Favorite Flowers – Nymphaeaceae – The Water Lily

Water lilies, of which there exist approximately 70 species, generally live in freshwater, temperate and tropical climates around the world.

They are rooted in soil in water bodies, with leaves and flowers that float on the water surface.

The beautiful flowers are divided into two primary categories: either hardy or tropical.

The hardy water lily can only bloom during the day, but tropical water lilies are able to bloom during the day or at night. Tropicals are also the only group that have blue-flowered plants.

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Favorite Flowers – Tulip – Elegant – Graceful

The Tulip (from the Liliaceae family and genus Tulipa) is originally from Persia and Turkey and brought to Europe in the 16th Century.

Today, Tulips grow virtually planet-wide and enjoy festivals celebrating their elegance and grace.

As with most all flowers, there is symbolism and meaning that has been placed upon the species.

Yellow symbolizes cheerful thoughts
Purple symbolizes royalty
White symbolizes forgiveness
Red symbolizes perfect love

Some say that the velvety black center represents a lover’s heart, darkened by the heat of passion.

Then there are the variegated species…

These represent beautiful eyes

The Tulip serves as the 11th wedding anniversary flower. It is a flower that is simple in design yet beautiful in all aspects.

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Favorite Flowers – Calla Lily – Simple Beauty

The Zantedeschia aethiopica is a species of the family Araceae and has common names such as Calla Lily, Lily of the Nile, Easter Lily, among others, and is native to South Africa, though is grown in many parts of the world.

The simple beauty of the Calla Lily lies in its pure white spathe and yellow spadix which provide a wide variety of curvature formations.

In the early 20th century the Calla Lily was cultivated for the Easter time floral trade, hence one of its nicknames.

It is a perenniel and under the right conditions the Calla Lily is able to bloom year-round. A truly elegant flowering plant.

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The Beauty of the Rose

A rose is a perennial plant of the genus Rosa, within the Rosaceae family, of which exist over 100 species. Colors range from whites through yellows, oranges and reds. Hybrids that have been developed expand the native color spectrum even further. Aside from their outstanding visual appeal, the rose has a scent that is often used in perfumes and for other items with fragrances.

Probably the best quote concerning the Rose is from Kahlil Gibran, The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.

Below is a small sample of Rosa.

A larger gallery of the Rose may be viewed at my Flickr Rosaceae Collection.

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