You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.
236 years ago today, the Continental Congress adopted the United States Flag. Using red, white and blue flowers you can create a floral flag in your own garden. If you have about 7 acres, you can go all out and plant 400,000 flowers to create a flag like this one.
The 2002 floral flag was 740 feet wide and 390 feet high and maintained the proper flag dimensions as described in executive order #10834. This flag was 6.65 acres and was the first floral flag to be planted with 5 pointed stars, each star was 24 feet in diameter and each stripe 30 feet wide. This flag was estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants with 4-5 flower stems each for a total of more than 2 million flowers. It’s life span was approximately 3 months and went to seed in early August 2002.
Aerial photo courtesy of Bill Morson
Floral flags still look good when a whole lot smaller. Larkspur, petunias and begonias are all good choices when planting your flag. Should you plant a flag, be sure to post some pictures so we can see!