By Guest Blogger Elizabeth at Gardening While Intoxicated
So what’s with all the flags?
This is something I’ve been wanting to vent about for a while, and the nice people at Garden Rant have given me the opportunity. Thanks!
For the past five years, the display of flags at all times—not just the normal patriotic holidays—has become a common sight up and down front yards throughout Buffalo, and I’m sure throughout your cities, towns, and villages as well. This is a personal choice. I sincerely hope it never becomes a governmentally-enforced imperative. (I mention this because last month I received several emails urging—nay, demanding—that I display a flag.)
Its symbolism aside, I do have to remark that the United States flag is a questionable garden ornament at best, as apt to be overused as any other artificial element in the garden. The image above is a pretty good example of the stars and stripes run amok in the domestic landscape. What are we proving here? Why bother planting a garden at all if you intend to undermine its aesthetics to this extent? Again, there is no question that anything can be overdone. It seems, though, that flags are being used in an unusually aggressive manner these days.
For that matter, I’m not too crazy about campaign signs—and now is the season for that—or any other random proselytizing in the garden. That’s not why I became a gardener. How about you?
Ok, rant out.Posted by Susan Harris on October 6, 2006 at 5:24 am, in the category Uncategorized.