If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably taken the “What Flower Are You?” quiz. The quiz questions are pretty random (and frequently misspelled, but don’t get me started on that), and they purport to determine what flower best defines your personality. I took the Facebook quiz and the result was “Daisy”—one of the few quiz results I actually liked.
If I had to pick a flower that suited my personality, the daisy is the one I would have picked – quiz or no quiz. When I got married, my dishes and silverware had a daisy pattern, and when I look around the house, the daisy is still a recurring motif. I’m a happy person—an optimist, a Pollyanna even. I like books with happy endings. Yep, I’m a daisy.
I’m not sure how we came to assign personalities to some flowers (as in daisy=happy; violet=shy), but if you ask people what flower represents their personality, most people can come up with an answer pretty quickly. A forthcoming book, Bouquets with Personality, embraces the personality traits of flowers, and takes it a step further by suggesting the personification of flowers.
The book proposes that flowers not only convey emotion, but take on lives of their own. Some flowers are team players, preferring to blend in and take on a supportive role. Others are dominant by nature; born leaders, if you will. These traits affect the way we group flowers in an arrangement. The same logic can be applied to groups of people—and, in fact, to society at large.
My husband, who strives to convince the world he’s a grumpy old-ish man (we’re exactly the same age, so I had to think twice about using that phrase), chose the rose as his defining flower. First, because he doesn’t know the names of a lot of plants; second, because it has thorns. I have to agree; once you get past his thorns, he’s really very sweet. My daughter also picked the rose because it represents passion and she’s a passionate person. And because the rose’s thorns are sharp and suit her when she’s irritable. And because roses have a wonderful scent and she "always smells good" (*smile*).
Who decides what certain flowers represent? I'm guessing it's tradition—white flowers, like orange blossoms and white lilacs, tend to represent innocence; tall, straight-stemmed gladiolas represent integrity; irises represent valor; peonies represent prosperity; and sunflowers (like daisies) represent happiness.
What about you? What flower (or plant) represents your personality, and why?