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Name: Bonnie Harris
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho (Zone 5a)
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TiaLee
Feb 7, 2015 6:25 PM CST
Hi- I know that we all adore (if not worship) irises here.

Some of us even have other "favorite" groups.

However, I have one group of plants that I simply cannot stand. They are completely boring to me and mostly plain ugly-foliage and flower. You could even go so far as to say that I just hate them. On the other hand, some people love these things so much they have practically nothing else. I will never understand it.

My hated flowers? Daylilies. Yes, you heard me.

Don't send assassins, please! At least I am being totally honest. And, I have a feeling, most of you probably have a group that you feel similarly about, soooooooo...

Anyone else up for confessing?
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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
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Moiris
Feb 7, 2015 6:43 PM CST
Cute puppy Tia, and welcome to the iris forum! Welcome!

I can't say I have a truly disliked flower...but there are some I avoid for certain reasons like the little spent flower on forget-me-nots that stick to everything, even though I like them for many reasons I choose to not grow them anymore, at least for now. Another that I just haven't found one I'm really happy with is African daisies. I have bought them, but never been impressed with the result. But I would not rule out the possibility of buying one again if I really liked the color, to give it another try in a different location. I have some daylilies which are struggling due to the hot summers and the sandy soil. It's hard to keep them wet enough.

But then I'm such a sucker for plants...I like just about anything that grows! Big Grin
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Feb 7, 2015 6:43 PM CST
Any daisy type flower, but especially the stinky ones like shasta daisy
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Feb 7, 2015 7:06 PM CST
I tend to not like things that are too invasive. I got something called an obedient plant once, and the darn thing just about drove me crazy. Worse then weeds. The first year it was fine, the second year they were coming up all over the place.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Feb 7, 2015 8:03 PM CST
My eldest daughter hates Sunflowers. She gardens and grows many different plants her favorite being lilies. She will not have even a cup or dish towel with a sunflower on it.
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Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Feb 7, 2015 9:03 PM CST
So Tom, your obedient plant wasn't being obedient... Rolling on the floor laughing

Mine is Oleander, pretty flowers, tough as nails, but extremely poisonous. That being said, I did buy one about 5 years ago, and to this day it's still alive and its still in its original black pot that I bought it in.
In second place is Vinca, been trying to get rid of if for years!
Barbara
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
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irisarian
Feb 7, 2015 11:17 PM CST
I dislike cone flowers. they look like daises which are wilting.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Feb 8, 2015 4:39 AM CST
I do not like the old fashioned Nandinas. They grew as a foundation plant when I was a very little girl. They would get tall and leggy and just looked awful. I don't like them to this day. And their roots make a six inch deep mat of tough underground green growth that you cannot dig up.

Barbara, I agree about trying to get rid of vinca minor. Someone planted it on the steep slope behind my house and it has been climbing upward for years. The roots send feelers out for yards before they emerge among my beds. It stays green all winter and blooms blue in the spring but it is such a hassle that I dislike it altogether.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
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Muddymitts
Feb 8, 2015 8:22 AM CST
I've been wracking my brain -- I can't think of a single flower/plant that I dislike. Except weeds. Shrug!
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 8, 2015 9:51 AM CST
I'm such a flower lover, it's hard to come up with any I truly dislike completely. I have never become a big Daylily fan though. Having said that, I do find some useful in the garden and nice combined with other plants, and among those do have a few that I wouldn't want to be without. I do have a dislike for the orange ditch lily species because they're downright invasive in my rich soil, and Stella d'Oro because I'm not big on the gold color and they're so common.

There are others I used to dislike, but have had a change of heart. Coneflowers is one, for the same reason Lucy mentioned- they just looked like a dying bloom to me. I started growing some to harvest for tincture, and have enjoyed them, especially since they're a butterfly magnet. Since then I've tried a few modern cultivars.

Even being an Iris enthusiast, I used to dislike browns, seeing them as dead looking. Nowadays I'm coming around to like them, just like to see them combined with complimentary colors and away from bright, clear colors.
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Feb 8, 2015 10:00 AM CST
Forget-Me-Nots. And especially English Daisies. I have been trying to root them out of my garden for years. They even pop up in the lawn in clumps. The daisies. The vinca seems to stay where I put it though I dug out a bunch under a huge spruce tree and put in some Bergenia. It grows really well here and is one of the first to flower then has lush leaves. I keep the dead stuff cut off.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Feb 8, 2015 10:27 AM CST
I don't hate any flowers, but I don't like Marigolds. Mostly because I don't like their smell, and maybe because they and petunias were just so generically grown in everyone's gardens when I was growing up.
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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Feb 8, 2015 10:30 AM CST
When i was young people used junipers for groundcovers, and hedges. Dont like those either.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
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Henhouse
Feb 8, 2015 10:48 AM CST
I've had some trials with Daylilies, and have been threatening to dig up some of them... but really, how can you dislike this:

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I used to be much more of a plant snob, and could have named a lot of common, overly used plants.. I too tend to dislike invasive plants... Oenethera berlandieri, golden bamboo, bermuda grass, Euphorbia characias, Euphorbia robbiae (don't get these in your eyes.. I speak from experience), Agave americana (don't back into one), Forget-me-nots (velcro seeds), Vinca major (minor behaves itself here), Tam junipers... the rose 'Mermaid' (nasty bitch of a rose, as is her child Happenstance)... I'm sure if I thought about it longer I could come up with more... Don't get me started on weeds now....
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Feb 8, 2015 11:01 AM CST
BERMUDA GRASS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Omigod how I HATE Bermuda Grass!!!!!!!!!!!!! Angry Angry Angry Angry
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Feb 8, 2015 11:10 AM CST
If they aren't TOO invasive...I like almost ant flowering plant....even dandilions and creeping charlie...the big trick is to not let them "take over" ! That said, if I could totally eliminate one flower from the world..it would be the Shasta daisy ! There seem to be a million seeds in each flower..and each seed grows !! I fought a "losing battle" with Rita over bringing them to the "new" house, knowing full well that in 2-3 years they would become a pest, and she would regret planting them....they have, they are, and she does Shrug!
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Feb 8, 2015 11:20 AM CST
She shoulda listened, Arlyn................. Sad
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Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Feb 8, 2015 11:38 AM CST
Funny, I live in Shasta County, and I don't have a problem of my Shasta Daisies reseeding. nodding

Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 8, 2015 1:12 PM CST
I hate any plant that I can't grow. Glare
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
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grannysgarden
Feb 8, 2015 1:13 PM CST
Bermuda grass is like a biblical plague here and we still have people who throw the seeds out to cover areas where they pulled motors and the ground is dead but Bermuda will grow so...... curses on their head. I hate privet. People who bring in the old Chinese honeysuckle just to smell the sweet fragrance in the springtime will soon find themselves buried in the stuff. However, it goes next door and down the road and into cemeteries and forests and.....
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......

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