What flowers do you like? When was the last time you gave flowers to somebody? What flowers have special meaning in your country? Have you ever planted any flowers?
Fanatic (noun) - a person who is extremely interested in something, to a degree that some people find unreasonable.
Be in bloom - to be producing flowers.
Allergy (noun) - a condition that makes a person become sick or develop skin or breathing problems because they have eaten certain foods or been near-certain substances.
Averse (adj.) - strongly disliking or opposed to.
Few and far in between - not very many or not appearing very frequently.
Florist (noun) - a shop that sells cut flowers and plants for inside the house.
Aesthetic (adj.) - an aesthetic object or a work of art is one that shows great beauty.
Thistle (noun) - a wild plant with sharp points on the leaves and, typically, purple flowers.
Rugged (adj.) - (of land) wild and not even; not easy to travel over.
Universal (adj.) - existing everywhere or involving everyone.
Potted plant (noun) - a plant that is grown in a pot.
Questions and answers
M: Flowers. Rory, do you like flowers?
R: Well, I'm hardly a flower fanatic, but I don't mind having them around. Unless there are many of them in full bloom, that can affect my allergy sometimes.
M: What flowers do you like?
R: I'm not averse to any kinds of flowers, really. I like them all to be honest. Well, unless, like I said, they're ones that make me sneeze. But those times and varieties are few and far in between.
M: When was the last time you gave flowers to somebody?
R: I remember it like it was yesterday, actually, because it's quite unusual for me. I bought my other half flowers in his favorite color about halfway through this year. I don't do it very often. And I can't remember the occasion. I just thought it would be a nice idea. Because I was walking past the florist next to the gym.
M: Do you like sending flowers to others?
R: Oh, I prefer something more practical over what's aesthetics, since I like helping people and so this tends to be easier to manifest by providing helpful things. But I think flowers are okay from time to time.
M: What flowers have special meaning in your country?
R: Well, the thistle is our national flower, although I'm not really sure why. There's a story behind it somewhere, but it escaped me. Heather is also associated with the more isolated and rugged parts of Scotland. Roses are seen as romantic. But I suppose that's more universal than nationalistic.
M: Have you ever planted any flowers?
R: Oh, God, not for a very long time. I think we had potted plants that we grew and planted in the boy scouts, but that would have been over two decades ago. I've definitely not planted anything since then.
M: Rory, thank you so much for your flowery answers!