I suppose sunflowers would be the one flower that reminds me of Summer. One year I planted them in the vegetable garden - they came up - but as soon as they opened their massive blossom the squirrels would climb the stalk and start chomping up the flower. That has been the end of me planting sunflower seeds in the ground to grow them.
We feed the squirrels sunflower seeds so it is no wonder we see little plants coming up in various locations. Yes, the blossoms usually get eaten by the bushy tailed squirrels - but I suppose since I had nothing to do with the planting etc the squirrels can consider them their own private feast.
Today I was fortunate to catch some in bloom ~ probably tomorrow they will be gone. My Rose of Sharon plant has not died - seems to be just holding its own...so guess time will tell on it.
Some of the rest of my flowers are beginning to show the signs of continuously hot days. I water them all the time - but still some of the leaves are just drying up - mainly the hostas on the east side of the house. The ones on the north side are fine.
Summer is about half over - school will be starting soon for the schools in our area - where does the time go?