Green Day

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Ninfa

Slim Paley photo of Ninfa Gardens, Italy

The greenest, clearest stream I’ve ever seen.

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY TO EVERYONE!

Being the half-Irish lass that I am, and having been born in Dublin, I simply can’t let the day go by without a nod…

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Herewith, a gathering of some green;

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A bouquet of Helibores atop the old post office cabinet in my kitchen

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So this is kind of funny- the other day I went shopping for bathroom tile…

 

and somehow came home with this

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OMG– don’t you  love when that happens??!

and don’t the pailettes remind you of those little hexagon bathroom floor tiles just a little?

So like, I was kind of successful 🙂

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From my kitchen collection of Majolica

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Artichokes from a previous summer

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This is a super inexpensive and easy way to decorate for a garden party (Cost Plus usually has a good selection or you can find vast amounts of paper lanterns on the internet) I pulled these vines out of the garden, but just imagine, for example, bright orange lanterns with fuschia flowers… Or pink ones with chartreuse leaves…the possibilities are endless. Individual flowers can be tucked into clear thread wrapped around the lantern and secured with invisible tape.  SO pretty lit up!

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The early morning dew

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I am LOVING my Euphorbia and it’s growing like gangbusters, but I must say I wouldn’t plant it so close to the front porch again- P.U. not a good smell

(don’t look at that little spot of snail doody. Rude snail).

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More babies from the orchid show on Saturday

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A little posy from the fall garden (roses from Costco)

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How adorable are these little St. Patrick’s sugar cookies? They’re made with edible wafer paper. They look time consuming, but they’re actually incredibly easy.

Not that I’ve made them, but that’s what Marina over on YummyMummy says!

To find the source for the edible paper on Marina’s post just click on her link above.

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All of the flowers in this arrangement came from my garden. Bells of Ireland are so easy to grow

 

 

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via Vogue

Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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Hiking in Montecito

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The sun streaming through the Spanish Moss in my oak tree

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photo via deargluten.com

Have you tried these yet? Honestly, you might think I work for Trader Joe’s because I hawk so many of their items, but these are addictive!  You’ll either love them or won’t like them at all- which is what I thought at first…until a minute or two went by and I ended up eating the entire bag.  At only 60 calories and .99  ya gotta love that!

 

 

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Shamrocky ferns growing in my kitchen window

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I raise a pint of Guinness to everyone!  (I was in New Orleans this time last year- wow- that’s a party!)

I love the Irish & their sense of humour 🙂

Sending a special shout out to all my Irish kin- Quite a few and far flung they are!

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47 Comments

  1. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

    Isn’t it a really fun day? Oh… I love it!

    This is a great idea for a post, SP. Using Nature to deliver the GREEN! Gorgeous pictures and smart idea!

    Have a wonderful day!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  2. Loving all things Green today! May a little Luck of the Irish sprinkle nothing but clear air and smooth sailing for all of us living on the west coast this weekend. Cheers!

  3. I would say that little jacket “find” is a bit of the luck of the Irish and yes … I do see the bathroom tile aspect. I would say your covered on that one. Happy SP Day !

  4. Lovely! I had to laugh out loud when you explained your ‘successful’ shopping trip. And yes, they do look similar to the little floor tiles in the bathroom of the house I grew up in :-).

    Who would have thought to put a picture of their lawn to celebrate St. Patty’s Day?

    And what are the red plants in between your window sill fern? Love the look.

  5. Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya – and the rest of the day to me (that’s an old Irish greeting if I’m not mistaken). I hear St. Patrick’s Day is a much bigger holiday in New York than in Dublin. Is that true?

  6. One image after another – such a feast for the senses! Love that stream in the first picture.

    Speaking of spinach (have to go to Trader Joe’s today) – I was in DC last week, and there is an Indian restaurant (Rasika) that has the most sublime spinach – Palak Chaat. It is crispy spinach (probably roasted) with yogurt, tamarind, and chutney…sublime.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  7. Love the Euphorbia. I’ve never seen them before. They might not smell nice, but look great.

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you and yours.

  8. Can you imagine any flower arrangement without green in it ? ………NOT.
    Happy St Patrick’s day to one and all. ox

  9. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, sure ’tis like a morn in spring.
    In the lilt of Irish laughter you can hear the angels sing,
    When Irish hearts are happy all the world seems bright and gay,
    And When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, sure, they steal your heart away.

    xoxo to you Slim,
    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

  10. Beautiful beautiful all! Your pictures of Ninfa gardens in Italy have me seriously thinking of switching my next trip to Shanghai across the Atlantic instead. Such incredible loveliness!
    You have more will power than I — a package of the seaweed snacks doesn’t last me all the way home from Trader Joe’s Milpas, about six minutes! i love the way they crunchily ?? disappear in my mouth like fluffy pink cotton candy from childhood. Incidentally I’ve just discovered TJs big turkey meatballs marinara. So good! But you probably found them months ago. Oh yes, almost forgot HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

  11. Ok, let me see here. Trader Joe’s — check. Costco — check. Orchid growing houses in Carp — check. Now, where did you find such a boa-sleeved tile jacket? Too funny! Was it one of the fancy boutiques in Montecito of which I’ve never been inside? Beautiful flowers…I was just craving some beauty so I drove by Terra del Sol in Goleta with my camera and let their artistic arrangements and dazzling array of color quench my thirst. I’d post a photo in comments if I could, so if you’ve never been there, it’s a great little nursery.

  12. So you were born in Dublin…..how fantastic…..I never knew that….
    here’s hopin’ that you and your wee folk have a fabulous St. Paddy’s Day
    filled with all of the beauty you send out to the world….
    love ya, the McNally clan….

  13. Amazing garden flowers for March; they look so healthy!

    Alas, alack! Paddy’s Day in Ireland was never like that – barely a daffodil in sight, and a chill wind to boot!

    Half an hour left of SPD – off to drown the shamrock!

    Love,

    Rhoda

  14. Too busy for a proper post today, but check out Andrew….love that kid!
    The jacket? I’m green with envy…what a fab find!
    Your photos are magnificent, I’ve GOT to get that camera and soon.
    Bells of Ireland are easy to grow? Even here? Must find out! Another
    stellar post, Slim…thanks!! xx

  15. A sublime post today! My senses are fully alive from the gorgeous green images. And no
    cocktail yet to raise a glass to this festive St. Patrick’s Day, so the images must suffice for me.

  16. Happy St. Pat’s to you. . .am I the only one that had corn beef with boiled cabbage for dinner? Must say
    it was very good and caused me to think of my trip to Ireland where everything was good!!

    • I boiled 11 lbs of corned beef plus the cabbage, potatoes and carrots for four male dinner guests — and I was left with four slices of meat for my dinner tomorrow! They loved it!!! It did shrink but that’s still a lot of meat to disappear!!!! I did of course eat a hearty share myself.

  17. Me darlin’… So late in wishing you- and your beloved mum- top of the mornin’ to you. Day got
    away from me… But it began in a glorious manner: talking on Skype to my cousin : Bishop Noel Treanor , Bishop of Belfast, Ireland. Not the easiest assignment. But always hopeful for world peace, some luck of the Irish, a good pint and a big, hearty laugh. Xo mare

  18. Hi SP, in answer to yr request, to rhubarb fool it up I whip cream with sour cream, vanilla essence and brown sugar. I toast my almond flakes at 180, and I put my rhubarb in a covered dish at 180 too (celsius) with a whole cut lemon and lots of brown sugar. I cool the ‘barb then mix it with the cream stuff. Enjoy x

  19. Well I never, you are half Irish, and there was super sleuth me thinking your were from Manchester or surrounding area, you have the wit of a Liverpudlian. Really must put Ninfa on my list of places to visit, oh my that stream, how beautiful is that. Belated Happy St Paddies day to you Slim. Oh! By the way I was out shopping for bathroom tiles yesterday but sadly I never found any tile shops selling such lovely clothes! Got a great deal on some tiles though.

  20. oh we had so much fun yesterday!!!! Now, I happen to LOVE green… Anyway, I’m finishing up a beach design job down here in North Florida and picked out these FAB sea foam green slipcovered chairs! I was SO excited, scheduled delivery, all paid for everything. Called my client to tell her and she (even though being married to an Irishman) says “Kendall, the only color I don’t like is green….(except for money and green eyes). Haha!!! had to laugh at her. That’s my St. Paddy’s day story. Guess I was “in the mood for green”. I LOVE THIS BLOG!!!! even the snail poop.

  21. V. GOOD job on the bathroom tile shopping.

    Love the Irish with their dry wit and sense of mischief.

    Bells of Ireland = beautiful – even the name is beautiful.

    Belated Happy St. Paddy’s day to you and your kin. (Was unable to send my good wishes last night as I was out at a pub where they were serving green beer… 🙂

  22. Okay – so I heard that we should all be eating nori – that it helps to protect from radiation poisoning (it must have lots of iodine). I am guessing the chips are made of nori??? I’d better run and stock up before hitting “post comment”.

    Once again, as I am cruising through all of your wonderful images I have said to myself “oh, that’s my favorite”, only to then say “that is SO good (or funny or beautiful). All very good — love the clover chair, spanish moss and of course the chanel suit in green — have a great weekend! ebh

  23. Oh Slim The Ninfa Gardens!!! I had to laugh at your “looking for tile” adventure, love, love that little wrap in green! Yes the sequins do look like tile!

    Come and enter to win my Springtime Gift for Bath & Body.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  24. Love your Irish Green! I know one thing…if you ever go shopping for bathroom tiles again, I need to go with you…love those purchases…what a brilliant shade of green!
    Your photos are fab, as always 🙂

    Best wishes…

    Jeanne xx

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