Before the last sands of August slip through the hourglass,
I wanted to mention the symbolic flower for August.
It's the gladiolus.
The gladiolus is a long-stalked plant with large opened trumpet flowers
that sport a ruffled edge and an assortment of vibrant colors.
They are beautiful and delicate, given to falling over when their blossoms are full--
kind of like a Victorian lady on a fainting couch.
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So to me, glads just don't seem like an appropriate choice for August.
They seem like more of a late May, early June kind of flower.
Gladioli are just too refined and frilly to symbolize
the rough and tumble, the grit and sweat of hot August days.
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August needs a flower that's bold. Something orange or golden yellow,
something that defies the heat of the season and the scorching summer sun.
Maybe a sunflower that grows straight and upright along fields awaiting harvest.
Or coneflowers, with their crew-cut seed heads
and petals down around their prickly necks.
Perhaps even an Indian Blanket flower.
I've seen them co-mingling with sand burrs near the beach
and growing out of the burning hot sand along a Florida sidewalk.
Now that's a rugged flower.