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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘shamrock’
Posted: March 7th, 2014

Relish shamrockCheck out this cool beach-glass shamrock pendant from Relish in Erie. You can see it and more here.
If you want to buy something green for Saint Patrick’s Day, you can buy more than green beer. And something that lasts longer!

Jewelry is available in shamrocks, claddagh and trinity pendants, rings and earrings. It’s a great idea for kids and adults.

Or, get a shamrock plant

Last year, I learned that the 3-leafed shamrock is a symbol for the Holy Trinity. I’ve had a few of shamrock plants. The varieties that I had bloomed with beautiful white flowers all year long, and they thrive outdoors. I found mine at Wegman’s for as little as $4, and if I would remember to water them, mine would still be healthy. My first one grew as big as a shrub outside. Here’s a link to a story that Sue Scholz wrote in 2013 about the various shamrock plants available and how to care for them.

If you’re looking for Irish jewelry, contact your favorite local jeweler or one of the following to see if they have the gems you are looking for.

Relish Inc.
3835 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16505
814-836-1827

Tipperary West
3026 Cherry St., Erie, PA 16508
814-459-5797

Belvedere Celtic Imports
1656 W 8th St., Erie, PA 16505
814-454-3362

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day shopping!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. Her paternal grandmother’s family came to America from Ireland. 

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Posted: May 8th, 2013

photo (4)Yes, it is May 8.

As the Poinsettia Blooms — sounds kind of like a soap opera name, doesn’t it? I like it. I am outside admiring the 13 pots of flowers we planted, but it’s my inside garden that is impressive. Here’s how the funny fauna family fares at Chez Parker:

My November poinsettia is still blooming — even has new red bracts  – it is sure to croak after I write this. Here’s a link to care and feeding of a poinsettia.  I have done none of the things on that website. I think I just got a hardy plant. It’s looking scraggly compared to its former holiday splendor, but it still lights up the living room with color that no other indoor plant delivers.

Over the years of countless poinsettia purchases, I tried only once to do the total darkness thing. My plant bloomed the following Easter … and then croaked.  Advice from the Dept. of Horticulture in Michigan (I chose that site because it had great month-by-month pictures) on the year-round care and feeding of a poinsettia) is this: “You must keep the plant in complete darkness between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. daily from the end of September until color shows in the bracts (early to mid-December).” I have seen variations on this theme, but it sounds like we would need a poinsettia sitter to handle that.

My indoor February shamrock is also flourishing, but that’s nothing new. I had one last year that I re-potted several times because it got so big. I set that one outside where it looked like a small shrub with a perfect shaped mound of green leaves and bundles of delicate white flowers … and then it died.

This one is very different — huge, dark green, leaves and delicate white flowers. We’ll see if it makes it to the outdoors where I am a geranium kind of girl. Geraniums are hardy and  never let me down in color and impact. The ground at this house is unforgiving to most plants — hence the 13 pots. I’ve kept geraniums alive year-round many times. When I was pregnant with my youngest, I had indoor blooms on five plants straight through the winter and into the spring when I moved the plants back outside. They liked the window seat better, but they were a beautiful addition to my old dining room.

Geraniums also keep bees away, I hear. I veered away from them for a few years in favor of some showy pots of colorful pansies and petunias, but I did not fare well with those beauties. They looked great in the spring and again in October. I couldn’t keep up with their needs, and neither could the waterboys — my two sons who were here last year and handled lawn and garden maintenance.

This year, I hope the geraniums are as hardy as the plants I had 21 years ago that moved indoors and kept my family smiling while we awaited the arrival of Ryan, my youngest.  If they don’t, maybe the poinsettia and shamrock will continue to bloom.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom of three and step grandmom of one.

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Posted: March 13th, 2013

Irish gemsYes, I am Irish.

I love the idea of shamrocks, claddagh and trinity. These are just a few of the Irish treasures that make their way into rings, pendants and other baubles and bling.

This photo is from a link on the TipperaryWest website in Erie. It links to Solvar, a jewelry website. I am guessing you can ask your favorite jeweler for some Irish gems, and you’ll find them. Some are very inexpensive.

At My Irish Jeweler, I learned that the 3-leafed shamrock is a symbol for the Holy Trinity. Everything about the shamrock is fascinating. If you are looking for a wee bit of a $5 and under gift for a friend for Saint Paddy’s day, try a shamrock plant. I’ve had a few of them. They get beautiful white flowers that bloom all year long, and they thrive outdoors. I found mine at Wegman’s. They are as little as $4, and if I would remember to water them, mine would still be healthy. My first one grew as big as a shrub outside. In Saturday’s  House to Home, Sue Scholz will tell you all about shamrocks.

220px-CladdaghringFrom Wikipedia, I learned that the claddagh – a blend of hands, heart and crown  – represents love, loyalty and friendship. It originated in Claddagh near Galway in the 17th century.

No matter how you choose to celebrate this weekend, Happy Saint Paddy’s Day.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. Her paternal grandmother’s family came to America from Ireland. 

 

 

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