One of my favorite early season flowers are “Blue Flags”. They are a member of the Iris Family that grow to be around six inches tall.
Blue Flags have a special memory for my family. They used to grow along the country road between my farm home and the one room school house I attended. My Mom’s birthday is May 4 and I remember picking Blue Flags for her on the way home from school one day.
Blue Flags have always grown in the flower beds around our farm. Recently my Mom told me that the Blue Flags in our garden were transplanted from along the road by my Aunt Dorothy when she was a little girl. Aunt Dorothy would have been 97 this year.
The Blue Flags in our B&B garden were transplanted from our home after my Mom moved off the farm a few years ago. So my Blue Flags have a bit of heritage from road-side ditch – to farm stead – and now to our B&B garden. I’m hoping to take some of the Blue Flags along when I go visit Mom next week.
This blog is authored by Marv Eggert innkeeper (and gardener) at the Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro, MN. The perennials are just waking up in our gardens and we are anxious to start planting annuals once frost is done.