Monday, March 10, 2008

Bells-of-Ireland

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, I thought Bells-of-Ireland, Moluccella laevis, would make for a great flower of the week.  These unique green, bell-like calyxes are densely packed along the tall stems.  Tiny white flowers with a gentle fragrance bloom within each of the green "bells" of the flower.  The flower originates from Turkey and Syria, not Ireland, and belongs to the mint family.  The link to Ireland comes from the color and its symbol of good luck. 

up close jurek  d

[picture via jurek d]

Here are two flower arrangements we made using Bells of Ireland:

contemp

garden

Click here and here or more information, and for a song about Bells of Ireland from NPR, click here

2 comments:

Freshly Found said...

Those Bells of Ireland are really lovely. I can't say I have ever seen them before.
I love the name of your business!
Thanks for popping in to my blog!

Inspired to Flower said...

they are great flowers - very unique. i bet you will see them a lot more now that you know the name, doesn't that happen all the time? thank you for stopping by! i love reading your blog! :)