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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.

Teladi Tue 02-Oct-12 13:07:45

I also agree with the votes for the Woolly Hug ladies.

~ 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.

My MIL often brings flowers around when she visits which is lovely, although I hope she doesn't feel like she has to. I think flowers bring a fresh feel to a room. I find them a special gesture which makes you feel valued.

~ Do you routinely send them as a gift and if so what prompts you to do this?

I do, particularly as a short-notice gift, because I know they will be well received and it is easy to arrange purchase and delivery online.

~ 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 usually pick what I think is the prettiest at the price point I am buying at.

~ 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?

No I have no idea!

Hullygully Tue 02-Oct-12 16:05:51

I would like some for Hullygully because she really is a bit special in so many ways.

BellaVita Tue 02-Oct-12 16:10:57

I think FrankWippery should get some flowers.

She invited 3 of us to stay over the weekend of the MN Shindig despite her being in absolute agony with an abscess.

I also would like to nominate RatherBeOnThePiste and Knotty because they are bloody superstars with the MN Wooly Hugs and I think they are FABULOUS!!!! (p.s. they also have the best tartan pj's....)

Poledra Tue 02-Oct-12 16:17:33

I would like to nominate nickeldaisical, as she was so helpful to me when I was trying to track down a book for DD1. She found the nearest possible thing, sent it to me with a little necklace she had 'lying around' and all in just over a week. Given her nickname, it should be some lovely gerbera daisies smile

I love getting scented flowers but don't often get them. My MIL is the person who most often sends me flowers and I really appreciate it. I send flowers to both my mother and MIL, and tend to base my decision on scent - most flowers are beautiful, but I prefer to have fragrance as well.

Lizzylou Tue 02-Oct-12 16:19:03

I would like to nominate Superbof and Expatinscotland for flowers, both are intelligent and thoughtful posters who bear bad times with grace.

I love lilies, orchids and iris.

My Grandmother's favourite flowers were iris and my Mother's are yellow roses.

I never buy cut flowers but do like a lot of flowering plants in my garden.

Monty27 Tue 02-Oct-12 16:20:15

Anyfucker deffo, brilliant mner.

nickeldaisical Tue 02-Oct-12 16:20:19

aww, pol blush

HecateHarshPants Tue 02-Oct-12 16:27:02

Can we only nominate one? There's so many who really deserve a big bunch of flowers. I feel mean only nominating one.

Bellavita, she's so kind and thoughtful. sent me a lovely pressie when I was having an op

Chaos, so much fun and another one with a heart as big as a bucket.

anyfucker - straight talking, no crap taken and oh my, if you're a woman having man trouble, she's right there by your side giving you strength.

Parsleythelioness - so caring, I can't tell you how caring!

I could go on all day! There's just loads!!! I feel guilty for even trying to choose!

Kveta Tue 02-Oct-12 16:54:07

tiktok for services to novice breast feeders! seriously cannot thank her enough for the advice she has given, not only to me, but also advice to others which has then been very helpful to me, over the past 3 years!

Iggly for her helpful sleep advice.

McKayz for being an amazing mum (seriously, 3 kids, one a newborn, with DH out of the country for long periods of time - I couldn't do it!)

and obviously the woolly hugs ladies smile

BellaVita Tue 02-Oct-12 17:43:24

Hecate blush thanks

guineapiglet Tue 02-Oct-12 18:02:54

I would love to send some to*simbo*- for being such a wonderful support last year whilst we were moving house and my daughter was so unwell. When we moved she sent me lots of delicious coffee, so as we are now so far away, I would like to send her a wonderful, colourful bouquet to say thankyou - she loves bright colours and fragrant flowers, freesieas, gerberas, roses etc. I could not have managed the past year without her support.

I adore having fresh flowers but sadly pollen makes me sneeze, so I fill up with tulips in the spring, absolutely addicted to their amazing bendy shapes and colours, - love having them in the house. I usually buy an unusual plant for the summer, some lovely daisies or lilies to keep outside in pots.

Badvoc Tue 02-Oct-12 18:04:05

So many....for so many reasons....

NorksAreMessy Tue 02-Oct-12 21:52:02

izzy for total and uncompromising support for people in appalling relationships.
She needs something strong, proud and dignified.
Gladioli (smile)

In fact I would like to scatter flower liberally around MN.
It has made me happy, sad, proud, comforted, solved problems, made me laugh more than I could believe possible, introduced me to people I would never have met and is the first thing I read in the morning and the last thing at night.

Perhaps justineMN should have some flowers for providing us with this wonderful place to meet.

NorksAreMessy Tue 02-Oct-12 22:03:41

Ooh, so justineMN needs NASTURTIUMS, they are prolific, cheerful, don't mind where they grow, you can EAT Them, they come back year after year, they provide food for babies (caterpillars) and I can't be without them smile

I send flowers about 4-5 times a month, for birthdays, thank yours, get wells and congratulations. I love to receive flowers and. Know the joy they bring.

I send flowers according to what is appropriate for the person I send to. Eg: DDad is allergic to Lillies, so I never send them to DMUm. One friend HATES roses because they remind her of her BAD marriage etcetc.

My best friend is a gardener, so I have to send her something unusual and thoughtful a nd is tricky.
My Dsis is VERY minimalist, so she needs flowers of all one colour, or architectural plants. In spring she gets dozens of tulips, all the same colour.

NorksAreMessy Tue 02-Oct-12 22:06:57

I did try to play the game but a) I was a bit cross about half naked 'boys' they think I am STUPID and will buy more flowers if you show me bimboys?
b) the site kept kicking me off sad

NormanTheForeman Tue 02-Oct-12 22:15:08

There are so many I could nominate - some of whom have already been mentioned, such as AnyFucker and GentleOtter.

But also RustyBear, a lovely MNer who is just sensible, kind and nice.

I'm afraid I don't have much experience of flowers other than the plastic Playmobil variety, but my owner's Mum (SoMuchToBits) says she thinks carnations and gypsophila are nice. She never buys flowers for herself (she would think it a bit of an extravagance) and rarely receives any. She did have some from a lovely friend for her 50th birthday last year though.

She usually only sends them for occasions (birthdays, having a baby etc) rather than buying them for anybody else just because. But maybe she should, maybe it would brighten up someone's day.

I don't really know what her family like in the way of flowers - one of her sisters gets hay fever so isn't keen, the other one doesn't often have flowers, and her Mum was always a bit anti (waste of money, when you could grow them, but sadly SoMuch isn't much of a gardener and unintentionally kills most plants! sad)

NotShortImFunSized Tue 02-Oct-12 22:23:43

I'd nominate sirboobalot A lovely, lovely lady, a fab Mum and just needs a little reminder that people care, a lot.

And also MrsDeVere Just because she is amazing, her posts are always funny, yet still interesting and her strength amazes me.

I think something lovely, bright and vibrant would be right for both of them. Possible Gerberas.

I very, very rarely, if ever, get given flowers sad I tend to buy them for myself from local supermarket when they're reduced and on their last legs!

I LOVE sending them, mostly just to cheer somebody up if I know they're having a tough time or they are ill. There aren't any flowers I particularly dislike although I prefer bright colours.

I know most of my families favourite flowers, well the women anyway. Favourites with them are Sunflowers, Gerberas, Freesias and Daffodils.

Juule Wed 03-Oct-12 08:50:41

Maryz for being tenacious in supporting parents struggling with the day to day reality of living with drug addicted children.

hollie25 Wed 03-Oct-12 12:08:05

I'd send larrygrylls a triffid.


GentleOtter Wed 03-Oct-12 12:11:01

MyNameIsInigoMontoya, ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor and AgentProvocateur, thank you for thinking about me.

MmeLindor, I am moved to tears at the words you wrote. It was a huge boost to read that (and coincidentally, ds and I were making pictures of sunflowers). thanks

I wish I could send great armfuls of sweetly scented flowers to all of you.

Bladderama Wed 03-Oct-12 12:47:17

My nomination is for surewoman who is on the fallen fanjo thread to receive some scented pink lillies. She has offered constant advice and support to many of us on the threads as we struggle through our journeys and has been an absolute inspiration to us all.

I only tend to buy flowers for family and have them delivered to them. I also have flowers sent to me by family and love both giving and receiving them they are a personal and indulgent gift that brightens up any-ones day.
I really really dislike carnations.

I do choose flowers to suit who I am sending them to, the time of year and reason for sending them so that the gift remains personal and well thought out.

I do know my best friends favourite flower it is white lillies, they always remind me of her.

KnottyLocks or RatherbeonthePiste - for the huge amount of work that they have done and are doing for the Woolly Hugs and Mini hugs - they are absolute stars, and I would send them a bouquet of white stargazer lilies, roses and baby's breath - all white like the stars they are.

LemonBreeland Wed 03-Oct-12 13:52:27

I'd like to nominate ExpatinScotland because of the terrbile time she has been through recently. Maybe she would like to take them to her DD.

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 din't get them very often, so if DH buys me flowers it feels quite special. I never buy them for myself. I don't like carnations, or the lilies with loads of pollen as they smell too strongly.

I rarely send flowers as a gift, although should maybe do it more often for older members of the family who are hard to buy for and have everything.

I'm not sure which flowers my friends and family like, so would pick something for them which I feel is pretty.

cat Wed 03-Oct-12 14:17:58

I nom Knotty and Pistey for all their Wooly work

I spoke to them both at the meetup on Saturday and they get about 100 PMs a day re the project! 100 PMs a day!!

And they work and have families and still do the Wooly stuff for love.

They are very lovely.

And have inspired me to try and knit.


Iamcalledclaire Wed 03-Oct-12 14:22:04

I'd like to nominate Kewcumber, as for so many years she has been on here with her such wise kind sensible advice. I think she deserves to be recognised. whenever I see her posts I know it will finally be the voice of reason. I think she's wonderful.

Second nomination would be BoF. She is very funny, I love her posts which puncture the pomposity the pomposity of the rest of us so often. But more than that she has been so kind to me on more than one occasion and PMed me to say something reassuring. I've always been under different names, so a 'no one' to her, and I've appreciated those small kindnesses so much.

Id like to send them both bouquets of cream coloured hydrangeas with palest pink roses. And a card that says thank you.

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