The Austin Family Diary

Well, of course, my favorite flowers come from my daughter when she picks "flowers" that are really weeds from the back yard. She proudly hands them over to me proclaiming, "I picked you flowahs, Mama!"

Those weeds are really my favorite flowers, but these are a close second, third, and forth...


When I first got off the plane in Hawaii I remember the pungent smell of flowers. It could have been the cheap Hawaiian perfume from the airport gift shops or maybe it was manufactured by the airport to make people think it smells like flowers everywhere. I'm not buyin' it.

About a year into living in Hawaii I picked one of these Plumeria flowers I had seen hundreds of times already. They billowed off the trees and were worn in the locals' hair and behind their ear. I smelled the flower and that was it! That was the aroma I smelled getting off the plane and stepping foot onto the island.

Smell is the strongest sense tied to memory and to this day when I can get my hands on a Plumeria flower (which is really never) and smell it I remember Hawaii. I have the same nostalgic feeling when I smell a cheap Hawaiian novelty perfume.


The first time I ever saw this flower was at the Carlsbad Flower Fields. It's an entire field in California that grows Ranunculus flowers.

To me, they look like an antique, paper rose.


It's my middle name!

What are your favorite flowers?


  1. Wow I would love to go to that field! I love Ranunculus! So pretty!

  2. I love those Ranunculus! They do look like paper roses! HaHaHa So pretty! I love tulips.

  3. I'm a lily girl, but the Hawaiian Frangapanis are a close second! Hope your doing well!


    xx Kellly

  4. I love the smell of plumerias! My favorite flower is pink lilies!

  5. Aw! I love how the "flowers" your daughter picks are your favorite. That's precious. Those flowers are pretty.

  6. This has been one of my favorite link ups since I am learning about so many new flowers. I love the Ranunculus!

  7. My favorite is freesias, wish they bloomed for more than a month or there was someway to preserve them or the smell. Maybe that makes them even more special.

    We have one more day free at Legoland and I want to time it when the ranunculus are blooming. Only about an hour from us.

  8. I love plumeria and rose. Plumeria is very common in my country, Philippines. *sigh* how I miss home!

  9. Aww, my littles do the same thing. I've proudly displayed little weed/flowers so often!

    And the plumeria is GORGEOUS!


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