Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bells of Ireland Fresh Flowers from the Farmer's Market for St. Patrick's Day


All images in this post by Janis Brett Elspas,

Happy St. Patrick's Day to MBE readers who celebrate this holiday today.

Picked up this beautiful bunch of Bells of Ireland earlier this week in the Century City Farmers Market which is located among the high rise office buildings of this business district just a few blocks from Beverly Hills in the Los Angeles area. Spring green is my personal favorite color and also the official color of Mommy Blog Expert so I just couldn't resist getting these for our dining room table. The best part is that they were -- drum roll please -- only $4 for the bouquet I bought. It's always nice to save some green on fresh flowers, especially flowers that are naturally, not dyed, green. Farmers Markets are definitely my go-to source for the freshest flowers and produce at the best prices, too.

Bells of Ireland Just $4 at a local Farmer's Market - Vase is my own
After I got home I did some research and was surprised to learn some fun facts about Bells of Ireland that you might find fascinating, too.
  • These don't even grow in Ireland
  • This flower's common name comes from the green color of its leaves and bells
  • The green bells with white veins aren't technically flowers, they are calyxes
  • Bells traditionally symbolize good luck and are popular for St. Patrick's Day
Bells of Ireland Closeup

Facts in this post from

Luck 'O the Irish to You!

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