Sunday, May 23, 2010

Iris, the Root of Normandy

Iris, a beautiful flower for which Normans found a very practical use. Plants develop strong root systems that hold together the ridge of traditional Norman thatched houses (chaumière). That's why irises often can be seen on top of cottages (see in the photo below).

Sent by Francesca Bostock, the Manche

Chaumière normande (St Sulpice de Graimbouville) - a Norman cottage.

Photo from Wikipedia.

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