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Summertime Blooms

Now that summer is in full bloom, we would like to share some of our favorite flowers for you to be looking out for from your local farmer’s market to your neighbor’s garden and everywhere in between! They can be large and bright like dahlias and digitalis, or elegant and graceful like the oakleaf hydrangea and perovskia.

Digitalis, is commonly known as foxglove and is a biennial. The scientific name means “finger-like” and refers to the ease with which a flower of Digitalis can be fitted over a human fingertip. The flowers, produced on a tall spike, are tubular, and vary in color with species, from purple to pink, white, and yellow. At JBL, we often use this ornamental plant in our designs for its vivid flowers. The flowers can also possess various marks and leopard-like spottings.

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The dahlia is national flower of Mexico. The tubers were grown as a food crop by the Aztecs and were both gathered in the wild and cultivated. They used the long, hollow stems as water pipes

 

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The oakleaf hydrangea is one of our favorite garden shrubs. Look for it in bloom around town now. The foliage has a beautiful oak leaf-shape and an elegant, white conical-shaped flower head.IMG_7415   IMG_7412

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