Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Know Your Flowers!

As awesome as Pinterest is, we're noticed something kind of funny happening over there: a tendency to call certain beautiful blooms by the wrong name. Because we want your floral photos to be as re-pinnable as possible, the La Fleur Vintage team is here to set the record straight. Listen ladies (I'm a lady, she's a lady, you're a lady, we're the ladies!):  peonies are not garden roses are not ranunculus are not poppies are not anemones. 

We love you guys, but please don't make this mistake ever again.

Commonly mistaken for garden roses (and vice versa). No thorns, an extremely short blooming season, and prices that tend to skyrocket. 

Garden Roses: 
Because they come in hundreds of custom-bred varieties that differ in size, shape and number of petals, garden roses are often mistaken for both peonies and ranunculus. Mix these up at your own risk, because as sweet as the sight of them is, a garden rose's thorns will slice your thumb right open before you can say "Isn't this peony beautiful?"

(This, by the way, is a peach Juliet garden rose - not an orange ranunculus.)

Sometimes mis-labeled as poppies, and sometimes well-meaning but ultimately misguided people lend their name to garden roses. Stop it, you guys. 

 Not interchangeable with ranunculus, y'all. 

Repeat after me: despite the fact that anemones and poppies belong to the same flower family, they are not the same thing. Say it again. And again. 

Any questions? Leave them in the comments!

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