In my previous Flower Friday post, I asked readers what their favorite flowers were. Today I’m sharing photos of some of their favorites that I happen to have in my yard, along with one of my own favorites.
I was afraid I was going to miss the blooming of our azalea bush (a favorite of our friend Sue’s) when I was gone to BlogPaws in the middle of May, but when I got home it was going strong! I just wish they lasted longer.
Another favorite mentioned more than once was roses. Roses have never been one of my favorite flowers, most likely because I’ve always killed every bush I tried to grow. This house came with roses out front though, two summers in and they’re still going, so we’ll see what happens. What I didn’t realize until I went to take photos of these was that there are two different bushes there! I do have to say that the fragrance of roses is one of my favorites, after lilacs.
I had planted a clematis bush at our old house, but it never even came close to being as spectacular as the one here at our new house. It became one of my favorites then; and I’m loving it even more now.
The chickens like it too.
More than one reader cited peonies as their favorite flower, because of their beauty and sweet scent. I never had them before, and I also am hooked on them now. The sheer size of some of the blooms is amazing. While I don’t enjoy the scent quite as much as the lilacs or roses, it is definitely very distinct.
We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend, or just weekend if it’s not a holiday for you!
We might take an extra day off from blogging for the holiday, but we’ll still be here early in the week to wish everyone a happy one. Also, today is the last day to vote for either Luke or Cricket in the Jelly Bean VS Nosy Bean – Who’s the Most Active Dog? contest. I think Cricket is still just edging out Luke in votes, but it remains to be seen which of them is the most active. We will have those results and our full review of the Poof Bean after the 4th.
We are happy to be joining the Flower Friday blog hop hosted by Da DB Boyz.
Miss Harper Lee says
I love seeing all the beautiful flowers in your garden. We have azaleas here in New Orleans, but they’re light and dark pink, fuchsia, white, or a sort of coral/orange color. I’ve never seen a purple one like that. Oh, and ours bloom in March and very early April. They’re all wilting this time of year, just like the dogs and humans. 😉
Those azalea colors sound pretty, especially the coral. No wilting around here! Other than one hot spell, our summer has been on the cool side so far. I’d like it to be a bit hotter, but there’s never a happy medium, is there? 🙂
Jodi Stone says
You’ve got some gorgeous blooms there! We have a rose bush in our yard, and Hubby has taken to tending it. He snips and waters, and guides it on the pole he put out for it. He gets blooms every year!
Your hubby has a green thumb – that’s impressive! That may be why roses aren’t my favorite flowers, I prefer flowers that don’t require much work once they’re established. 🙂
Sand spring Chesapeake says
Your clematis is lovely! I used to have one growing on my front porch that caused people to stop and take pictures. For an introvert, it was kinda fun. 🙂
GROOVY GOLDENDOODLES says
I am impressed. I just started growing flowers on my front porch. Trust me, that’s a first. Yours are lovely.
Thank you! Your front porch is a great place to get started, and you might just find yourself getting hooked! 🙂
My mom would like to have some peony bushes, but not sure where we would put them.
Just about every inch of garden space here is taken up, so I have to use planters if I want to plant any annuals of my own! I want to add some forsythias but like your Mom, I’m not sure where we could put any.
Lynn LaChance says
So beautiful, Jan, what a treasure you acquired with these flowers!! Pretty amazing all the ones you have, and how great they are doing, awesome! Love the pics at the end too of Mr Luke popping up in the window-and I didn’t even notice the chicken in the first pic, til one of your readers commented on that-ha-ha yes!
Brian Frum says
Your flowers are sure pretty and the photos are wonderful. Have a super weekend everyone!!!
How I wish I had a green thumb!
The Island Cats says
Beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing them with us.
I tried not to crack up at Luke lurking in the window behind the unsuspecting chicken … but I failed. 🙂
We call him a “crocodile” with just the eyes and top of his head showing. LOL
Really lovely photos. You have a beautiful garden! Those roses look like heirloom varieties to me 🙂
Thank you, Sue! Good to know about the roses!
Monika & Sam says
Your favorites are mine too! Absolutely love peonies and clematis,’ they are so gorgeous. Don’t get to see azaleas outside like that-love their color. No wonder you enjoy them. Happy weekend!
Beautiful flowers – one of my two favorite things about summer (the other being all the varieties of fresh fruits)! But my favorite picture is of Luke standing alertly at the window – precious!! <3
Yes, fresh fruits and veggies are definitely the other best thing about summer!
M. K. Clinton says
Your flowers are fantastic!! Our azaleas bloomed in February this year since we virtually had no winter.
Shadow and Ducky's Mom says
Aw, thanks for the shout-out! Your azalea is beautiful! Ours are showing their age, although being backed into and run over by truck tires doesn’t exactly help either. ????
Yeah, that’s not to healthy for bushes….LOL!
Those are all gorgeous. I love clematis.
The clematis seems to last a lot longer than some of the others too…it is still going with new flowers opening every day.
I agree with you… roses are always eyecatcher and they are never dated or old-ish… they are beautiful and they have something special we feel inside of us when we look at them or when we smell their scent :O)
When I was a child, we used to have these little dolls that were named after flowers, and “Rosebud” is the only one I remember (I think they were scented too!).