Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St Pat's Day, California style

Quick, it's St. Patrick's Day!  We need greenery!  How about a nice little corsage to wear throughout the day to prevent would-be pinchers?  One leaf of Eriogonum grande rubescens, one baby Malocothamnus leaf and a couple blades of Muhlenbergia rigens.  Add a ribbon, a pin and a small puncture wound from adhering it and you've got yourself instant California-Irish style.

As for plant of the week, how could I choose anything other than Redwood Sorrel or Oxalis oregana.  However, I have no experience growing this cutie- Redwood forest-like conditions?  Feel free to add your planting tips in the comments below. 

I'd love to do a proper corned beef and cabbage dinner tonight, but I'll probably just have a beer and make Irish Soda Bread to celebrate my 1/8th Scotch-Irish DNA.  Does that make me 1/16th Irish? 

Whatever your background, I wish you all a happy St. Patrick's Day! 


  1. I wholeheartedly approve of your plant of the week. I wish I could offer growing tips. Plant a redwood grove? It really only grows here on the east side of our redwoods, or near the creek below another grove mixed with some overhanging Bay. No direct sun, at most a smattering of dappled morning sun, but nothing fierce. I didn't plant it just runs rampant all on its own, and I'm so glad it does!

  2. Christine, what beautiful work you have done! I'm truly inspired. Can't wait to see more of your projects! All the best~

  3. We have redwood sorrel planted on the north side of our fence in a little strip of dirt about 6 inches wide between the fence and an unused driveway. It has shade most of the year from the fence, only direct sun now late afternoon and in the summer a big chunk of the day. It doesn't like that though. It seems to really like shade, water and room to spread. It also gets some redwood litter from a redwood 3 doors down.