Heels – Summer Flowers
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!
Thorne – Black-eyed
susans because they make me smile.
reason. I just love their giant poofs of color and their ability to
change color if you adjust the soil pH.
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.
Phillippe – Birds
of paradise (not sure if they are a summer flower) have a special place for me,
as well as starburst lilies.
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.
H. Goldstein – Yellow Roses and Daisies because I like the contrast of the
power of the rose
and the delicacy of the daisy.
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.
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.
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
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.