Flowers and Flags

That’s what late June and early July are all about in essence:  flowers (mostly roses) and flags. This particular year, even more so regarding the latter. I worked on my garden quite a bit during this mostly sunny week, and I was so happy to wake up to hard-driving rain this morning because it meant I could have a Sunday day of rest–or laundry. Much of the garden is in full flower, but as I’ve been going for interesting leaves rather than short-lived flowers over the past few years green dominates. I think I went a bit too far in this direction so I introduced some interspersed old-fashioned mallows in the central garden this year, and I think they provide a nice pop of color. But mostly it’s about roses, which I have yet to master and probably never will–but even a fool can grow roses in June (July and August are quite another matter). Now for the flags: we usually have a full range of flags flying on Chestnut–from standard and more unique versions of the stars and stripes to the Hawaiian flag at the Phillips House to the rainbow flag, flying for last week’s North Shore Pride Parade but obviously bearing even more resonance now. I like to display my great-great-grandfather’s 45-star memorial flag on the side of the house, but it’s “flying” in the front parlor until the weather clears up. If anyone knows a good source for (cotton) reproductions of historic flags, please let me know: I’d like to buy a 24-star flag, the official version when our house was built in 1827. There was a more jarring display of flags last week, fortunately only digital, when The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore used a photograph of Hamilton Hall (just next door!) to create a “Confederate Flag Museum”: I’m including it here because it’s always good to remember that not everything is beautiful.

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Nightly Show Confederate Flag Museum

Late June garden with roses, roses, roses (only the yellow ones are mine: the rest are from the Ropes Garden and Flint and Becket Streets). Flags–real and fortunately NOT–on Chestnut Street.

Appendix: and even worse, someone hung a real Confederate flag on the Robert Gould Shaw/ Massachusetts 54th Memorial in Boston yesterday, and it remained there for several hours before a Lowell woman pulled it off:

7 responses to “Flowers and Flags


    I love your blog and all the articles. Salem is my favorite and I’m always inspired to do something similar. Right now I am in museums and would love to start a hobby on the side like this. I am curious did you start as a historian, in a museum, etc? I’m just wondering how you find these amazing resources. Needless to say I am jealous of this amazing blog. It is done very well. You do a wonderful job.

    • daseger

      Thank you, Rebecca. I am a historian, but teach at a university rather than work in a museum. This is just a little Salem-inspired sideline and it’s pretty easy to find resources and inspiration here. I’m pretty comfortable using various digital sources for teaching and research, so when I write historical posts that comes pretty easily too. I can imagine that you would find lots of inspiration in whatever museum you work in.

  • grammiepoet

    Try Hanna-Lore Flag Co. in Beverly –

    They have a pretty amazing selection and can apparently get anything they don’t already have! It’s worth going over to see this local business.

  • David Ringo

    You P.C. sisters need a history lesson regarding the Confederate flag and the South…..

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