I’ve been trying to sell myself as Latin because I make a thin Latina. So, if you’re going to hate me, hate me for my vanity, not racism (unless you perceive my whole viewpoint as racist AND vain, then you can hate me for both reasons).
Yes, several paragraphs later I am finally going to answer the simple question of my favorite flower. The gardenia! Pretty, smells great, can grow in a small pot, and has staying power as a plant, even when the flowers shrivel up.
So after I chose my favorite flower, I wanted to know what my choice says about me. If it’s the favorite flower of psychopaths, I was going to choose something else and never let you know. Since your favorite may not be the gardenia, I’ll give you the full list of the psychology of flowers.
Amaryllis = splendid beauty
Aster = patience and a love of variety
Bird of Paradise = joyfulness and magnificence
Calla Lily = Magnificence and beauty, refined with high standards
Carnation = Traditional and down-to-earth
Chrysanthemum = Fidelity and optimism
Daffodil = Chivalry
Daisy = Innocence and purity, optimism
Delphinium = Fun and levity
Freesia = Innocence and thoughfulness
Gardenia = Purity and sweetness
Gladiolus = Strength of character and honor
Hyacinth = Playfulness and sporty attitude
Hydrangea = Heartfelt emotions
Iris = Eloquence, creative and imaginative
Lilac = Youthful innocence and confidence
Lily = Sensuous and generous, commanding but nurturing
Orchid = Exotic beauty, tenacious
Peony = Bashfulness and compassion
Rose = Love, romance and passion
Snapdragon = Graciousness and strength
Sunflower = Pure thoughts and dedication, bold and outspoken
Sweet Pea = Bliss
Tulip = Perfect love, easy going and competent
Here’s another interesting fact I learned:
According to a Rutgers study, flowers have an immediate, positive AND a long-term positive effect on moods. They can reduce depression, anxiety and agitation resulting in greater joy and satisfaction. Here’s a link to the study if you want to check it out for yourself: An Environmental Approach to Positive Emotion.
What’s your favorite flower? Do you agree that its meaning is symbolic of your personality?