A St. Patrick's Day Arrangement

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Shamrocks & Tulips

What you need:

  • 1 white Tulip plant - 6 inch pot
  • 2 green shamrock plants- 4 inch pot
  • 1 six pack of Mammoth White Hot Pansies
  • handful of gravel or small pebbles 
  • a white plastic garbage bag liner 
  • a garbage bag to protect surface planting on
  • a soup tureen
  • grape vine
  • garden twine

Supplies Used:

  • gloves
  • heavy duty scissors (99 cent store)

Steps: 4

Plant Cost: $17.99

Rated: Easy Arrangement

It's almost St. Patrick's Day and you've got to have green and white.  The large white tulips in this arrangement are surrounded by a rim of green Shamrocks and Mammoth White Pansies.  This arrangement is sure to get you in the mood for all things Irish.  The twisting Grapevine speaks of spring.  It stands about 17 inches tall and is 12 inches in diameter and so it is perfect for a front entry table.

And yes, Shamrocks are real plants.  Oxalis regnelli, the green leafed shamrock, has tiny white flowers.  If you would like to read more about the lore of shamrocks, this site is great:

http://www.finegardening.com/article/the-history-of-the-shamrock

If you're ready, let's begin.

 

 Here are you plants and supplies.

Here are you plants and supplies.

 Put a trash liner in tureen.  Put a handful of pebbles or gravel in.

Put a trash liner in tureen.  Put a handful of pebbles or gravel in.

 Loosen tulip root ball.

Loosen tulip root ball.

 Place tulips in center.  Tie twine around tulips to keep them together

Place tulips in center.  Tie twine around tulips to keep them together

 Build up dirt around sides of tulips so pansies will be at right height.

Build up dirt around sides of tulips so pansies will be at right height.

 Loosen roots of pansies and plant around tulips.

Loosen roots of pansies and plant around tulips.

 Like so.

Like so.

 Break shamrock roots to separate.

Break shamrock roots to separate.

 Separate carrot like roots and plant around the sides.

Separate carrot like roots and plant around the sides.

 Like so.

Like so.

 Look at these gorgeous Mammoth Pansies.

Look at these gorgeous Mammoth Pansies.

 See how dainty the little white shamrock flowers are.

See how dainty the little white shamrock flowers are.

 You are done.  Happy St. Patrick's Day.

You are done.  Happy St. Patrick's Day.