On St. Patrick's Day in Denver, my secret garden typically has some green grass. Just before the spring equinox, St. Patrick's Day signals the last phase of winter for many landscapes. Traditionally, many gardeners plant peas on St. Patrick's Day.
And I also discovered that the Irish have green thumbs. They enthusiastically cultivate annuals. To my delight, I discovered in every city and hamlet, hanging baskets dripping with colorful flowers, window boxes and whiskey barrels overflowing with blooms, beds and borders crowded with showy blossoms.
I also discovered an ancient wonder, a secret garden, and many other delights.
To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, here are links to my Irish articles:
• Tea Whiskey and Guinness aren't the only drinks of Ireland.
• Oxalyis, shamrock substitute These plants make pretty houseguests.
• My Wild Irish Rose and Other Flowers of Ireland: A Slideshow Move over, shamrocks: the Irish have green-thumbs, and their gardens are proof.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you and yours.
••• "Cultivate your corner of the world.
You grow your garden; your garden grows you." •••
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