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What is your favourite flower?

Photo: Fabulously French

It seems like only yesterday that the sunflowers were just green stems and only a few inches high. It is amazing what a difference, a few weeks and a lot of sunshine makes.

I particularly liked this one as it stood in a field of hundreds of others, that had not turned yellow yet. So Mr FF kindly stopped the car, waded through masses of green faced sunflowers and captured this one for me on film.

Note, I say on film as last year he gave me a huge bunch which looked fabulous in the dining room but dropped lots of yellow powder everywhere so I have since decided to admire them from afar.

Sunflowers at Maison De Poitiers last summer

Sunflowers are happy flowers for me, what flower makes you happy?I would love to hear which flowers make you happy and why....

Leeann x

ps if you did not already know they are called Tournesol in french which translates literally to turn to the sun, which is what they do and I think that is why they make me smile as when you drive past they are facing one way and you return they have all turned and are facing in the opposite direction.


  1. I adore flowers-in my house I love potted orchids because they last so long and are very Chinoiserie which I love. Also love peonies, parrot tulips, and lilies in the house. Outside my list would include old roses, wisteria, hellebores, delphinium, viburnum, and camellias.

  2. I love sunflowers. My favorites are hydrangeas. I just love the colors of the blue ones, and they are so full and bursting with volume. They kind of remind me of cotton candy

  3. Hi Leeann,
    I have to say sunflowers do intrigue me ... love the way they look so bold.But I do have a soft thingy for peonies(can't grow them where I live) ... and blush colored roses ... aaahhh wait may be the pink lilies ... of dear ... don't make me choose.
    By the way it was so nice to hear from you on my blog ... hope for more comments your end often :)

  4. Beautiful...i personally ♥ hydrangeas.
    Thanks for entering my giveaway!!! Good luck to you. Wish i could find a mannequin like the one in your blog title.

  5. I love roses because they remind me of my father who had a beautiful rose garden. Recently when I was in Granville, France visiting the home of Christian Dior, I saw Dior's lovely rose garden. The roses were extraordinarily beautiful and were laden with scent. I wrote about it on my Sunday post dedicated to Father's Day.

  6. Daffodils are my favorite because they mean spring is here and they smile back at you...
    x Cate
    P.S thanks for my French lesson

  7. Hi Leann. When I first travelled in Europe my travel mate loved sunflowers. They always remind me of her and her excitement at travelling past fields and fields of sunflowers. I have a few favourites. I love gardenias for their simply beauty and divine scent. Julie

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  9. Let's see - David Austin roses, peonies, lilies, lisianthus, orchids .... it's impossible to pick a favourite. Love the sunflower photo! Leigh

  10. I love flowers that have a scent...lilacs, violets, hyacinths, roses. I cannot pick a favourite as I think that all flowers are beautiful - nature's gift to us. Lee :)

  11. Just roses for me... pink, yellow, white. Your sunflower is BEAUTIFUL!!! A-M xx

  12. Sunflowers are in my top 5 and for the very same reasons - they make me smile and look for the sun!

    My #1 favorite is the Tuberose. It's fragile, it's beautiful and it possesses the most wonderful scent. I would make it the signature flower of my own personal utopia!

  13. Any flower is a good flower, but peonies, orchids, roses and hydrangeas are all favourites. I do have good memories of sunflowers - when I was a kid they used to grow wild near my house near the beach and we used to pick the raw seats out and eat them!

  14. I like peonies for their scent and sunflowers for their big show. I also love gardenias with their heady scent in the summer.

  15. They are gorgeous! I love so many different flowers its hard to choose...peonies & roses, hydrangea's & tulips...Axx

  16. Love the sunflowers. I enjoy so many of the beautiful flowers, but I think hydrangea's & tulips are my favs.


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