Each Fourth of July the little flag from my childhood is brought out to celebrate this happy day for all Americans. This flag is special, not only because it has been around since I was nine years old, but because it has forty-nine stars. You can count them, seven rows of seven. It was made in the very short time span after Alaska was granted statehood, January 3, 1959, but before Hawaii joined the union on August 21, 1959. Yes, I was alive way back then.
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’, Hemerocallis ‘Not Rosie Meyer’, Zinnia ‘Red Spider’, Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Becky’, Veronicastrum virginicum, Commelina cyanea, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Dooley’, Lilium ‘Excelsior with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Monarda didyma ‘Raspberry Wine’, Echinacea ‘White Swan’ with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Campanula persicifolia.