Carin’ for the Green

first_imgWhy shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day? Legend has it that St. Patrick himself used theshamrock back in the fifth century to illustrate how three separate leaves united by onestem resembled the Holy Trinity. “The oxalis may be the native Irish plant,” Thomas said. Oxalis deppei is growncommercially. Varieties can range from bright green to purple leaves with white to rosypink flowers. “But it doesn’t like full sun. In fact, it has to have shade. It will take Georgia’shumidity and clay just fine, but not the sun,” he said. “Planting it just on the surface ofabout four inches of forest humus would be heaven on earth to a shamrock.” When you shop for a pot of shamrocks, look for plants with most of the stems standingupright with unopened, fresh buds. Shamrocks are indoor houseplants that prefer an east or west window. A southernexposure would be too hot for them, Thomas said. But shamrocks don’t have to stay inthe house. Faith and begorra, ’tis almost time for the wearing o’ the green. St. Patrick’s Day(March 17), a traditional Irish religious day, translates to parties and parades inGeorgia. But one tradition holds true on both sides of the Atlantic: shamrocks. Georgians can buy a true field clover, Thomas said. Or they can get Oxalis deppei, alsocalled the Iron Cross, which is patented as the shamrock plant. The third choice isMarsilea, or water shamrock. On St. Patrick’s Day, shamrocks sprout on lapels and decorate floral arrangements aswell as greeting cards, balloons, hats and clothing. In some Irish-American families, a gift of a pot of “gold” (brass or gold foil will do)filled with shamrocks brings luck to the recipient.center_img “If they’re drooping over the side,” Thomas said, “the plant has been water-stressed. Itshouldn’t have a lot of old flowers because it blooms a long time. Old flowers wouldmean it’s past its blooming stage.” The plant may lose all its leaves in the fall. But that doesn’t mean it’s dead. “Shamrocks can be easily propagated from bulblets,” Thomas said. “In spite ofdropped leaves, if the bulb is still white, it’s just quiescent, not dead. It will usuallycome back in the spring.” Thomas said indoors or out, you should water your shamrocks regularly. But don’toverfertilize them. Dilute liquid houseplant fertilizer by half and water it in about everythree weeks. “The plants sold as shamrocks in Georgia can be any of three types of plants,” saidPaul Thomas, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. The shamrock is found on Irish medieval tombs and old copper coins, known as St.Patrick’s money. The plant was even reputed to have mystic powers because the leavesstand upright to warn of an approaching storm. Its name is derived from the Irish”seamrog,” meaning “summer plant.” “If you plant it in a protected location, a shamrock can be hardy in Georgia,” he said.”Give it plenty of mulch so the ground doesn’t freeze solid. It will survive.last_img read more

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first_imgTHE GAA has shortlisted Colm McFadden for its Player of the Week accolade.Voting is online right now on the GAA’s official Facebook page.The St Michael’s player is facing competition from London’s Sean Kelly and Leitrim’s Darren Sweeney. You can vote for Colm now by going to the link below:Click on Colm to register your vote.  VOTE TO MAKE COLM McFADDEN OFFICIAL GAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK was last modified: June 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:VOTE TO MAKE COLM McFADDEN OFFICIAL GAA PLAYER OF THE WEEKlast_img read more