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NOW CLOSED: Nominate a MNer to receive flowers - and talk about flowers with The Flower Council

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 01-Oct-12 09:51:03

We've been asked by the team at The Flower Council to get your nominations for which Mumsnetter you'd like them to send a bouquet of flowers to and why.

The company are keen to get folks thinking of flowers as a gift to cheer someone up, to say hello or just because you want to - rather than being for special occasions.

They also want to get folks thinking about what their friends favourite flower may be - they say "The aim of the Favourite Flower campaign is to show that a flower is not just a present (and not just a bouquet of flowers), but a special present, because when you know or try to think about what flower is your friends favourite then it makes the present very personal and special".

So please on this thread add your nomination for a MNer who you think would appreciate a bunch of flowers - it could be anyone (not yourself though!) - and what flower you think they would like. We will decide on the final winners and contact 3 MNers for their address and then The Flower Council will send them the flowers! (worth c£30 each)

We'd also like you to post your thoughts below on flowers - for example.......
~ How often you get given them or buy them for yourself, what you love about flowers, any variety you dislike, what it means to you to get flowers or to send them.
~ Do you routinely send them as a gift and if so what prompts you to do this?
~ Do you pick which flower to send to which friend - is this based on colours, fragrances, time of year or what you think they like.
~ Do you know / or do you think you know what your best friends favourite flower is? How do you know? What about your family - what do they like?

Share your thoughts on this thread and don't forget your nomination.

thanks MNHQ

PS They have also developed a very lighthearted game - check it out here and let us know what you think - it's designed to identify your Favourite Flower and if you can guess your friends you could both win a FREE bouquet.

BigStickBIWI Mon 01-Oct-12 12:52:46

Oh yes - PurplePidjin - how could I forget her as well blush She definitely needs flowers as well. AnnMumsnet - if we break the rules to give them to two people, what the hell - make it three!

CotherMuckingFunt Mon 01-Oct-12 12:56:21

FrankWippery because she's fab and needs cheering up.
cupofteaplease because she is an amazing mu and I have a reliable source who informs me that she's lovely too.

I send flowers because I live abroad and it's the easiest thing to sort out blush

CotherMuckingFunt Mon 01-Oct-12 12:56:40

'mu' = 'mum' of course <nob>

BigStickBIWI Mon 01-Oct-12 13:07:00

She's a pretty amazing mu as well, Cother grin

RosaMosqueta Mon 01-Oct-12 13:08:46

Knottylocks PurplePidjin and RatherBeOnThePiste for their amazing WoollyHug work.

Aitch for being a gem.

MmeLindt for her tireless campaigning and for being a lovely lady.

Chaos for being Chaos.

An entire field of flowers.

CotherMuckingFunt Mon 01-Oct-12 13:26:17

grin BIWI

nickeldaisical Mon 01-Oct-12 13:29:40

I want to nominate KnottyLocks, PurplePidgeon and RatherBeonthepiste as well.
for their Woolly Hugs.
I think they would want a mixed bunch and the more colourful, the better!

your questions:
~ How often you get given them or buy them for yourself, what you love about flowers, any variety you dislike, what it means to you to get flowers or to send them.
I very rarely get given flowers, but this year I have had some twice - one sent from "Pombears" because I was being a misery and feeling down - it really cheered me up to know that people were thinking of me smile
and I got a bunch from DH on my wedding anniversary, even though he knows I think it's naughty to send flowers because they cost a lot.
I generally don't buy flowers because of the cost, but it's amazing how wonderful they make you feel! It seems that it's such a special gift - I can't explain why, maybe because they are there for such a short time, but maybe it's also because of me perceiving them as an expensive gift, so more precious because of that.

~ Do you routinely send them as a gift and if so what prompts you to do this?
not routinely, but if they're deserved, and they always go well as a special thank you present.

~ Do you pick which flower to send to which friend - is this based on colours, fragrances, time of year or what you think they like.
I generally pick flowers based on the season - I like to buy local and British, so I want to send flowers that are grown here.

~ Do you know / or do you think you know what your best friends favourite flower is? How do you know? What about your family - what do they like?
I don't know what my best friend's favourite flower is.
I don't know anyone's favourite flower. blush

All of them. Every single one. For being supportive, kind, reasonable, loving, tough,

All women should have flowers

They should be bloody cheaper

My favourite flower is a lily
And cream roses smile

My mums fave flowers are daffs because and i quote 'they're cheap' but i happen to know she likes orange roses better smile

My best friends' favourite flower is Sweet Pea smile

I've only ever been given flowers once

And last but not least i had a job delivering flowers and one valentines day i got 7 bunches handed back to me with instuctions ranging from 'take them back' to 'stick them up his.....' grin Fact... wink

BigStickBIWI Mon 01-Oct-12 14:06:06

I did a market research project on flowers for Next once. It was fabulous because once we'd finished talking about their various different bouquets, we got to keep them! It was like living in a florist's for a week.

Wolfcub Mon 01-Oct-12 14:16:23

I would also like to nominate Ratherbeonthepiste, Purplepidjin and Knottylocks for their woolly hugs work. I think they both deserve a beautiful bunch of flowers in woolly hug colours - white or cream roses, purple sea holly and greeny silver eucalyptus.

Wolfcub Mon 01-Oct-12 14:17:59

all not both! doh

Blatherskite Mon 01-Oct-12 14:25:18

Yet another vote for ratherbeonthepiste and knottylocks. The time, effort and care that goes into organising and putting together the MN Woolyhugs deserves so much more than flowers - but they'd make a good start smile

I tend to send flowers to my Mum every year on her birthday as she loves them. She's got about as much 'stuff' as she's ever going to need and I live a long way away so I can't always be there to give her anything personally. I love getting flowers but really have to bully DH into it which spoils it somewhat.

I chose Fresias for both my Mum and MIL as I know they are their favourites. MIL's are generally yellow as she likes them to match her decor and Mum's are whatever colour looks prettiest on the day.

Frontpaw Mon 01-Oct-12 14:31:56

I'd send them to poor old Sweetkitty and maybe she can give the to her neighbour, who she peed off with a misdirected text.

I don't send flowers much these days, but buy them regularly for myself and as gift if I am visiting someone. I try to either get something i know they'll like or buy something that is unusual (a odd variety of something in a container for practicality).

I love either a colourful display or a big bunch on one colour, and hate lillies as they are 'funeral' flowers and even the smell makes me sad. Not too keen on chrysanthemums as they remind me of clowns (no ideas why).

lisad123 Mon 01-Oct-12 14:54:06

All the mums on SN board

prettybird Mon 01-Oct-12 14:56:13

Add in some purple freesia Wolfcub and you've just described my wedding bouquet! smilethanks

I too would like to nominate the triumvirate of Ratherbeonthepiste , Purplepidjin and Knottylocks for their work on Woolly Hugs smilethanks

Something bright and quirky for Pidj like sunflowers, cheerful and bright like gerbera for Knotty and elegant and bright for Pistey like lisianthus.

~ How often you get given them or buy them for yourself, what you love about flowers, any variety you dislike, what it means to you to get flowers or to send them.

I often buy myself flowers over the winter but try to pick them from the garden during the summer months. Try to have at least one bunch of lowers in the house at all times )which reminds me..... wink) I love receiving flowers and also sending flowers, because I know the pleasure it gives. Not made keen on carnations (dh has learnt not to get them for me) but have learnt to appreciate crysanthemums more (not least the length of time they last, which to be fair on carnations, is also one of their benefits). I love daffodils - "indoor sunshine" - and tulips for providing colour at a time that there aren't many other flowers around.

~ Do you routinely send them as a gift and if so what prompts you to do this?
Not routinely - but will take flowers when visiting a friend. Birthdays, Mother's Day (when Mum was still around sad) or babies are usually the trigger (although usually for babies I don't buy flowers but do buy a vase if I am visiting in person!)

~ Do you pick which flower to send to which friend - is this based on colours, fragrances, time of year or what you think they like.

Based on my own preferences usually - combination of time of year, what mood I'm in, what I think will be good value and what I like.

~ Do you know / or do you think you know what your best friends favourite flower is? How do you know? What about your family - what do they like?

White roses - from her wedding bouquet. My mum used to love freesias because of the scent and gerberas because they were cheerful and also reminded her of South Africa.

Dh used to send me flowers regularly when we first got together but were living in different parts of the country. In fact, I sued to know he'd sent some more 'cos the receptionist at work wold ring up and say "I hate you" grin

He doesn't send them as often now but he does still surprise me every so often smile

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Mon 01-Oct-12 15:01:14

I'd like to send flowers to GentleOtter.

I don't know her except from on here, but I think of her often, as she and her family have a long-term nightmare situation which affects their house and their livelihood (farm).

It must be so draining for all of them to have this dragging on and being constantly problematic with no end in sight.

I think they'd like something cheerful, colourful and optimistic, like sunflowers or gerberas, maybe.

I'd like to nominate BreastmilkDoesAFabLatte because shes having a tough time at the moment healthwise and I think she really deserves the cheering up.

Sossiges Mon 01-Oct-12 15:31:53

I'd like to nominate *Misunderstood48" because she sounds as if she's having a rough ride, could do with some support and also to tell her to keep her chin up.

racingheart Mon 01-Oct-12 15:38:59

I nominate Maryz who probably doesn't know who I am, but I have read her posts over the years, and she is always full of warm, wise reassurance. She comes over as an inspirational and rather lovely person all round. Just send her a massive, colourful bouquet that lasts a long time.

Last time I bought flowers was today, as DH is very down in the dumps, so I bought him a big bouquet of manly Cape flowers to cheer him up.

Definitely AnyFucker.

She should have some lovely and long-lasting flowers (sorry, I am not a flower expert!) as she is always there on the Relationships threads with brilliant advice and support and cheering-on for everyone who needs it, and it's time she had a big Thankyou.

Though if I could choose more than one I would second Tiktok (for the reasons already given above) and UnlikelyAmazonian too.

Oh and GentleOtter too. How on earth are you going to choose just 3?

While its very hard to pick one person, I'd like to nominate SuperB0F for not only being incredibly kind in an hour of need, but also because she has a lot of difficulties that she doesn't gripe about so no one really knows. For once I'd like it acknowledged that I think she is an awesome person and really deserves something random and lovely to happen to her.

ouryve Mon 01-Oct-12 16:06:57

coff33pot needs some bright cheerful Gerbera because there really hasn't been enough bright and cheerful in her life, lately. And while the flowers won't make the not bright and far from cheerful go away, they can be a reminder, even in the early wee hours, that people are thinking of her.

I tend not to give cut flowers as a gift, opting for living plants, instead. The thought lasts much longer, that way.

Allalonenow Mon 01-Oct-12 16:10:25

I'd like to send a bright cheerful bouquet full of hot clashing colours to UnlikelyAmazonian, as she has had a difficult time lately, but although she has got serious problems, she always seems to look on the bright side for herself and her little boy, and she often posts uplifting hopeful messages to others. I know her posts helped me.

I love having flowers in the house, and until recently used to have them every week, the only ones I don't like are stargazer lilies with their overpowering perfume. I especially like having a bunch of snowdrops or violets to herald springtime, and roses or orchids are lovely too.

I often used to send my mother flowers, yellow roses were her favourite. Over the years, I've often been sent or given flowers, but the ones I remember most were from a stranger whose life I had saved.

SheelaNeGig Mon 01-Oct-12 16:23:56

Good lord how can I pick just one?

I adore flowers. When DH and I met he used to buy me them weekly. Usually roses. Bless him.
Last flowers I got was a beautiful bunch from a friend, who I looked after in labour. I dropped them and cried.
My favourites are probably yellow roses. Scented ones.

Hang on. I'll ponder the MNer question.

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