This is one of my favourite times of year for morning walks. The perennial flowers are blooming in yards and the newly-added annuals are starting to take hold to offer their own flush of colour.

After I made a quick stop to get a photo of this Bearded Iris, my mind became occupied with trying to remember the names of women I know personally who were named after flowers. Such are the distractions when walking, but sometimes it’s almost like a form of meditation. As I recalled each name, I focused on my memory of the person, and tried to decide if their floral name suited their personalities .

I came up with Rose, Lily, Daisy, Violet, Ivy, Heather, Holly, Jasmine, and Iris.

In every instance, I was able to find a similarity between the person and her floral namesake. Do you know women with floral names? Do their names suit their personalities?

Unfortunately, I shot my feature photo in portrait mode. This made for difficulty in getting optimal sizing for WordPress display. I also spent a fair bit of time in post processing trying to get the petals more defined than they were in the original photo. The original was a bit over-exposed and sometimes that situation can be challenging, especially with whites that need definition.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet.”

William Shakespeare