"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Friday, March 17, 2017

Shamrocks


Okay, so they aren't green, but I did buy some green ones too.  These purple shamrocks are huge and I am going to plant them today.  What better day to plant them than on a warm, sunny St. Patrick's Day?

It is a big holiday in the US too.  They dye rivers green and have parades and celebrations.  I read that one of the things they do is drowning the shamrock, which is putting one in the bottom of a glass and filling it with beer or whiskey.  

The grandkids have gone to the farm for the weekend with their Poppa T. and took green clothing with them so they wouldn't get pinched.

I've heard Ireland is one of the most beautiful places on earth.  I named my first child, Erin.

Erin go bragh.

26 comments:

  1. Have a joyful day today my friend.

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  2. Simply lovely. And a tip of the Leprechaun hat to Ye, as well, me fair Colleen.

    Caro and I were just text-planning dinner---she set a lovely corned beef brisket out to thaw, awaiting the services of her new Presto-pan, and I have an enormous cabbage and some glorious golden Yukons. There's always a green cloth around somewhere, and little bits and bost from the china cabinets and holiday closets give us small treasures to scatter about.

    There are probably some "gold coins" in there which date back pre-grandchildren, if I'm not mistaken. Caro even brought us a soda bread and some Dubliner butter and cheese.

    All good things to you, today!

    r

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    1. You must be Irish Rachel. I must go there one day. I have heard so much about the beauty. Do you know I have never had corned beef? Have a wonderful celebration. I will be in the garden, and no little leprechaun better pinch me.

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  3. 'Tis good to be Irish. Visiting is on my list.

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    1. My friend even bent over backward and kissed The Blarney Stone.

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  4. Hello Donna,
    A very Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and your family. Please do visit Ireland and perhaps we can meet up for a coffee.
    We had a lovely parade in our town today with lots of delightful music. A great time to catch up with neighbours too at the local (pubs)
    Love your plant
    Helen

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    1. Wouldn't that be wonderful Helen. Maybe I could come take a painting class from you.

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  5. Happy St Patrick's day!
    The kids will have fun at the farm..have you been lately?
    Gorgeous shamrock..my Irish friend used to bring me one..

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    1. Thank you Monique. Not in a month. I'm going next week for my yearly physical :( and hauling back some antiques to put in my booth. I need to check on all my citrus too and I have a feeling it needs some TLC. My husband should be well worn out after this weekend as he has never had the kids by himself.

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  6. I like that purple, it has bigger leaves.

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    1. And they are perennial too. Love the plants that come back every year.

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  7. Wishing you a Happy St Patrick's Day! I have visited Ireland twice it is a beautiful country so green and the locals are also so friendly. Sarah x

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    1. Oh how fun Sarah. I heard that it is green even in winter. I'm sure it can't be more beautiful than where you live.

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  8. A very happy St Patrick's day to you. Love the purple shamrock. And I too hear that Ireland is beautiful.

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    1. Hope you are having a good St. Patrick's Day too. Though it is probably tomorrow there. :)

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  9. I adore both of the "Shamrock" plants. I need to see if I can get one of each color.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. And they come back. Love perennials.

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  10. I have a small clump of those purple oxylis too.

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    1. I believe you must have a bit of everything Ellen. Your gardening skills are awesome.

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  11. My 'St Patrick's Day' daffodils are in flower, but cold, wet winds a'blowing (very Oirish weather!) and I'm still skulking indoors. I watched a television programme last night, a documentary, 'Wild Ireland: The Edge of The World' a journey along the Atlantic coast by the natural history cinematographer Colin Stafford-Johnson. Absolutely magical, confirming that it is, indeed, one of the most beautiful places on earth. It's a two-parter, do try and see it if you can.
    Rosie Murphy xx.

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  12. I would love to since it is probably the only time I'll get to see it. I am fascinated how people live along those rugged coastlines that are so long. I went shopping today at the plant nursery and they had all their annuals out. It smelled wonderful and I couldn't resist some perennials but there will be more freezes until April 15 which is our last freeze average. Don't know what they will do with all their stock if it freezes.

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  13. Aren't those beautiful shamrocks! So you're planting all ready?
    I'd love to see Ireland and Scotland.
    Enjoy your Sunday:)

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    1. Yes, today will be 87 degrees and I'll be out there planting. I'm not putting out annuals yet. Our last freeze date is mid-April and I've taken that chance one too many times. It is a wonderful weekend.

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  14. Sending you belated Happy St Patrick's Day wishes, Donna. A week ago, the post-snow weather was so chilly that I stayed home (with my ice pack) rather than crossing Central Park to view the Fifth Avenue Parade. I do wonder how those marches kept from freezing. Next year will be warmer. xo

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    1. And to you Frances. Miss hearing from you. Hoping you are well.

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