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Quip From Childrens Book “The Tiny Seed”

In autumn, a strong wind blows flower seeds high in the air and carries them far across the land. One by one, many of the seeds are lost — burned by the sun, fallen into the ocean, eaten by a bird. But some survive the long winter and, come spring, sprout into plants, facing new dangers — trampled by playing children, picked as a gift for a friend. Soon only the tiniest seed remains, growing into a giant flower and, when autumn returns, sending its own seeds into the wind to start the process over again.

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Eric Carle‘s eloquent text and brilliant collages turn the simple life cycle of a plant into an exciting story, a nature lesson, and an inspiring message of the importance of perseverance.

About the Author

Eric Carle well-known creator of many beloved picture books for small readers and listeners, including such classics as Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, The Tiny Seed, Rooster’s Off to See the World, A House for Hermit Crab, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. He is especially celebrated for his unique ability to combine learning with pleasure. Children delight in the distinctive beauty of his illustrations — richly layered collages in glowing colors — and they love his entertaining stories, which invite them to make their own discoveries in a natural, joyful way.

Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle received much of his education in Germany. He is a graduate of the Akademie der bildenden KÜnste in Stuttgart, where he learned about Goethe’s color theory and complementary colors. Eric Carle has two grown children. He and his wife live in western Massachusetts.


Yellow Flag Iris


Yellow Flag Iris


Iris pseudacorus


The yellow flag iris bears between four and twelve bright yellow flowers on each of its branching flower stalks. This iris thrives in wet areas and when no flowers appear, this iris is present as a tall clump of grayish green blade-shaped leaves.

Planting Tips

The yellow flag iris can be propagated by root division in the late summer, after it has finished flowering. This iris can self propagate easily and is considered invasive in many wetlands around the country.


Iris pseudacorus, or yellow flag iris as it is commonly known, caught my attention because of its ability to survive and actually thrive in standing water. When I installed a fountain in my garden I selected this iris as an accent. I love how the strong vertical lines of the 4 foot tall foliage contrast with the flat surface of the water. My 4 Golden Orff fish spend their days in the roots of the iris and only venture into the open areas of water at dusk and through the night. If you have ever grown the yellow flag, you know that it is a vigorous grower to say the least. I have to divide the plants growing in a 3 gallon plastic bucket in my pool every other year.



Categoriesperennial, sun garden favorite, water garden

Bloom Coloryellow

Bloom Timemid- to late summer

LightFull Sun

Soilwet soil

Height2 to 4 feet