Monday, March 9, 2009

Lá Fhéile Phádraig Sona Duit!

Or...Happy St. Patrick's Day, and with it, here come the green carnations! But how did green come to be associated with St. Paddy's day? St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish. In more modern times, the phrase "the wearing of the green" meant wearing a shamrock on your clothing.

In reality, St. Patrick's Blue was the first color associated with him. The change probably started sometime in the mid 1700's.

Today, the green carnation is the most popular choice of flower to wear on your lapel. But there are many other green flowers that would work well, too.

Bells of Ireland, appropriately! (Too large for your lapel but beautiful in a vase!)

That gorgeous lime green spider
mum,and the cute little pom
known as "Kermit".

There are even some gorgeous green roses! And no, these are not dyed!
And a lovely green decorative cabbage, that sometimes looks like a rose, itself!

Did you know that the city of Chicago tints the Chicago River green every year to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Now, that's alot of glas!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day from the Northerners to the Southeners!
~ The Newcombes