I have been a massive fan of flowers all my life. From big gardens to tiny bunches, huge florists arrangements to eggcups with a child’s posy in – I love all flowers, any flowers. Over the weekend, sitting looking at everything finally starting to turn green in the garden, I was reflecting on which flowers would be in my all time top ten if I was asked. Well, here are my top ten… what are your favourites – and why?
Number One – Hellebores
Hellebores (or Christmas Roses) in all colours there are dozens of varieties both single and double in my garden – I just love them!
Number Two – Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas, pink, blue or white! I love the possibilities of hydrangeas, you can press them, dry them, preserve them – all sorts of things and hung up in the spare room and then sprayed gold for Christmas – gorgeous!
Number Three – Old Fashioned English Roses
Old fashioned English roses – beautiful, beautiful flowers to look at and I love them whether they are on a bush in the garden or in an arrangement in the house.
Number Four – Snowdrops
Snowdrops – they are so pretty to look at but they cheer me up the minute any appear in the garden.
Number Five – Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom – I know this is a tree and not a plant but I hope it counts – we have a huge cherry tree just outside my bathroom window and I just love the mass of white blossom in the spring.
Number Six – Lily of the Valley
Lily of the valley – oh that perfume, so wonderful and such a delicate pretty little flower.
Number Seven – Common Daisies
Happy memories of daisy chains and lovely lawns, picnics and sunshine – it was sunny during the summer months then, wasn’t it?
Number Eight – Water Lilies
Water lilies – because my dream would be to have a large pond in the garden with stunning water lilies – they are just magnificent.
Number Nine – Violets
These flowers always remind me of my Mother, as we were given little posies of violets in church when I was a child to take home to our mothers… and they are a favourite of hers!
Number Ten – Agapanthus
This one sneaks in at number ten because whenever I see them, it reminds me of my sister and seeing them grow wild in the Channel Islands where she lives.