by Kassandra Lamb (on behalf of the gang)
This post is part of a Spring Fling Blog Hop sponsored by our sister author, Kirsten Weiss. Below is a list of more fun and interesting posts about Spring!
We at misterio decided to do a group post about our favorite spring flowers and what they mean to us. This ended up evoking some interesting insights, emotions, and memories.
We’ll start with the newest member of our misterio press family, Gilian Baker.
My favorite flower is the daffodil. When I was a young girl, my grandmother had a big yard full of flower beds, including lots of these delicate yellow buds. Now, when I see them, I always think of her—she was so delicate and lovely too.
They are always the first flowers to come up and point their faces towards the sun in the spring. When I see daffodils and my first robin, I know spring has finally sprung! They don’t last long, but while they do, they bring me great joy.
I have to go with the big red and pink opium (shhhhhhh) poppies in my yard. These poppies will spring up from casually sprinkled seeds (my type of gardening). I received the original seeds for these flowers from a local woman who was growing the red ones in her yard.
Once I had the red poppies springing up in my yard, a strolling neighbor saw them and offered me seeds for pink ones, in exchange for seeds from my red ones. And so the beauty proliferated.
And we have another lazy gardener, Shannon Esposito.
Red Butterfly flowers (Asclepias) are my favorite. Mostly because their orange-scarlet flowers attract butterflies all summer long, but also because they thrive in our scorching Florida summers. All I have to do is sprinkle some seeds and leave them alone.
If my homeowners’ association allowed it, I’d have a yard full of wild flowers instead of grass!
(Then again, I should NOT make fun of lazy gardeners…)
My favorite flower is the hibiscus, although I’m fond of azaleas too, and roses… Actually, I love all flowers, but my garden only has a few that thrive (azaleas and camellias). I have a brown thumb, meaning I don’t kill plants right away (like a black thumb person does). Instead, I slowly torture them to death.
I like hibiscus best because they represent the subtropical climate of Florida that I love. Unforntualtey, I’m not quite far enough south to successfully grow them in my yard (and then there’s that whole brown thumb thing).
And another wonderful memory from Kathy Owen.
My fave is the common daylily. It’s beautiful, nearly indestructible, and it reminds me of my dad. When I was growing up, my dad would be driving and pull off along country roadsides, dig up some plants and stick them in his car (if a house was nearby, he’d ask permission first, to the bemusement of the people who saw the flowers as pretty weeds). Then he’d transplant them along our split rail fence until the entire back and sides were lined with them. And of course, they multiply like crazy, so he’d give them away to anyone who wanted them.
When Paul and I moved to our first house, he brought boxes of them to Virginia from Pennsylvania. He and I planted them behind our fence and in the flower beds. Years later, we had to reconfigure the backyard and extend the deck over a patch of those prolific daylilies. I tried to salvage as many as I could but ran out of room, so we decked right over the rest.
For three seasons they still pushed up through the wood slats, trying to bloom!
And last but not least…
Why I love the Iris? It’s purple. Yay!
And it’s just such a spring flower, reminding me of warmer days ahead.
How about you? What’s your favorite flower, and what emotional connections does it have for you?
And look what Kathy Owen made! A beautiful bouquet of our spring flowers here at misterio press…
You can check them out in our bookstore!
And here’s the list of other blogs participating in the Spring Fling Blog Hop!
Allyson Charles: https://www.allysoncharles.com/blog
Conniue di Marco http://www.conniedimarco.com/blog/
Gillian Baker: http://gilianbaker.com/blog/
K.B. Owen: http://kbowenmysteries.com/blog
Layla Reyne: https://laylareyne.tumblr.com
Kirsten Weiss: https://kirstenweiss.com/blog
Mona Karel: https://mona-karel.com/blog/
Misterio Press: https://misteriopress.com
Shannon Esposito: http://murderinparadise.com/blog-2/
Victoria De La O: http://www.victoriadelao.com/
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Kirsten WeissMarch 20, 2017 at 11:42 am
Last night I drove past a yard full of daffodils, and I knew it was spring!
Shannon EspositoMarch 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm
Daffodils are definitely the quintessential spring flower!
Gilian BakerMarch 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm
Ha! I’m lucky to have my one little plant showing it’s little face here. It got warm and everything woke up. Then it snowed (only a couple of inches). But my one hearty little daffodil plant is still hangin’ on!
Shannon EspositoMarch 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm
OH, I just thought of my other favorite spring flower…hyacinth! Their delicious sweet smell makes me want to eat them.
MonaKarelMarch 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm
in New Mexico my favorite flower is anything that will grow! I’ve become quite fond of hollyhocks but last year I discovered delphinium. Here’s hoping they made it through the winter!
Shannon EspositoMarch 21, 2017 at 8:23 am
I completely understand that…anything that will grow is my motto, too. I had to look up delphiniums, they are beautiful. But also toxic…which is quite interesting to a murder mystery writer. 🙂
K.B. OwenMarch 21, 2017 at 8:46 am
Ooh, delphinium is so pretty! I hope they made it, too, Mona!
Kassandra LambMarch 22, 2017 at 7:11 pm
Amen, Mona, to “anything that will grow!”
K.B. OwenMarch 21, 2017 at 8:48 am
I’ve never met a flower I didn’t like. Great collection! (And thanks for using my slapped-together graphic. It’s kinda amateurish by artistic standards, LOL).
Vinnie HansenMarch 22, 2017 at 12:59 pm
Right now my freesias are in full force. I choose poppies for this post, but for fragrance–freesias! And K.B. I love your graphic. 🙂