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Flowers we don't like?

artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

Had a belated birthday party yesterday and lots of people brought cut flowers or flowering houseplants. As I was arranging them this morning and thinking how happy I am to be surrounded by flowers, I wondered if there were any flowers that I wouldn't want in the house. I know the French associate chrisanths with funerals and I suppose we connect arum lilies with death, but the only ones I could think of are those weird gerbera type flowers that look as if they have been artificially coloured. imageHow do the rest of you feel about cut flowers?



  • kerrikerri Posts: 20

    i think of cut chrisanths as garage flowers and wouldnt choose them for my house but saying that i have them in the garden and i love all types of lilies as cut flowers, im not a massive fan of hyacinths either 

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    kerri, is it the scent of hyacinths that you don't like?

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,136

    I'm not a fan of cut flowers at all except sweet peas if I grow them. I prefer my flowers live and growing outside.   Also, in the past, kittens and young cats have always seen flowers in vases as toys with ensuing watery accidents.   Much rather have healthy house plants indoors and flowers outside.

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  • Can't stand Calla lillies, I associate those with funerals (and can't understand why so many brides have nothing but a bunch of death flowers in their photos).

    All other lillies are fine, but I do prefer them growing outside where I can enjoy them for longer.

  • kerrikerri Posts: 20
    For me i think of the hyacinth as an ugly flower the smell is lovely but not enough
  • DaisydayDaisyday Posts: 373

    I'm not a massive fan of lilies, especially those with staining pollen. If I am brought any they have to go in the porch as I'm allergic to their heady scent.

  • Not a huge fan of cut flowers either - I prefer mine growing in the garden, On the rare occasion OH buys me some though they do acquire a certain charm image

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,894
    I couldn't stand the smell of the Paper white dafs.I put the outside.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    I grow some flowers in pots just to cut, it's nice to bring the great outdoors in, especially if it's a summer like last year. A vase of flowers on the dining room table is a permanent feature, it's just so up lifting especially in the winter months.

    The least favourite from the one's which I grow and cut are probably sweet pea, me thinks they are best left in the garden, they're grown as companions amongst the beans and pea's and put on a fabulous display but need to be picked to prevent them going to seed, they look sad in a vase, as I like lilles, gladioli, daffs, tulips, blue bells, whatever's in season and these are cut for their visual appearance yet sweet pea gives off a terrific aroma.

  • I quite agree, Lyn!  Scented plants are better in the garden as they are rather heavy and overpowering in the house. I love cut flowers, but wouldn't cut any from my garden because they last so much longer attached to the plant! Bought bouquets are great, better than the finest man-made ornaments, though I don't like dahlias as cut flowers very much; they look oddly crude and earwigs are liable to crawl out of them.

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