Flowers of Memorial Day

Majestic Iris

The first blooms of summer herald Memorial Day in my memory–clove-scented peony, Dames Rocket, roses…but especially the regal heads of Iris.

Iris are easy to grow and return faithfully each season.  They are an old and common standard in Zone 5 gardens, but not to be taken for granted.  The glorious heads are orchid-like, vivid and fragile in beauty. 

I recall cutting the firm straight stems of iris to decorate the graves of family on Memorial Day, a  rather bittersweet first holiday of the season.   This ritual is tender in memory but strong in tradition.  Like the  iris…fragile in flower yet sturdy on the stem…a perennial and stalwart bloom  standing sentinel in the early garden.

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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