Spring is in the air—and so is the pollen.
Which brings us to the topic at hand: Blooms.
And since each of the three of us have a little something to share about this matter…
Let’s talk about it!
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Hilary’s Fair-weather Favorite » Wildflowers
I’m crazy about flowers of nearly all varieties, but I have always been exceptionally partial to wildflowers. Their vibrant blooms and against-all-odds hardiness lend a sense of drama to the landscape year-round:
» the summer fields of untended daisies and buttercups that wave along the roadside;
» the golden bursts of the Black-eyed Susan that brighten up a fall afternoon;
» the blue-purple wisteria that drapes its languorous bowers all over everything like something right out of a Faulkner novel.
Right now, though, I’m on the watch—and sniff—for that most fragrant of all flowering wild things: the honeysuckle. Its wafting perfume hints of the summer to come, and its delicate trumpet flowers growing with such force in such unlikely places is a lovely reminder that hope springs eternal. Especially from late April to mid-May.
Marcy’s Favorite Bloom » Hydrangea
The hydrangea bush bloom is a full, snowball-type bloom made from a group of little flowers. A mature bush can give you so many blooms that you won’t even notice if you cut several to bring indoors to enjoy!
The hydrangea’s nickname is Change Rose, most likely given because the acidity level of the soil can affect the color of the bloom. Other more fragile flowers would wither, not bloom, or require neutralization to help them continue to grow through a transplant into a different soil. The hydrangea is different, though, and its bold blooms will just change into another beautiful color, making the best of any soil!
Leigh Ann’s Summer Love » Crepe Myrtle
I enjoy the beauty of southern spring (cough-cough, sniff-sniff), but I have to be super-patient while I wait on my all-time favorite bloom. In fact, my treasured Crepe Myrtle needs to be pruned in late winter and early spring—to prepare for the glory to come.
What’s not to love about these glorious blooms? Spring blossoms have shown off for weeks, the pollen (southern snow) finally abates, and heat and humidity begin to take over our days. Then, when we are lulled into thinking the show is over, the Crepe Myrtle stands ready to impress.
And the best part? These beauties take the stage most of the summer and into early fall. Some call them the Jewels of the South, and I tend to agree.
What is your favorite bloom?
Please comment below to share with us!
» cover photo by Nancy Jo Childress.
» honeysuckle photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, originally posted to Flickr by (Bill and Mavis) B&M Photography.