Normally, I’m not much of a flower person. I like to receive them, of course, but tending and gardening are far from my strengths.
I was fortunate enough to inherit several patches of peonies when my husband and I bought our house. The opening of the peonies is the official start of my summer. Yes, June 1 was yesterday, but on Friday when my first peonies showed their full lovely blooms? That’s the launch of my season. I think they are my favorite flower—and not just because they require no effort from me save my appreciation.
Roses seem like the opposite of peonies. I have a neighbor who tends her roses, and there sure seems to be a lot of tending involved. Don’t get me wrong, I deeply appreciate her roses. They look and smell lovely. They seem worth the work. I’m just a gal who knows when a task is over her head.
My heroine Katrine from my current release THE LAWMAN’S OKLAHOMA SWEETHEART is a staunch optimist, and tries to grow roses in the Oklahoma soil. It’s tiny details like that which bring my characters alive in my head and hopefully in the imagination of my readers. Of course, that means the bad guy has to take Katrine’s roses away from her, but you’ll have to read the book to find out how, why, and how our hero restores that hope.
What’s your favorite flower? Is there one that “launches the season” for you?