Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Green - Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day

In anticipation of warm spring days I remembered the shamrock plants overwintering in the garage.
I decided to bring them into the house, warm them up a bit, give them a punk haircut, shower them with love and interesting conversation.

It was my goal to have new foliage by St. Patrick's Day.
If you look closely there are signs of life even on day one.

Week one reveals a bit of progress.
My research on the Shamrock plant (Oxalis) reveals the plant is actually a native of South America.
It grows from a bulb. I have been growing Shamrocks for years now. I don't even remember where I got my start. They are very easy to grow. Avoid hot temperatures and direct sunlight and keep the soil moist. The bulbs multiply. There is plenty of information about growing them on the internet if you are interested. There are several varieties to choose from. Yes, you can kill them but they will come right back with a trim and water!

-Week Two-
I love the purple color on the back of the foliage.

Sweet little white blooms spring up quickly.

-Three Weeks-
The leaves fold up during the night.

After one month my shamrocks are ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

May joy and peace surround you, contentment latch your door, and happiness be with you now and bless you evermore! (old Irish blessing)

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