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Sunday, June 5, 2011

I salute you, oh Spring

My mother and her mother called these spring flowers flags--a name you don't hear much anymore used for Iris. They, along with peonies (do you say pe-o-nee or pe-ony?), would make up the flowers carried in a 3-pound coffee can to place in the flower boxes at the graveyards on every Memorial Day I can remember. On the few early springs in Idaho, there might be a few tender lilacs tucked in too.
So, when I was driving along one day and turned onto a street appropriately named 'Rustic Road' there stood this battalion of flags at attention. I thought they deserved some recognition @ Today's Flowers.

16 comments:

jabblog said...

For us (in UK) flags are the wild yellow iris that grow alongside pools. Peonies - (I say pee-o-nees)are a joy that I cannot grow. Your Memorial Day rituals sound so beautiful.

Carver said...

They did deserve attention. Very beautiful and I love to see large stands of them like these.

Leora said...

I love irises. I always admire them. Lilacs are also great at this time of year.

Donna said...

They are Gorgeous! I should start some here...I never think of it!
hughugs

Snap said...

Beautiful ... the iris is one of my favorite flowers.

Judy said...

It would be wonderful to see flags like this growing wild...

Greyscale Territory said...

O how lovely to see a field of flowers like this! Very beautiful!

SandyCarlson said...

I never heard irises called flags, but I can see how they could be called that. Your photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing the memory.

LauraX said...

how I do love irises...just beautiful!

chubskulit said...

Looks lovely!!

Roses

i beati said...

exacrly what my parents did .oh the aroma love them

minor said...

These irises are very similar to Japanese irises. I am very impressed.

Arija said...

Ah spring . . . oddly enough I have one flowering here right now, in the middle of our winter.

Daryl said...

Those are gorgeous .. there were yellow iris growing in Riverside Park but this weekend they were past their glory, hopefully someone will dead head them ..

Ms. Becky said...

the story about the plant-filled coffee cans is precious and heartwarming. My grandmother did the same thing. nothing went to waste in those days, and most things were re-purposed. and...I recall hearing irises referred to as flags too!!! That is a most familiar childhood memory of mine, and but for you this would have been forgotten. I know of no one who calls them that now. aren't irises just the best? mine are all now blooming, and they are blue, yellow/violet, deep rust, and black. yeah, I planted the black ones a few years ago and this is the first season they're blooming madly. what a happy post, thanks for sharing Mary Ann. I hope you have a week filled with wonder and joy.

yellow flags said...

Brilliant patch of irises.
They would grace any garden,
Wish they were in mine :-)