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Last week Dave and I rode our bicycles with our son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter to Summerset State Park, about 6.5 miles from our home, following an old railroad bed. The ride is downhill going out, uphill coming home! While there, I took this picture of our state flower, the Wild Rose.

Wild Rose at Summerset State Park, June 2013

Wild Rose at Summerset State Park, June 2013

The rose was seen by early pioneers to the state and it continues to grow wild throughout the state. In 1896 the Wild Rose was selected as the motif for a silver tea set to be used on the battleship Iowa. On May 6, 1897 it was adopted as the state flower of Iowa.

Today the bushes often grow along country roads or in pastures. They grow to 3 or more feet tall and are covered with the pink blossoms in June. Later in the season, fruit, called “hips,” appear. The hips resemble small apples about a half inch in diameter and it is said that some Indians and perhaps early pioneers boiled the hips to make a syrup.

I didn’t know all this before I did the research. I only knew this is our state flower. Amazing!

 

Source:

Naeve, Linda, “Iowa’s State Flower – the Wild Rose” in Horticulture & Home Pest News, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, at http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1996/9-13-1996/wildrose.html

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Eight years ago we purchased several large terra cotta colored plastic flower pots to decorate our backyard for Randall and Megann’s wedding gift opening brunch. Since then I’ve used some pots nearly every year; some have seriously faded, some have cracked. This year I decided to attempt new life for ones in relatively good shape.

At first I thought I’d spray paint them, but for some reason the paint I purchased wouldn’t spray correctly. We returned that paint to the store. Then, we decided that I would try to brush paint them. I purchased one quart of high gloss exterior paint, the same color as the trim on our garage, for less than $15. I painted as many pots as one quart would cover. That turned out to be 5 large pots and 3 smaller ones.

These pots should last at least a couple more years! Less than $15.

flower pots 3

flower pots 2

flower pots 1

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Spring flowers

One of the advantages of retirement is that I have gotten to enjoy our spring flowers every day! We had many more of all of these flowers; these were just the most photogenic!

Mini-Iris

Mini-Iris

Blue Bells

Blue Bells

Daffodils

Daffodils

Tulips & Grape Hyacinth

Tulips & Grape Hyacinth

 

Our gorgeous crab apple tree in our front yard

Our gorgeous crab apple tree in our front yard

One of three azaleas. They must have been affected by last year's drought---not as pretty as usual.

One of three azaleas. They must have been affected by last year’s drought—not as pretty as usual.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

May Apple

May Apple

 

White Lilacs

White Lilacs

 

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