"There are only two kinds of people in the world,
the Irish and those who wish they were."
Aside from the typical "wear your green" on St. Patrick's Day, enjoy some historical trivia related to one of our most popular celebrations that happens to coincide with us kicking off our spring season at Marcum's Nursery.
Everyone associates St. Patrick's Day with Ireland - it's a celebration of Ireland's most-recognized patron saint, right? Aside from the fact that Saint Patrick wasn't Irish (he is said to have been born in either Scotland or Wales), the holiday did, of course, originate in Ireland. But which country, do you suppose, is at the head of the list when it comes to celebrating the big day? Why, none other than the good ol' USA!
While celebrations take place in most cities across America (where everyone suddenly becomes Irish overnight), one of the earliest St. Paddy's Day parades (second only to Boston) took place in New York City in 1762. Today, this parade is the largest celebration and parade in the U.S., with around 150,000 participants each year that attract millions of people lining 5th Avenue. Floats, cars and exhibits are not allowed in this parade that will be celebrating its 251st consecutive year.
Because of its 1 million+ residents of Irish descent, Chicago's celebration of St. Patrick's Day is a huge event. Green is everywhere, including the Chicago River which is dyed green especially for the holiday. Interestingly (if not unappetizingly), the idea originally came from sewer workers, who would dye the river green to look for sewer discharges. Other U.S. cities that employ green water especially for the day are Savannah, Georgia (the water in all public fountains is dyed green) and Indianapolis, Indiana (it dyes its main canal green).
Boston has a special tie with Ireland - being the closest U.S. port to Ireland, it was the port though which many of the Irish that were immigrating to America passed. Boston also has the distinction of hosting the world's first recorded parade for the holiday in 1737, beating Dublin, Ireland by a couple of hundred years. And for the record, Boston has more Irish pubs than any city outside of Ireland. Its popular parade, featuring bagpipers, floats and bands, generally attracts upwards of 600,000 people each year.
Savannah, Georgia's St. Patrick's Day parade began as a small affair in 1813 to honor a group of men of Irish descent on the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick. Today, it is the city's largest annual celebration, attracting over half a million people.
San Franciso's ("the city by the bay") fabulous St. Patrick's Day parade dates back to 1852. This "largest St. Patrick's Day gathering west of the Mississippi" is entering its 162nd year!
We hope you enjoy your St. Patrick's Day, no matter where you find yourself.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Regardless of what month it is, it's never "lull" time at Marcum's Nursery! If you've driven by lately, you have seen the new drive-in entrance to access Marcum's from Pennsylvania Avenue.
Encore and Bloom-A-Thon are two of our most popular azaleas at Marcum's Nursery. Why settle for just a week or two of flowers when you can enjoy these large reblooming flowers that appear in April, rebloom in early July, and continue through our first hard frost. Even our high summer Oklahoma temperatures don't stop this beauty. Their evergreen foliage is disease resistant, and maintains excellent color year-round.
These azaleas (a plant that is synonymous with rhododendrons)are easy to love. Their amazing flowers put on an incredible display of color beginning in early spring like clockwork, helping to herald the coming growing season. Whether in a formal or a woodland garden setting, azaleas make a great addition to any garden. When these plants are in full bloom, it's almost impossible to see the foliage underneath.
For centuries, azaleas were grown only in Japanese gardens. But then native species were discovered in North America and eventually types from both countries found their way to Europe.
Azaleas love acid soil, good amendments, and fertilizers. When planting your azaleas, be sure to mix the native soil of your garden with an azalea (acid) planting amendment or with 40% peat moss and 40% pine bark. They like good drainage but do not like their roots to stay too wet or dry out. Plant them so that the root crown is about 1 inch above the soil line. Once they are planted, mulch, mulch, and mulch.
Azaleas don't require much pruning if the proper varieties are selected for the desired mature size. If occasional pruning is needed to control size or wayward branches, prune from one month after the blooming season has ended. Contact Marcum's Nursery for details on pruning. Whether pruned formally into shapes or left natural to blend in with the local surroundings, azaleas make a wonderful addition to any garden, with their extraordinary offering of beautiful spring flowers that rebloom through fall.
Check out our variety of colors at both our store locations!
March Maintenance Guidelines
After years of working in the industry and building a nursery business around Oklahoma's inclement weather, we are suggesting the following maintenance guidelines.
- Apply twice shredded Marcum's Cedar Mulch to control weeds in beds.
- Plant your container and Ball & Burlap (B & B) trees.
- Dethatch warm season lawns (Bermuda and Zoysia) prior to pre-emerging with EC Grow, Barricade or Dimension (a summer annual herbicide) to turf areas through mid-March to prevent summer weeds such as crabgrass from germinating.
- The month of March marks the first of four applications to fertilize your cool-season lawn (Blue Grass, Fescue,and Rye Grass) with Marcum's 18-6-12 or Milorganite. Other months for application include: May, October, and November.
- Apply ferti-lome Weed Free Zone, a post-emergent broadleaf herbicide, to cool-season lawns to control broadleaf weeds.
- Seed cool-season turfgrass.
- Mow or cut back old liriope and other ornamental grasses.
- Mow cool- season grasses at 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches high.
- Begin chemical and physical control of galls (swellings) on stems and foliage of trees.
- ferti-lome Dormant Oil Spray may still be applied to control mites, galls, overwintering aphids, etc.
- At bud swell, control anthracnose on sycamore, maple, and oak trees.
- Prune roses just before growth starts and use ferti-lome Rose With Systemic Insecticide as the foliage appears. Use the ferti-lome insecticide every six weeks.
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What kind of St. Patrick's Day celebration would it be without appetizers? This month we are featuring two family favorite recipes that, regardless of what type of celebration, are sure to make the scene.
- 1 box (32 ounce) of Velveeta cheese
- 2 packages (8 ounce) of cream cheese
- 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
- 2 cans of Original Rotel
- 1 lb. of sausage
Brown sausage meat on stove top and drain grease. Melt Velveeta cheese in crock pot and add sausage. Stir in the remainder ingredients and mix well. Continue to heat and melt to desired consistency. Serve with tortilla chips.
Recipe provided by Crystal Marcum Bacon. Crystal is the oldest grandchild of Cherie and Bill Marcum. Her parents are Monty and Carol Marcum.
- 4 cans of black-eyed peas with jalepeños (drained)
- 2 cans of yellow corn (drained)
- 1- small can of whole green chilies chopped
- 2 cans of rinsed black beans
- 6-8 chopped fresh green onions
- 1 - 10 ounce can of original Rotel
- 2 - 10 ounce containers of cherry tomatoes chopped in fourths
- 1/4 cup of finely chopped Cilantro
- Juice of 1/2 squeezed lime
- 1/2 bottle of Italian salad dressing
- 1/2 tsp. - 1 tsp. of red pepper flakes
- Lawry's Lemon Pepper seasoning
- * 2 cans of white hominy
Add all ingredients excluding the hominy and mix with salad dressing. Mix well and refrigerate, stirring occasionally to marinate all the ingredients. Add Lemon Pepper seasoning to desired taste and add 1 1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp. of red pepper flakes to give it an Okie kick! Top with remainder two cans of hominy and serve with tortilla scoops.
* Note: Add hominy last to keep its color.
Recipe provided by Jennifer Marcum. Jennifer is Cherie and Bill's daughter-in-law and is married to Kelly.
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