Friday, June 24, 2011

Wild Prairie Rose state flower of Iowa

Good day!

Canada, gardens, Epcot, WaltDisneyWorld, Florida, USA

Today I will be exploring
the official flower of June:

the Rose

The wild prairie rose, or rosa pratincola,
is the state flower of Iowa.
So, I will be exploring the prairie rose, and the state of Iowa.

The Iowa Legislature designated the Wild Rose as the official state flower in 1897. It was chosen for the honor because it was one of the decorations used on the silver service, which the state presented to the battleship USS Iowa that same year. Although no particular species of the flower was designated by the Legislature, the Wild Prairie Rose (Rosa Pratincola) is most often cited as the official flower.

Wild roses are found throughout the state and bloom from June through late summer. The flower, in varying shades of pink, is set off by many yellow stamens in the center.

Donna Reed (January 27, 1921 – January 14, 1986)
was an American film and television actress. She was born in Denison, IA (abbreviation for Iowa).


Glenn Miller (1904 - 1944) Bandleader and Composer of many famous songs including “In the Mood”, and Moonlight Serenade”; born in Clarinda, IA. He disappeared over the English Channel in late 1944.

Carrie Chapman Catt (1859 - 1947) She led the campaign that ended with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution allowing women to vote; lived in Charles City. In 1919, Carrie Chapman Catt led an army of vote-less women to pressure Congress to pass the constitutional amendment giving them the right to vote. Due at least in part to her organization and leadership, the bill became law within eighteen months. With the battle that had consumed nearly all of her time and energy for almost half her life won, Catt went on to devote the next 25 years to work for peace as the basis of human rights. Catt was one of the best-known women in America during the first half of the 20th century. In spite of this, her contributions have largely been obscured by history.

Johnny Carson (1925 - 2005) Comedian that hosted The Tonight Show for 30 years; born in Corning, IA.

Here is a simple (!) scherensnitte design. I think the flower looks like a wild prairie rose.
If  you haven't changed your x-acto blade recently, or after a few cuttings, do it now! I am always amazed how much easier the cutting goes with a fresh blade!

Store your dull blades in a film canister, bandaid tin, or baby food jar with a lid.
Throw them in the trash this way,
and you won't have any accidental rips
 in your trash bag (or arms!).

Same method works for used sewing needles.

I discovered there actually is a rose called 'China Rose',
but I thought this one looked close enough to a wild prairie rose
to include it today!

Ann Landers, columnist, Sioux City, IA. Ann Landers was a pen name created by Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ruth Crowley in 1943 and taken over by Eppie Friedman in 1955. For 56 years, the Ask Ann Landers syndicated advice column was a regular feature in many newspapers across North America. Due to this popularity, 'Ann Landers', though fictional, became something of a national institution and cultural icon.

  vintage postcard

Next up is the Iowa official state song.

“Song of Iowa” is sung to the tune of "Tannenbaum".
Adopted as official state song June 20, 1949
Written by S.H.M. Byers

“Song of Iowa”

You asked what land I love the best, Iowa, tis Iowa,
The fairest State of all the west, Iowa, O! Iowa,
From yonder Misissippi's stream
To where Missouri's waters gleam
O! fair it is as poet's dream, Iowa, in Iowa.

See yonders fields of tasseled corn, Iowa in Iowa,
Where plenty fills her golden horn, Iowa in Iowa,
See how her wonderous praries shine.
To yonder sunset's purpling line,
O! happy land, O! land of mine, Iowa, O! Iowa.

And she has made whose laughing eyes, Iowa, O! Iowa.
To him whose loves were Paradise, Iowa, O! Iowa
O! happiest fate that e'er was known.
Such eyes to shine for one alone,
To call such beauty all his own. Iowa, O! Iowa

Go read the story of thy past. Iowa, O! Iowa
What glorious deeds, what fame thou hast! Iowa, O! Iowa
So long as time's great cycle runs,
Or nations weep their fallen ones,
Thou'lt not forget thy patriot sons, Iowa, O! Iowa.

S.H.M. Byers inspiration is recorded:

"At the great battle of Lookout Mountain I was captured (he was a Northerner, or Union soldier), in a charge, and taken to Libby Prison, Richmond, VA. (during the Civil War).
I was there seven months, in one room. The rebel bands often passed the prison, and for our discomfiture, sometimes played the tune 'My Maryland', set to southern and bitter words. Hearing it once through our barred window, I said to myself, 'I would like some day to put that tune to loyal words.'"

Many years later, in 1897, Mr. Byers carried out his wish and wrote a song to the music of Tannenbaum, the old German folk-song which the Confederates had used for My Maryland. The next night a French concert singer at the Foster Opera House in Des Moines sang the new song upon the request of Mr. Byers. The number was a great success and was encored again and again.

Iowa state bird (goldfinch) and state flower (prairie rose)

Iowa State Motto: Our liberties we prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain

nickname: Hawkeye State

Statehood: December 28, 1846, athe 29th state.

Origin of State's Name:  From the Dakota Indian word

"Ayuhwa," meaning "sleepy ones," referring to a tribe

living in that area.

beaded amulet purse by Suzanne Cooper. Design for sale.

I think this beaded rose would look like a wild prairie rose
if the center was yellow.
Suzanne Cooper has numerous bead designs available for purchase. She does great work!
Herbert Hoover (1874 - 1964) The 31st President of the United States; born in West Branch, IA."Food will win the war"' proclaimed engineer-turned-bureaucrat Herbert Hoover, with a tinge of self-promotion, as head of the U.S. Food Administration, the WWI agency responsible for feeding America's troops overseas. While cloaking his efforts in the comforting language of voluntarism, the nervous, high-strung food czar, incessantly smoking Havana cigars, used a mix of price controls, exhortations, constraints and propaganda to seduce the general populace into eating less and reducing waste so our fighting forces could get adequate food supplies. As chairman of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, Hoover orchestrated a massive emergency operation that provided desperately needed food to millions of Belgian and French citizens trapped between the German army of occupation and the British naval blockade. Hoover became a hero to legions of American housewives, middle-class professionals and businessmen, though farmers, livestock producers and middlemen saw him as a meddling, insensitive outsider, an image that dogged the future president all the way to the White House.
This lovely embroidery pattern is from
I have enjoyed her patterns so much,that I have just added her to my list of blogs that I follow.
Check her out! You might like her blog also!

Adrian Constantine (Cap) Anson (1851 - 1922) Known as the greatest baseball player of the 19th century; born in Marshalltown, IA. Cap Anson’s plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame sums up his career with admirable simplicity: "The greatest hitter and greatest National League player-manager of the 19th century." Anson helped make baseball the national pastime. He hit over .300 in all but three of his major league seasons, and upon his retirement in 1897, he held the all-time records for games played, times at bat, hits, runs scored, doubles and runs batted in. For much of his career, he also served as manager of the National League’s Chicago White Stockings (now known as the Cubs), winning five pennants and finishing in the top half of the league in 15 of his 19 seasons.

Cloris Leachman, actress, was born in Des Moines, IA.

Harry Reasoner, TV commentator, born in Dakota City (4/17/1923 - 8/06/1991) was an American journalist known for his inventive use of language as a TV commentator, and as a founder of the 60 Minutes program.

Okay, a little rant about blogspot righ now! It won't do the spacing between lines all of a sudden.
This really is not me!!!

Here is a pretty scherensnitte design to cut into an

envelope. Just slip a piece of colored cardstock or your

colored card, and it will show to the front,

making this prairie rose design beautiful!

Meredith Willson (1902 - 1984) Writer of the famous Broadway musical The Music Man was born in Mason City, IA.

Andy Williams singer, born in Wall Lake, IA. Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams (born December 3, 1927) is an American pop singer. Andy Williams has recorded 18 Gold and three Platinum certified albums. When Ronald Reagan was president, he declared Andy's voice to be "a national treasure". He had his own popular TV variety show from 1962–71. He also owns his own theater, the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

Henry Wallace (1888 - 1965) Vice President of the United States and secretary of agriculture during the depression; born near Orient, IA.

Here's a nice simple coloring page for you:

Well, I'm getting frustrated with the spacing issue, so let's close with a few beautiful pictures of the Wild Prairie Rose:

Have a beautiful day!



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