St. Patrick’s Day celebrates all things Irish, and that means the beauty of many shades of green. At Robertson’s Flowers, we have the privilege of working with the florals, plants, and natural elements that exhibit nuances of this verdant shade in spectacular ways. This March 17th, we look forward to celebrating the “wearing o’ the green” in a different way, by covering Philadelphia in this soothing, vibrant color.
Did You Know? St. Patrick, a Christian missionary to the Emerald Isle, was not Irish, but British. But he so adored his adopted homeland – and they so adored him – that upon his death he was given a feast day to honor him, The rest is history. But as St. Patrick was “Irish by association”, so can we all be Irish on St. Patty’s Day. The most iconic green plant on St. Patrick’s Day is the shamrock. This little green clover usually exhibits 3 leaves and was the plant that Patrick used to teach his converts about the doctrine of the Trinity. The far less common 4-leaf clover occurs only about 1 in 10,000 plants – so you really would have “the luck of the Irish” if you found one!
Other green florals that you may wish to incorporate into your St. Patrick’s Day bouquets and arrangements are cymbidium orchids, hydrangea, roses, mums, zinnias, day lilies, and Bells of Ireland. Green trick dianthus and ivy are also often used to add bright color and texture to green floral designs. Color palettes for this holiday are primarily green and white, with yellow often added in for interest.
St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia means watching the big parade, drinking a bit of green beer, and eating corned beef and cabbage. Whether you prefer the bagpipes or an Irish ditty, this holiday gives everyone the opportunity to be Gaelic for a day. Don’t forget to wear green, or you may get pinched – and don’t forget to call Robertson’s Flowers to adorn your home and office with traditional Irish green!