Strange St Patricks Day Tradition
Every year, the night before St. Patrick’s Day, my Mom would take us to the grocery to select ghastly dyed green carnations to give to our teachers the next day. My Mom is super-creative, has quite the green thumb, and is very stylish. Therefore, I have no idea where this green carnation tradition came from.
To this day, I am not at all interested in carnations, tiny garden pinks, or anything else that resembles one. So, of course, my husband is so totally in love with dianthus, that every time he sees one at the grocery/hardware/garden center/gas station he brings one home. I do NOT call that the Luck O’ the Irish. His family is from Slovenia, though.
Fun Experiment for Kids
If you want to explore the wonders of plants with your children, making your own crazily dyed carnations is a nice little science experiment. You can show the kids capillary action in action by buying a few carnations at the store, snipping off the bottom two inches, and putting them in vases with water and a bit of food coloring. You can make some truly unnatural creations in this way.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone! I plan to partake in the other horticultural St. Patrick’s Day tradition: Drinking Beer. (Beer comes from a plant, yes?)