Friday, February 7, 2014

Floral Friday - "Something Romantic"


I can't believe a month has gone by since my last Floral Friday post.  Wow, that four weeks certainly flew by.  This month's Floral Friday theme is "Something Romantic", as set by Trishie of Under Lock & Key, and while the reason for my flower this month isn't exactly what you would call "romantic" (a 3 year old's birthday party!), the flower itself fits the romantic tag perfectly and in fact is a big favourite for wedding bouquets - the most romantic moment of all!  So what did I choose this month?  Say Hello to the oh-so-delicate, oh-so-delightful ...

Lisianthus

What is the name of this flower?
Lisianthus but also known as Prairie Gentians or Texas  Bluebells (commonly referred to as "Lizzies")

What is its Botanical name?
Eustoma

Where did I find them?
At my local florist - love that place!

What was I doing when I found them?
Looking for peonies for my daughter's garden tea party

Do they remind me of anything?
Yes! They remind me of a Hamptons-style country home, an old-fashioned high tea or a beautiful, romantic wedding

How do they make me feel?
Lighter, softer, feminine.  They are so pretty and delicate and are a joy to have in the home

Do they have a scent?
They look like they would have a beautiful scent but sadly, no fragrance

Where do they grow?
They grow natively in warm regions of southern United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and northern South America.  I wish they grew in my backyard (like last month's post)!
 

How ADORABLE are those buds?
 
 
 
 
Doing the perfect job at the tea party!
 
So, although my first choice for my daughter's party would have been Peonies (I missed the season by one week), the "Lizzies" did not disappoint and were the absolute perfect complement to my daughter's very girly, very pretty, very feminine little party.  And, I have found a new favourite flower!

There are quite a few other bloggers joining Under Lock & Key's Floral Friday challenge so please do take a moment to check out the links below to see what the other lovely bloggers in this series had to say about their "something romantic" flower.

Floral Fridays is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along, please email Trishie for next month's theme.

26 comments:

  1. Oh my they are so so pretty! and a great substitute for peonies

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    1. I know, Samantha, so glad I've discovered them! They are much more readily available than peonies too, and cheaper! x

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  2. I saw lisianthus at the florist last month and they were so pretty but only came in purple! I love the pink flowers in your photos. I would have brought them home for a party as well.

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    1. Oh, I haven't seen them in purple - only pink and white, which I love. They are perfect for a party ... well, perfect for any occasion really!! x

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  3. I love lizzies! I had pink ones in my wedding bouquet and also as part of the centerpiece. Brings back such lovely memories of that special day.

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    1. Thanks again for hosting, Trishie - it's such a fun concept, and I'm glad the little Lizzies brought back nice memories! x

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  4. I had these in my wedding bouquet, I adore them! I think they're perfectly feminine and floaty.

    x Jasmine

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    1. Totally agree with you, Jasmine. Thanks for visiting. x

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  5. Hi Nikki,

    Love the pretty lisianthus and I saw some pretty mauve ones at the supermarket the other day.
    Happy weekend
    Carolyn

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    1. I haven't seen them in mauve but I reckon they'd be gorgeous in any colour. Happy weekend to you too! x

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  6. So pretty, I'd almost mistake them for roses but luckily now I'm more clued on :) Love the pink colour especially!

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    1. I know, the buds totally look like roses, don't they?! Me too, love the pink! x

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  7. They're so happy and summery, make me want to go run in the fields! ;)

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    1. Ha! That's exactly what they remind me of. Hair flowing, hippy headband on, sunshine glistening, grass fields ... x

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  8. Thank you for introducing us to this beautiful flower Nikki! So glad to hear they were a hit at your daughter's birthday party :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rowena and yes, they were definitely a hit. Such a pretty, girly flower. x

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  9. Meeting you and visiting your blog has been a pleasure!

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    1. Aw, thanks Princesa! I must go now and stop by all of the other bloggers who joined in the blog hop. All such lovely ladies - with beautiful flowers! x

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  10. Hi Nikki, I love the photos you've posted! Represent very well the romance! The lisianthus are wonderful, I like them so much, in fact I had chosen for my wedding floral arrangements! Greetings from Italy. Paola from http://ilpaeseincantato.blogspot.it/

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    1. Hi Paola ... from Australia! Thank you for taking the time to comment and I totally understand why you would have chosen Lizzies for your bridal arrangement. They are so perfect for that, aren't they? I will stop by your blog very soon. x

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  11. Gorgeous - I have actually just plonked a bunch of white ones in a vase next to my bed. xx

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    1. Now there's the perfect spot for "Romance"! x

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  12. Lizzies are delightful - I like all kinds of old fashioned flowers. Hydrangeas, ranunculas and, of course, roses. x

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    1. Hi Bron - thanks so much for visiting my itty bitty blog! Ranunculas? Hmmm? I need to check them out. If they're in the "old fashioned" category then I know I'd love them. x

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  13. Hope you had a lovely party, such gorgeous flowers x

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