It may be a day before the real flag-waving, local parading, and fireworks launching is celebrated, but there is no holding back these blue flag irises (Iris versicolor). Last year--after four increasingly exasperating years of watching only foliage--these clumps kicked up a single bloom. This year, I had about a dozen beautiful blue violet blooms.
But these blooms, they make me feel like all of it--the watching, the waiting, the muck slopping, and the weed pulling--is worth it. A little quiet flag waving.