The prior generation of children who lived in the house where I was born. Pink rose in foreground. My nephew titled this ancient family pic, "Sisters and Brudder with a bowl of Fleurs."
Daddy Mack's favorite flower was the lilac, hence the line of lilacs behind the house, blessed by the rising sun in the morning. As an adult, I took lilac suckers south to Atlanta, where they bloomed sporadically according to whether the winter had enough cold days. I would search for the tiny clusters of bead-like buds, hopeful of a fragrant cluster of tiny florets enough for a good whiff of lilac nectar. I was not surprised that lilacs were considered by several who took part in the poll to be the most romantic of flowers.
Not listed in the poll, but named in comments, were Lily of the Valley, Plumeria and Peonies. Autumn Belle mentioned peonies as an auspicious flower in a recent post and disclosed that she uses artificial peonies. Silk Peonies, which I find a wonderful idea, will be what I buy when next I see them on display.
Wisteria, Iris, Yellow Rose, Red Rose and Orchids each got 2 votes. White Roses and Camellias got 3 votes. I've already written about Pink Roses, the most favorite.
Blooming in June, Gardenias were the second most favorite.
Only 3 people chose Camellia as the most romantic. What is romantic about Camellias is the time of bloom, midwinter for many, when nothing else has blossoms. Cold took out many of my early blossoms. I missed the opening of first blossom on a seedling. I found the fallen bloom on the ground, and the dog ate it when I picked it up. Palest pink, with pink streaks, and bright yellow stamens, it isn't a prize winner, but it's my own. What makes Camellias less romantic is that they have no fragrance, unless your name is Camille and fragrance makes you cough because you are dying of consumption, as related in the book, play and movie, Camille and the opera La Traviata. More about that later.
Camellia 'Mathotiana' blooms were all ruined by the cold. Subsequent blooms have had ugly edges. The tightest buds will open soon and should be good.
Camellias are winter flowers here. Mathotiana before the freeze.
It was a fun poll. I consider all of them romantic. Lowe's had Primroses last Monday and I'd have bought some to line a path, but we were expecting freezing temps again.