Thursday, March 27, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Care and Growing of Shamrocks
All shamrocks are considered lucky and are worn and given as gifts on St. Patrick's Day. Several different plants are sold as Shamrocks. There is some disagreement as to the exact plant, but most Irish growers will tell you Trifolium repens, or white clover are most commonly known as shamrocks.
Trifolium repens, or white clover are perennial plants, growing about 4 inches high. Trifolium take full sun to part shade and like average water. They spread by rooting stems and can be used as a ground cover. White clover get white puff-ball shaped flowers in early spring and generally have three leaves. Indoors they like sun or bright light and should be kept slightly moist. In a 4 inch pot, they will probably need weekly watering.
Oxalis acetosella, or wood sorrel is another plant called shamrock. Oxalis is a perennial plant that grows about 5 inches high. They spreads easily by rhizomes and can become invasive. These shamrocks like part shade and moist, woodland conditions. Oxalis is commonly called clover and has white, five petaled flowers sometimes tinted with purple or pink. Oxalis is usually three-leaved. Indoors they like bright, indirect sunlight and somewhat damp soil.
Three leaved clovers are worn as protective amulets. They were used by St. Patrick to demonstrate the concept of the Holy Trinity while converting the Druids to Christianity.
Four leaved clovers are considered lucky and protective. They are said to help the wearer find treasure.
Some Irish botanists say the Irish Shamrock only exists on St. Patrick's Day.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Yes, it IS over 70 degrees outside, but it's the winds that get you. It's like being in a wind tunnel that has a glitch in the system. One minute it's 70 mph wind gusts, then it's quiet.
The air it calm and warm.
Then you'll feel a slight breeze...
Aahh, you think as the warm, desert-scented air caresses your face.....
Then BLAM. An 80 mile-per-hour gust blasts you. The wind chimes all slam together in a noisy cacophony that sounds like a body just dropped out of the ceiling onto the orchestra pit on Oscar night. All the instruments clanging together.
The limbs on my trees are waving in the wind. I can hear lawn furniture being batted around next door. The sound effects are straight out of The Wizard of Oz.
Which brings me to the point of this post. Don't forget to:
* Bring in or secure your lawn furniture.
* Close your umbrellas.
* Make sure smaller plant pots are secured from blowing away.
* You can weigh down your pots by watering them. They'll be dry from the winds, so they'll appreciate it.
To read my article about the Santa Ana Winds, drop by my AngelCityArt website...