Name Your Fabulous Spring Flower Challenge

Real Estate Agent with HomeStarr Realty RS143922A

What is my favorite spring flower? It is very hard to choose they are all so beautiful I love them all. Debe Maxwell, CRS  challenged us to write about it. April and May have been very dry months for us in the Philadelphia area. It was more like June and July as far as temperatures go. I hope that doesn't mean we are going to have a rainy Summer. Who knows the weather has been so unpredictable. 


Not many of my indoor plants survived the winter except my orchids which have not bloomed yet. I am sure they will soon as they look very healthy. My Ponytail Palm is now sitting outside and is extremely hardy healthy and happy.






My Petunias are one of my very favorites as they are hardy in our climate but also need a great deal of water. They also come in many varieties and colors. I like to have them in hanging baskets as my soil is full of rocks. I am right by the river and was very surprised when first trying to plant. I love to purchase them at Produce Junction in Bensalem. Today I went and they were taking them right off the truck. The prices were great, especially for the size and condition!  Turned out I left my wallet there and did not even know. The owner found it and called me. I went back Thanked him and purchased two more plants and some fresh asparagus.   





My very favorite are hydrangeas. When I was a child I called them snowball plants. They also come in a variety of colors and once they take root grow into beautiful flowering bushes. I love them so much that when "Dooney and Bourke" came out with a handbag pattern with hydrangeas flowers I just had to have one. The problem was picking which style I wanted there were so many to choose from 


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Comments (21)

Kieran Jackson
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills - Los Angeles, CA
Realtor®, SFR, U.S. Army Veteran

A few weeks ago, my favorite spring flower was the Red Pearl. I used that for the May Challenge. This past weekend I was in Tucson, AZ visiting family. We went to the Saguaro National Park, and I've learned about the Saguaro cactus. Now I think its flower might be my favorite. I'm still trying to decide, haha! The Saguaro is VERY INTERESTING.

Sauguaro Cactus Flower
All the best.

May 31, 2023 01:17 PM
Hannah Williams

 I assume Kieran Jackson it is a cactus flower. I have never had luck with cactus. That is a beautiful flower 

May 31, 2023 01:23 PM
Kieran Jackson

Yes, its the cactus that you can see in the background. The Saguaro. It only grows east of the Colorado river. It can take this cactus 10 years to grow half a foot tall. Its very interesting!

May 31, 2023 01:27 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Those are some beautiful flower pictures Hannah Williams . Dry periods are very hard to deal with. I don't like the expense of watering my lawn so I seldom do but if you don't the grass dies and all you have is weeds. That is what happened to us last year.

May 31, 2023 01:20 PM
Hannah Williams

Bob "RealMan" Timm I live in a condo development and we have gardeners but they are not doing their job. They let the grass in the middle of a section that needs to be whacked grow. I do not know what kind of plant they think it is but it is a weed. If I tell them to cut it they say no habla English 

May 31, 2023 01:31 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Hannah I hope you get some rain so more flowers bloom.

May 31, 2023 02:23 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

George Souto I think I have enough flowers  now but thank you for the good thoughts

May 31, 2023 02:52 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Hannah,
I have some Hydrangeas about that same color.

May 31, 2023 03:27 PM
Hannah Williams

Carol Williams I just love these flowers but this year the gardeners mowed them down and left the weeds. Go figure!

Jun 01, 2023 07:49 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The colors in your garden are bright and cheerful and are sure to bring smiles.

May 31, 2023 05:38 PM
Hannah Williams

Ed Silva They do bring me smiles and I do love the beautiful colors!

Jun 01, 2023 07:50 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Your flowers are as bright and beautiful as you, Hannah! LOVE that hydrangea - such gorgeous color. I forgot if that is alkaline or acidic soil that makes it that color?! I always get them to turn pink and still don't know what I'm doing to get them to 'match' the soil! LOL

I'm SO glad the owner found your wallet and phoned you - how lucky is that?! That was so nice of you to purchase a few more items too.

Thank you so much for participating in this month's challenge, Hannah! 

May 31, 2023 06:59 PM
Hannah Williams

Debe Maxwell, CRS Thank you so much for hosting this month's challenge! The Hydrangea I showed was in a pot, unfortunately, the one I planted the gardeners mowed down. I am hoping to plant this one if I can get through the rocky soil. If not I will give it to my neighbor, 

I was so lucky the owner found my wallet as  did not know it was missing and when I realized it was I would have been frantic 

Jun 01, 2023 07:55 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hannah Williams  my neighbors and I always grouse that flowers do not survive how is it that weeds can come through cement and other hard objects:))Endre

May 31, 2023 09:12 PM
Kieran Jackson

Weeds are shameless!

May 31, 2023 09:30 PM
Hannah Williams

Endre Barath, Jr. It seems to be a losing battle, isn't it? Those darn weeds. How is your beautiful lemon tree? I so wish I has a lemon tree. 

Jun 01, 2023 08:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Hannah... I adore hydrangeas... and mine are that beautiful blue/purple color. I like that color so much, my house is painted that color! I also happen to own that hydrangea handbag by Dooney & Burke and carry it all summer long.

Jun 01, 2023 04:56 AM
Hannah Williams

Nina Hollander, Broker I have one too!

Which style do you have? helpfulhannah

Jun 01, 2023 08:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Hannah Williams I have the satchel style, which is my favorite style of handbag in general.

Jun 01, 2023 08:09 AM
Hannah Williams

Nina Hollander, Broker I am sorry I did not get the small cross body as when I go shopping this style is my go-to bag now a days 

Jun 01, 2023 09:30 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Hannah Williams I have one cross body bag and hardly use it... just don't like having something hanging across me like that.. and if I put everything in it I need, it's just too heavy around the neck.

Jun 01, 2023 01:12 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm so glad your wallet was returned! Phew!

And the flowers are so pretty - thank you for sharing!

Jun 01, 2023 05:07 AM
Hannah Williams

Kat Palmiotti  Oh my the worse part was that I had no idea I lost it!

Jun 01, 2023 08:03 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I do love hydrangeas.  It is cool how they can be blue or pink depending on the soil. 

Jun 01, 2023 06:12 AM
Hannah Williams

Ray Henson They can even be white! I love them in a vase! 

Jun 01, 2023 08:04 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have always enjoyed the look of hydrangeas as well and the ones you have pictured look stunning!

Jun 01, 2023 06:55 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Brian England  They are so beautiful in a vase and later in the fall dried out. 

Jun 01, 2023 08:06 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

The photos of your flowers are really special, Hannah.  I especially like the Hydrangeas. They remind me of my mother.

Jun 01, 2023 05:32 PM
Hannah Williams

Myrl Jeffcoat  I am happy you thought of wonderful memories of your Mother these are the best we can have 

Jun 02, 2023 09:05 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hannah, gosh, usually the East coast receives more rain, but we have been VERY wet.   Your flowers are gorgeous!

Jun 02, 2023 06:43 AM
Hannah Williams

Joan Cox  The April Showers just did not appear it was sunshine and warm temperatures. I am hoping we do not have a rainy summer 

Jun 02, 2023 09:07 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

We used to call them snowball flowers too Hannah. You have a great variety of blooms and they look like they are all doing well!

Jun 02, 2023 06:57 AM
Hannah Williams

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  They make such nice flower arrangements in the fall. Mine just do not grow the soil is too rocky plus the gardeners keep mowing them down 

Jun 02, 2023 09:09 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Hannah, for sharing your photographs.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Jun 02, 2023 08:00 AM
Hannah Williams

You also Roy Kelley and thank you for stopping by 

Jun 02, 2023 09:10 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Hannah,

I don't see many Hydrangeas in my neck of the woods!  That is a beautiful plant.  I see why you like them. 

Jun 02, 2023 03:35 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

good morning Hannah Williams,

I love the variety of flowers you have but I'm really taken with the hydrangeas you have..what a gorgeous color!!!

Jun 03, 2023 09:05 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

My in-laws have a Snowball Bush at their house and it the flowers are white and so gorgeous and captivating when in full bloom! Your photos are lovely and so is the design on your designer handbag, Hannah.

Jun 07, 2023 05:47 PM