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Posted: 10.01.2002
A rose is a rose
Here's a quick pop-quiz for the girlies out there... Silk flowers or real?

My mom wrote today about the arrangement we sent my Gma for her birthday, and she said it was so pretty, she had talked my Gma into recreating it with silk flowers once they die. I dunno -- both my mom and Gma had silk arrangements all over the house when I was growing up, but I never did really like them. Even if you pay fifteen bucks a stem for the 'good stuff', when you get right up to 'em, 99% of silk flowers just look like silk flowers to me. It just seems wrong if you need to dust your greenery. (No offense meant if you prefer them. Heck, everyone in my family but me seems to...) I worked with roses, as mentioned here, once upon a time. There's just something about touching and smelling the real thing. It's more special to have them around when you don't see them every day, IMHO.

Of course that said, we have a fake tree on the porch that came with the house -- and it drops more leaves than the real ones. So everything is subjective...

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Nope, totally agree that silk flowers just aren't the same. My mom actually has SEASONAL silk flower arrangements. Open her spare room closet, and there are all the spring and summer arrangements. She dusts 'em off for each season, and puts them out. I, personally, can't stand them.

¤ ¤ credit: Tracy | 10.01.02 at 11:29 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I like the idea of waxing real flowers so they last longer... They are much more beautiful than silk and there is something almost magical about how the roses become kind of like glass...

¤ ¤ credit: Deb | 10.01.02 at 11:34 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Oh Deb, I agree totally! Nikki has several Victorian waxed arrangements and they are beautiful -- her bridal bouquet was as well! I have several dried arrangements, myself...I just seem to be drawn to real or "used to be" real. :-)

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 10.01.02 at 11:36 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I can't stand silk flower arangements. Fake greenery, such as a good fake ivy, I don't mind. In fact, I have one sitting on top of my wall unit, and I like the fact that I can have it up there, no one will notice it's a fake, and it won't die. But it's not flowers, and it's far away. Almost every fake flower I've ever seen looks fake, regardless of how far.

In all honesty, you'd think they'd figure out that most roses don't look silky. They look more velvetish. But it's the stems that give them away instantly. Like anyone's going to believe that a sweetheart rose has a plastic coupling for every leaf.

¤ ¤ credit: Veshka | 10.02.02 at 12:04 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

I can't stand silk flowers, though silk greenery isn't too bad, I guess. I have cats who destroy such things, though, so I stick to grapevine wreaths and dried roses (which the cats don't like to eat).

¤ ¤ credit: VASpider | 10.02.02 at 12:19 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Must... agree... with... everyone... else....

Silk flowers are nasty. My best friend's having them in her wedding. Gah! I'd rather have fewer flowers (more greenery, maybe?) than have the naty fake crap.

Do the wax flowers still look pretty up close? I've thought of that for my bridal bouquet, when I get married...

¤ ¤ credit: Jen | 10.02.02 at 07:18 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

i'm in the boat with everyone else. i do not care for silk flowers. if i'm going to have flowers in my house, i want them to be real. and i hate to dust, so why the hell would i want to add something to the list?

¤ ¤ credit: Camille | 10.02.02 at 08:41 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

do you think though...that as we get older and become our mothers (ack - sorry - it's inevitable) that we'll start LIKING silk flowers???

¤ ¤ credit: Tracy | 10.02.02 at 09:52 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'll confess. I have fake flowers on my dining room table right now. But they aren't fake roses. They are more of a mum-type of flower and you can't tell that they are fake. Plus I just like them for the color burst.

I have some fake peach-colored roses though that at least 20 people have attempted to smell when they saw them. They look that real. I've had those for at least 10 years now, but only put them out from time to time.

So ... I guess I'm the loser with the fake flowers. ;) But when you're single, no one brings you the real ones! (I've been known to treat myself though!)

¤ ¤ credit: Christine | 10.02.02 at 10:54 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Christine, you totally HAVE to treat yourself if you don't have a wonderful man (Like Todd) to bring you roses. Besides, there have been some great rose deals in the last few months. Like, a dozen for $4.99! (I bought two dozen.) Granted, they die in like two days, but still, they looked gorgeous!

¤ ¤ credit: Tracy | 10.02.02 at 11:26 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'm definitely a "real-flower" kinda girl. Back when I was walking home from work frequently, I would stop at the local grocery store and pick up a bouquet for my table.

That being said, I do have a silk flower arrangement in my bathroom downstairs. I made it, and didn't make it to look real :giggle: Just made it to look pretty. And then I have tons of dried flowers around, too - including almost all the flowers from my wedding that are dried.

Maybe I'm just a flower person all together. But real flowers are the best IMO!! :)

¤ ¤ credit: kristine | 10.02.02 at 02:21 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

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