Lots of things symbolise the turn of the Irish summer from July into August but none more than the blooming of Montbretia in gardens and along lane ways and even by the side of the road.
It’s all about the colour, I suppose ~ the green and orange that are such fundamental parts of our Irish flag.
I’m not so sure that everyone knows that the Irish Tricolour was first flown in Waterford City for 8 days in 1848 by Thomas Francis Meagher, who was a Young Irelander.
The green in the flag symbolises Irish nationalism: the orange, Irish Protestantism and the white, the hope of lasting peace between these.
That white, for peace, is HUGELY important and nature serves up some lovely whites at this time of year. Nothing is more evocative for me than white hydrangeas:
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My GrandMum loved white hydrangeas. They were her favorite flower – and her ancestors were from Ireland.
There’s something truly special about them, Paul. I’m glad they bring you back to your Grandmother.
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May there always be a Peace present not only in Ireland, but throughout the world..It is within us to live peacefully with our neighbors”Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with ME”…Beautiful symbolism for the colors of Irelands flag…
Absolutely, Joni! We need peace everywhere.
What great connections to your flag!
I love the history and the photos. What a pretty flower!
Thanks for posting the flag photos, and information on what the colors symbolize – I’m always taking pictures of flags when I travel.