Do you have a Favourite Flower?

In 2017 Monarch Airlines conducted a poll of 2000 people to discover Britain’s favourite flowers. Not surprisingly, Roses topped the poll, given the association of the flower with love and romance. The Rose was also a powerful symbol in British History, red  or white roses being chosen by the aristocracy to show support for either  the House of Lancaster ( the red rose) or the House of York (the white rose) after which was conducted the Wars of the Roses!

The list produced by Monarch Airlines and reported in the Mirror named Britain’s  thirty favourite flowers chosen in the poll.  In order these were:- Roses, Lilies, Tulips, Daffodils, Sunflower, Orchid, Carnation, Blue Bell, Freesia, Poppy, Sweetpea, Snowdrops, Lilly of the Valley, Gerbera, Peony, Dahlia, Daisy, Foxglove, Magnolia, Iris, Forget-me-not, Violets, Chrysanthemum, Lilac, Snapdragon, Lupin, Hyacinth, Dandelion, Hydrangea.

I was surprised to see Lilies in second place, as they are associated with solemn funeral occasions and flowers generally are associated with happiness and lifting of the spirits.

I decided to make my own list and see how far it agrees with Monarch’s list.  My favourite flowers are Freesias, which came ninth in the poll. I like the delicate structure and variety of colours, perfection in miniature form. There are only twenty two flowers in my list, which are in order:- Freesias, Roses, Carnations, Daffodils, Sunflowers, Poppies, Bluebells, Dahlia, Daisies, Iris, Forget-me-nots, Sweet William, cherry blossom, Violets, Primroses, Dandelions, Snowdrops, Sweet Peas, Tulips, Orchids, Magnolia, Lily of the Valley.

Dandelions appear both in the poll and in my list. The nation loves them, despite their status as weeds.
Sweet Williams, Primroses and cherry blossom do not appear in the Monarch poll. Cherry blossom, although not strictly a flower,  is celebrated in Spring in Japan.
Some flowers in the poll are not on my list, but the only flower I really dislike is the Hydrangea! The flowers are so big and clumsy, show so little imagination and remind me of cauliflowers, but  for sure, everyone has individual tastes.
Fortunately, the number and variety of flowers means that there enough to suit everybody.


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