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dave

February 9, 2009
9:50 AM

Post #6113676

There are a total of 306 votes:


Amaranthus caudatus
(22 votes, 7%)
Red dot


Catananche caerulea
(16 votes, 5%)
Red dot


Cercis siliquastrum
(6 votes, 1%)
Red dot


Eragrostis spp.
(2 votes, 0%)
Red dot


Ipomoea lobata
(9 votes, 2%)
Red dot


Kalanchoe pinnata
(4 votes, 1%)
Red dot


Mandragora officinarum
(6 votes, 1%)
Red dot


Nigella damascena
(26 votes, 8%)
Red dot


Passiflora foetida
(52 votes, 16%)
Red dot


Rosa spp.
(163 votes, 53%)
Red dot


Previous Polls..and the answer is: it's up to you! Each plant has "love" in its name, except the rose, which is a universal symbol of love and affection.

grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2009
11:23 AM

Post #6113771

Good morning! First time I have been first :0)

I'm sticking with the rose. It's my true love's favorite.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

February 9, 2009
12:04 PM

Post #6113826

This love would love ALL OF THE ABOVE but I went with the traditional Rose.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 9, 2009
12:17 PM

Post #6113847

Hmpfh! Never did like trick questions. LOL

Happiest of Valentines Days All!
Kathleen
Panama, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2009
12:21 PM

Post #6113851

picked rose, but there are some days that Mandragora comes to mind
fleursdefouquet
Ferndale, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 9, 2009
1:42 PM

Post #6114084

LOL! I picked rose but enjoyed the trick question.
plantladyhou
Katy, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 9, 2009
1:59 PM

Post #6114174

I particularly love to get plants rather than cut flowers because I can then grow them and enjoy them again. I picked the rose. It reminds me of beauty, good scents and is long lasting.

Ann
passiflora07
Fern Park, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 9, 2009
3:44 PM

Post #6114665

I had to pick the Passiflora ;)
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

February 9, 2009
6:50 PM

Post #6115598

I would give a passi too, but went with rose for 'botanical reasons' lol...
:D

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dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

February 10, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #6117942

I plant my true luvs favorites: petunias and night stock where he can see/smell them from his favorite sitting area in the garden. He has absolutely no interest in plants other than that. For context: he calls 'autumn joy' seedum the cauliflower plant. I am overjoyed that he encourages and enables me in my passion and most importantly, turns the compost :-) We can't all be gardeners.
amarantha00
San Bernardino, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 10, 2009
3:11 AM

Post #6117975

Amaranthus Caudatus (Love Lies Bleeding)

It's where my name comes from ^^..^^

karen
wandygirl
Brookfield, CT

February 10, 2009
2:01 PM

Post #6119318

Almost picked the passiflora, but doesn't foetida mean smelly, in a negative sense? I know nigella is love in a mist, but had to go with rose, because roses as a symbol of love, that's just ingrained in our culture. Dave, will you post all the common names?
Pamgarden
Central, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 10, 2009
5:42 PM

Post #6120206

Amarantha00 I'm with you.
dparsons01
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

February 10, 2009
8:54 PM

Post #6120880

I thought the question implied a play on words: "true love." A number of the plants had seemingly contradictory names, perhaps interpreted as not being true
Kalanche - Mother in Law Plant/Mexican Love Plant
Mondragora - Devil's Apple/Love Apple

Also, Roses have thorns and there are many beautiful plants that don't. No need to inflict extra pain no matter what the conventions say about Roses.

So I picked Catananche caerulea - Love Plant/Cupid's Dart. Its also xeric so it won't dry up and die when times get tough.
grannyh
Monroe City, MO
(Zone 5b)

February 10, 2009
10:23 PM

Post #6121244

Red Roses are so beautiful!!!...but so are all the rest!!!

My dear DH built this for me years ago in February for a Valentine's gift! I just had to plant red roses under it!!!...nothing else would do!

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DMgardener
(Daniel) Mount Orab, OH
(Zone 6b)

February 10, 2009
11:54 PM

Post #6121579

WOW! This is a hard one! I went with Nigella damascena because it the most complex flower in the plant kingdom (at least to me and it's the only flower that has a Eliziabethean collar for sepal) ). But, Amaranthus caudatus and Ipomoea lobata came at close second, mainly because both have VERY unusual flower arrangement.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

February 11, 2009
1:19 AM

Post #6121915

granny that is a beautiful labour of love.
grannyh
Monroe City, MO
(Zone 5b)

February 11, 2009
2:22 AM

Post #6122145

Thank you, dahlianut...he is a sweetie!!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2009
9:07 PM

Post #6125278

went with the passi, but of course doesn't matter what I choose, hubby is not fond of flowers
roseimp
(Rosie) Belturbet
Ireland

February 12, 2009
12:53 AM

Post #6126239

I'd have to give my other half a bunch of cactus to make him really happy. But then I wouldn't be picking them! I chose nigella because that's MY favorite.
gansurambler
Avon, NY
(Zone 5b)

February 12, 2009
2:42 AM

Post #6126681

Nigella for me, because I think "Love in the Mist" could be quite romantic and perhaps quite exciting too!

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


February 12, 2009
4:58 AM

Post #6127173

none of the above as Palm was not on the list.
ic_conifers
Iowa City, IA
(Zone 5a)

February 12, 2009
3:18 PM

Post #6128168

I picked passi - hubby would love that. Granny, that is gorgeous! Wow, what a breath stopping picture!
grannyh
Monroe City, MO
(Zone 5b)

February 12, 2009
5:03 PM

Post #6128702

Thank you!!...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 12, 2009
8:03 PM

Post #6129474

Yes, Granny looks wonderful... I had to do a double take because I thought it was a greeting card
dobra1629
Houma, LA

February 13, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #6130628

I picked passi because one my hubby loves the flowers because they are different and two because of the references to the passion of Christ.

Dorothy
grannyh
Monroe City, MO
(Zone 5b)

February 13, 2009
4:46 AM

Post #6131814

Thank you everyone...(DH is just loving this...haven't seen him preen like this for quite awhile...you're spoiling him!!!)
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 14, 2009
12:41 AM

Post #6135273

I picked Rose. Love your Rose arch grannyh! your hubby's so romantic, beautiful work!!
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 14, 2009
4:16 AM

Post #6136224

I chose passiflora (didn't know what the second botanical name was on this passiflora) because I love them...
ezgroonly
Fountaintown, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 14, 2009
6:10 PM

Post #6138187

Of course, the passion flower refers to the passion of my Savior, JesusChrist.
But I chose passionflower anyway. What is love if it's not HOT!!!
ic_conifers
Iowa City, IA
(Zone 5a)

February 14, 2009
6:24 PM

Post #6138259

This is what hubby gave me, the full story is on the hosta board under the thread "Happy Valentine's Day."

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WaterCan2
Eastern Long Island, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2009
7:36 PM

Post #6138543

I would not buy a plant as a gift, as a plant requires care & maintenance, (similar to giving a pet as a gift), it automatically imposes an added chore on the recipient. In addition, a Rose bush or Passiflora would be odd gifts in the Northeast in the middle of February, with daytime highs only reaching the mid 30s. With that in mind, a bouquet of cut, long-stemmed Red Roses would be a more appropriate and practical gift in my locale at this time of year.

(Beautiful arbor grannh & quite a lovely bouquet ic_conifers.) ☺
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

February 14, 2009
11:13 PM

Post #6139471

I voted for the Passiflora. I love these flowers and as long as the plant blooms of he can eat it, my hubby's all for it.
Barb
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2009
2:49 AM

Post #6140239

I always give plants to everyone I know for any occasion. My sister in law loves it because she knows nothing about growing. She has a giant bromeliad in bloom I gave her for her birthday . I find that people who don't know how to grow love getting beautiful plants...with a note on watering.

Left 10 african violets at my unmarried son's house last summer and they are still blooming and growing...

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2009
11:06 PM

Post #6143572

Cercis siliquastrum . . . Judas Tree . . . so the recipient can use it as Judas is claimed by legend to have done??

;-)
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2009
11:55 PM

Post #6143720

Excuse me, Resin...could you go into further detail?
Thanks

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 16, 2009
8:25 AM

Post #6145414

chose Ipomoea (sp) cuz I love moonflowers(vine) but now I have to go look up that particular Ipomoea - but that's OK cuz I love Plantfiles

Exotic Love Vine
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1317/

This message was edited Feb 16, 2009 3:30 AM

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 16, 2009
10:54 AM

Post #6145510

Quoting:Excuse me, Resin...could you go into further detail?

Judas Tree is the English name of Cercis siliquastrum. It is named after the old legend that it is the tree on which Judas hanged himself.

Resin
geraldine87
West Warren, MA

February 17, 2009
2:11 PM

Post #6150661

A rose with a great scent!!
roseimp
(Rosie) Belturbet
Ireland

February 22, 2009
8:35 PM

Post #6174594

Do you have an ax to grind Resin? LOL
ToucanOasis
Tilaran
Costa Rica

July 16, 2009
1:21 PM

Post #6826030

Heliconia Griggsiana
geraldine87
West Warren, MA

July 17, 2009
11:00 AM

Post #6829892

Viola's that survive our winters!! Love to see them come spring...they are so full!!

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