Happy Birthday to America the Beautiful!
Do you decorate the exterior of your home for the Fourth of July? I see a lot of exterior theme decorating for Halloween and Christmas, a little at Easter but not much for the Fourth of July.
I love the show of patriotism of homeowners who fly the flag year round. I remember in January of 1990 when the Desert Storm Gulf War started patriotism was nearly dead -- you couldn't find a flag in a store to buy as they stopped carrying them. But when the first American plane was shot down in the Gulf, and the photos flooded TV screens, American homeowners stormed the stores demanding flags. I never saw so many yellow ribbons and flags flying in my life. Patriotism certainly got off the back burner. My husband and I met following the first Gulf War where he flew jets for the Navy off an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.
If you ever get the chance to see a collection of historic flags in a museum, don't miss it. Amazing. And, so much you never knew.
What do you think of patriotic bunting? I think it is very fun but it is hard to find in stores or maybe I just get there too late and it is all gone. Here are a few photos of homes near me using bunting.
Here's another nice one.
And this one is very nicely done.
White picket fences and bunting just seem to go together like America and apple pie.
There are flags in all the front entry flowerpots.
This red front door and red Crepe Myrtle bush get in on the celebration.
Oops, the plants died, but these homeowners still show the patriotic spirit in the empty planters.
One of my flowerbeds with red Begonias on the left and white ones on the right.
On a hot July day, who wouldn't love to sit on this front porch in the rocker under the fan with the flag flying? Note the Haint blue ceiling on the porch.
I also want to show you some of Mother Nature's celebration in red, white and blue in my yard.
Red and white Dragon Wing Begonias and blue Evolvulus called Hawaiian Blue Eyes. Iron Crane was a Target purchase in 2007. He was originally black and I painted it white.
Here is a close up of the Hawaiian Blue Eyes. There are not many true blue flowers and even fewer that work well in patio pots. These close up at night and open back the next morning.
I just love Dragon Wing Begonias. They bloom heavy and the blooms stay on all summer.
Each spring I buy 12 flats of Dragon Wings and put them in all the beds. In October when it cools down, they are at their premium. There are three red plants in this front planter. In October, the plants will be six feet wide and four feet tall. Another look at the white ones below.
I also plant Rainbow Swiss Chard in my flower beds. It is great to steam as a vegetable. We just love it. Love the red stems.
I have other white and red flowers in my yard, but many bloom early in April so are long gone.
Hope you have a fun celebration and fly some flags! I'm going to keep my eye out early next year for that bunting!
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