The Prettiest Flowers
With Spring upon us (and pollen all over us!) - Flowers are beginning to bloom.
Flowers have always been associated with innocent, love, charity, virtue, and even death. But most importantly, flowers are associated often with beauty. They represent what is attractive in nature, and are often given as a symbol of love and admiration in honor of beauty.
Of course, the question of which flowers are the prettiest is purely a subjective one - but everyone has their favorites.
Here, in no particular order, are what I consider to be some of the most magnificent flowers in nature - a few classic favorites, a few unique beauties, and perhaps even a few surprise contenders!
These are a childhood favorite of mine. I always thought these flowers looked like little bursts of fire on a stem.
With blazing colors of reds, oranges, and bright yellows, Marigolds are fierce, cheerful flowers. These flowers have flat, round heads that bloom into lacy, feathery petals. While some species, such as the one shown to the right, are more orange and red in color, the most typical variety of Marigolds are golden yellow and a little fluffier in shape.
Not only are Marigolds visually appealing, but they are easy to care for (an added bonus for those of us who love flowers but can't seem to keep them alive for very long...)
The Rocky Mountain Columbine
I remember the first time I saw a Rocky Mountain Columbine when I was visiting relatives out West. I was immediately taken by this delicate flower and it's simple, uncomplicated beauty. It's long, slender stem and blue-white petals make it by far one of the prettiest wildflowers known to man.
The Rocky Mountain Columbine - the state flower of Colorado, blooms in multiple pastel shades of blue, violet, red, yellow and white, although it is most commonly found in a white and pale lavender-blue shade.
Because this flower is protected by law, it is illegal to uproot this flower, making it a flower that must be enjoyed in it's natural habitat rather than in a bouquet.
Lily of the Valley
The first time I saw Lily of the Valley, I was at my Aunt's wedding. These dainty little blooms have always been connected to the idea of innocence and femininity. With a strong, sweet fragrance, these are the most beautiful within the lily family.
These small, upside-down cup-shaped blooms are delicate and dramatic at the same time. They are often incorporated into bouquets and flower arrangements - Kate Middleton had a bouquet made primarily of Lily of the Valley at her royal wedding last year.
These flowers are grown in gardens and greenhouses around the world, but have also been known to pop up along roadsides and in the open woods - making a surprising appearance of beauty in unexpected places. Just watch out - these flowers are dangerously beautiful, as the petals and leaves are poisonous when ingested!
White Egret Orchid
The White Egret Orchid is one of the world's most unique and exotic flowers. It grows indigenously on Japanese rice fields, making it unique and rare.
The flowers petals split off to the side, giving the illusion of a bird's wings. The tips of these petals are also fringed, enhancing this bird-like image with a feathery feel. This amazing flower looks unmistakably similar to a flying bird (although I have always seen it as more of a dove than an egret.
Because these blossoms are so rare, they are also very expensive. They also requite a lot of hard work and care, but these beautiful flowers are well worth the work.
Tulips are my mother's favorite flower. Considered one of the most simply beautiful flowers in the world, these flowers are famous in areas such as Holland, where fields of these beautiful bulbs are planted, visited, and photographed each year.
Luckily, Tulips are sometimes also referred to as "The Prettiest Low Maintenance Flower." They are Perennials, and they grow back year after year if you plant them in your yard. These spring flowers are elegant and simple, but they really know how to brighten a room.
My absolute favorite flower is the Calla Lily. These flowers are arguably one of the most elegant species known to mankind. Strangely enough, they do not belong to the lily family.
Their large, waxy leaves, thick stems, and creamy white petals are iconic and simple, while striking. They have a silky trumpet shape, and they are simply stunning.
A bouquet of Calla Lilies is sure to please! I have my heart set on a gathered bouquet of Calla Lilies for my wedding day, someday!
Poppies are my second-favorite flowers. These romantic blooms are wide, with crepe-paper petals. As a child, I always thought of pale pink cupcake liners, crinkled up and stuck on long elegant stems.
Part of the romance of the Poppy is that it only endures for a week or two before it begins to die. Luckily, these oriental Poppies bloom faithfully year after year once they have been planted
Are your favorite flowers here? Which flowers are your favorites?