I think my favourite flower of the summer is Crocosmia. Brilliant red usually, though there's also an orange variety, they are members of the Iris family and native to South Africa. They grow from corms, which are like bulbs, so they're easy to plant and care for. If they're winter-hardy here, they'll be fine wherever you are!
The stifling hot weather is continuing here, forcing me to change my routine and go for rides in the morning. It's all so different 'cause those patches of shade are on the other side of the street! For farmers it's becoming a serious drought. Hope you're getting more reasonable weather where you are, and I hope that climate change doesn't just mean weather will get more extreme in all directions!
Did you see that hail storm in Calgary in mid-June that turned into the 4th deadliest disaster in Canadian history? Makes you wonder what's coming next.