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Flag Day is just around the corner. Its a day where we proudly display our Nation’s flag. In the United States it commemorates adoption of the US flag on June 14, 1777.

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In the garden sector there is also a flag. Iris versicolor is also commonly known as the Blue Flag. The flower stands for faith, hope and wisdom.

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In Ancient Greek lore Iris was the messenger between Heaven and Earth. Iris translated as rainbow. This flower can be found in many colors. Blue Flag Iris contain both ends of the spectrum just like a rainbow. If you think about a rainbow’s reach it makes sense, too. Like rainbows, iris can be found worldwide.

It is also the state flower of Tennessee, and the Fleur-de-lis is the emblem for the city of New Orleans.

The flower blooms from May to July. A lovely transition from spring to summer.

Iris grows from a rhizome which is cousin to tubers and bulbs. These rhizomes grow best in a sunny location with less watering and dry soil. Divide the clumps every 3 to 4 years.

Ground Iris rhizomes are sold as orris root. This powdered form is used to retain scent in potpourri and perfumes. The powder is highly toxic if ingested. 

 

 

 

 

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
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