St. Patrick’s Day Flower Arrangement

Hello Dear Readers! Happy Monday!

It’s been awhile. Between my travels to Florida and Georgia and me being a tad

under the weather, there has not been much time for blogging lately.

I am feeling better and looking forward to revealing the Great Room and Sunroom

with all of the changes soon.

I also hope to bring you a photo of our totally cleared lot soon.

Due to all of the rain we have been having, the clearing  has taken more time than usual to complete.

Today, is the first Monday of the Month and that means it’s Monday Morning Blooms,

when I share some wonderful and fun floral inspiration

along with my truly talented Monday Morning Blooms friends, Lidy, Mary, and Pam.

Our common theme today is St. Patrick’s Day.

Their beautiful images and links to their posts are below for the most amazing ideas

for your St. Patrick’s Day decor/celebration.


When we retuned home from our trip, the first thing I did

was to head to Trader Joe’s for some flowers that would compliment my container.

My container being a hat from  Dollar Tree. Specifically the hat of a fairy of the Aos Si

(a supernatural race in Irish Mythology), the Leprechaun.

I placed a bowl into the hat with soaked wet floral foam and

started to add my longer stems first.  (Hydrangeas, Bell of Ireland, Canterbury Bells & Lilies.

I used 7 different flowers/filler:

 Bells of Ireland

 Canterbury Bell



 Mini Carnations


 and seeded Eucalyptus for filler

In addition to the hat purchased at the Dollar Tree store,

small hats, necklaces, shamrock decor and gold coins hopped into my cart.

St. Patrick’s Day has always been a very special day in our family . . .

from childhood to present day.

Why? Well, one reason is that my father is of Irish heritage, and . . . .

My Sweetie was born on St. Patrick’s Day! I knew my dad was celebrating among the angels

for two reasons . . . looking down upon his great-granddaughter’s birth and being born on

St. Patrick’s Day. I could hear him singing with the angels leading them in the Irish Lullaby.

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral . . . Too-ra-loo-ra-li.

It was one of our car ride sing-a-long songs.

Did you also know that we closed on our former home the day that our Sweetie was born?

What’s an Irish inspired arrangement of flowers without the Bells of Ireland.

I was very fortunate that I could find them.

There were lots of tears that day that my Sweetie was born ….

Happy tears of joy, and tears of me wanting my dad by my side to see

his sweet little great-granddaughter born on one of his most favorite days.

However, I could feel his presence and knew he was there.

I know my dad could see the joy on our faces.

I hope to one day visit the great country of Ireland. A country that my dad,

when overseas in the Army during WWII stated  it was one of his favorite countries that he was in.

He has a very amazing story of one of his encounters there . . . I think I shall share it

later this month. I guess you can say it was the story of his future.

Do you recognize the above treat? I saw them in the grocery store and thought,

hmmmm, I may be able to do something with these (and hopefully not eat them).

I wanted to add a little something to the tea table of St. Patrick’s Day Flowers,

so I came up with the “Tastykake Shamrock”

I took the brim of one of the small hats and turned it into stems.

The arrangement now sits on my tea table in the sunroom.  It was a prized find from an estate sale

a few years ago. It is actually a custom made piece by a NC local craftsman.

His signature is on the table. These are the real treasures.

Hope you enjoyed my St. Patrick’s Day Flower Arrangement

with “Tastykake Shamrocks”! Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your own special way?

Now it is time to see more fabulously charming and beautiful St. Patrick’s Day floral inspiration

from my sweet and most talented friends of Monday Morning Blooms.

The links to their posts are below their beautiful images.



Lidy ~ FrenchGardenHouse


Pam ~ Everyday Living


Mary ~ Home Is Where The Boat Is


And ME! Housepitality Designs


Have a most beautiful “Top of the Morning” Day!!

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  1. Shirley, I’m dancing an Irish jig in delight with your festive leprechaun hat centerpiece! What a beautiful combination of flowers you found. I love Bells of Ireland and would to try to grow some from seed this spring! What a fun holiday to celebrate your Sweetie’s birthday, shared with loving memories of your Dad. So creative to create a Tastykake Shamrock using a hat brim for a stem! As always it’s a treat to join your for some flower therapy and count you as a flower loving friend. Happy Monday! ☘️??

  2. Shirley, I am dancing along with Mary this morning! I love the use of the leprechaun hat for your vessel of flowers! You are the master of mixing so many different flowers into one stunning floral arrangement! The signed tea table that was hand crafted is beautiful and such a special treasure. I love the sweet and precious stories of your Dad and your Sweetie! Like Mary, I am hoping to grow Bells of Ireland from seed this year. It is always a joy to share Monday Morning Blooms with you! Have a wonderful day☘️?☘️

  3. Janie Landis says

    Shirley, a beautiful creation for St. Patty’s Day! I just wanted to say that I so enjoyed meeting you recently when you were visiting on SSI. Thank you for taking time out of your day to meet up with me! Good luck with all that you have going and am looking forward to following your progress with your new home! Such an exciting time for you! Have a great week and hope to see you on your next visit! ???
    Janie L.

  4. What absolutely stunning floral arrangements Shirley! You took an inexpensive dollar store find and turned it into something elegant and beautiful.

    St. Patrick’s Day seems to have a lot of significance for you and your family. I’m intrigued to hear about your dad’s story while he was in Ireland.nits also a country I’d like to visit, though my bucket list is long and time is short so we shall see.

    (No new post yet on my end).

  5. Another fab arrangement and it’s amazing what you can find at the Dollar Store. No, we have never celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, but I enjoy seeing all the green.

  6. Alice genzlinger says

    Your imagination is awesome. The snowball shamrocks are so cute and tempting. Being Irish myself, Collins is my maiden name, I grow shamrock in a small pot to enjoy all year all. I giggled when you mentioned the car rides with your dad and singing the Irish lullaby. We sang it also and thanks for bringing to mind that sweet memory. Love the use of the hat for the beautiful flower arangement.

    • Gone are the days of sing-a-longs in the car of those cute and quirky and fun songs of yesteryear…Now it’s the era of “screens” and iPods…each person listening to their own music…hey maybe they will invent a Karaoke machine for the car! Thank you Alice!

  7. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says

    How fun your arrangement is! Love the story of your Dad and Sweetie.

  8. St. Patrick’s day sure is special for you with lots of memories. My husband is Irish and his sister loved Irish bells. Beautiful arrangement and so cute what you did with the snowballs.


  9. What a fun St. Pat’s arrangement in a hat Shirley! You found so many great elements for your beautiful creation. My granddaughter was born on St. Patrick’s Day too! Aren’t we the lucky ones!!

  10. Shirley, I love your arrangement and your story of your Dad and “Sweetie” touched my heart. Very beautiful and heartwarming.

  11. Top ‘o the mornin’ to you, Shirley! Glad to hear you are feeling better, and that you’re making some progress on the new site. I love reading about personal connections to special holidays, and yours is very sweet. It makes for great inspiration in your lush floral arrangement, with a nod toward your heritage. My Irish heritage is also from my father’s side and, like you, I hope to make a trek to Ireland as well.
    Wishing your Sweetie a most memorable birthday coming!

  12. And the rest of the day to yourself.

  13. I love your St. Patrick’s Day arrangement, Shirley. It is so creative and a perfect reminder of your Irish father and Sweetie! Congrats on getting your lot cleared…now maybe you will see some progress!!!

  14. Your arrangement is fabulous! Love the hat as a vase! I am ashamed to admit this but we don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s day. Even though it was my Mother’s favorite holiday. She was 100% Irish and loved it. I just never got into i as I identified more with the Italian in me…..really don’t know why. I also don’t like corned beef so never cook it, BUT, this year maybe I will make Kielbaand cabbage:):) I also love Bells of Ireland. I was introduced to them when I worked at the florist. They are so unusual and I love how they curve and look so graceful in an arrangement. I am HOME!!! It was a good month away, very relaxing and h wonderful weather. Came back to COLD and it snowed yesterday:( UGH. I am SO ready for Spring!!!! Just finished unpacking so now have to put the winter decor away and start Spring!!!! So looking forward to seeing your progress and the rooms where you are. Hope you are feeling better!!!! XO

  15. I’m sure each flower is singing an Irish tune as well thanking you for making them even prettier grouped together! Glorious memories never fade they are a gift we have forever. How sweet of you to share with us.
    Than you for another beautiful post.

  16. Oh Shirley, this is so beautiful! You are so talented in your floral designs. You definitely have a gift! Take care, and enjoy your week!

  17. Shirley your St. Patrick’s centerpiece is gorgeous. I love all the fun touches you added. The green snowball cakes are adorable too. Very pretty.


  18. Shirley, Your arrangement is elegant and creative. Love using the Dollar Store hat as a container and the other trinkets about the holiday in your silver tray.

  19. What sweet connections you have to St. Patrick’s Day! Your floral arrangement is beautiful, but I have to ask: how do you keep the hydrangeas going? I struggle to keep them from wilting, so I’m reluctant to mix them with other flowers. (I am, however, more than happy to use them on their own!) Happy March! It snowed again here last night in Chicago, and it’s very cold again. Ugh! Spring needs to hurry!

    • Janet, I have taken wilted hydrangeas and recut them and placed them in hot (not scolding) water…they seem to perk up as a result of the warm/hot water.

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