Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Clicking Our Heels - Summer Flowers

Clicking Our Heels – Summer Flowers
It’s summer and the flowers are blooming. We all have different favorites – and some of us even have a reason behind our choices.
Lynn McPherson - I like lilies--all sorts. They bloom every year and produce big, colorful flowers--can't beat that!

T.K. Thorne - Black-eyed susans because they make me smile.

Bethany Maines - Hydrangas.  No particular reason.  I just love their giant poofs of color and their ability to change color if you adjust the soil pH.

Kay Kendall - To survive in Houston's summer heat, a plant has to be tough. Of those types that can take it, my favorite is the zinnia. Its flowers attract butterflies and are excellent for cutting. Zinnias come in shades of red, orange, pink, yellow, and white and bloom from spring through fall.

J.A. Phillippe - Birds of paradise (not sure if they are a summer flower) have a special place for me, as well as starburst lilies. 

Dru Ann Love - I’m not much of a flower person – especially since the smell causes me headaches. But I do like the look of them all.

Debra H. Goldstein – Yellow Roses and Daisies because I like the contrast of the power of the rose
and the delicacy of the daisy.

Judy Penz Sheluk - Lilacs because I love the smell. Lupines by the side of the road at our camp on Lake Superior because they thrive despite the harshness of the winters there.

Julie Mulhern - I love the pop of bright red geraniums.

Cathy Perkins - I have to pick just one? I love flowers, but one of my current gardening challenges is the deer eat everything. So I've decided I absolutely love lavender. Although the deer are also leaving the day lilies alone. 
Shari Randall - I'm very partial to lilacs. There was a giant, old lilac in my childhood home's backyard, so big that there was a space inside it just big enough for a few friends to fit inside. It was the secret clubhouse for me and my neighborhood pals. The scent always brings me back.

Linda Rodriguez - I love peonies and the plain old ditch lilies that all of the fancy daylilies come from. I'm a huge flower lover so it's difficult to pick a favorite. There is also Rose of Sharon, the American hibiscus, that hummingbirds love, and naked ladies, the American Amaryllis. I suppose I could just go on and on, but I'll stop there.

Mary Lee Ashford (1/2 of Sparkle Abbey) -   My all time favorite flower is the Bird of Paradise but I've not been able grow them here in the Midwest. These exotic flowers are bright orange and blue and I love the contrast of the colors and the elegance of the plant. 


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