Four different varieties of shamrock (oxalis triangularis) 'Sunny', 'Mijke', 'Fanny' and 'Birgit'
An Irish Blessing
There's a dear little plant that grows in our isle,
'Twas Saint Patrick himself, sure, that set it;
And the sun of his labor with pleasure did smile,
And with dew from his eye often wet it.
It grows through the bog, through the brake, through the mireland
And they call it the dear little Shamrock of Ireland.
Folklore has it that shamrock comes from the Gaelic word ‘seamrog’ meaning little clover. Trifolium repens, white clover is considered to be the historic variety referred to most often. The druids held this plant in high esteem as a charm against evil spirits and the Irish consider it an overall good luck charm.
The ancient Irish Celts honoured the shamrock as it has three leaves, and three is a sacred number. The heart shaped leaves were associated with the Triple Goddess of Celtic mythology also representing the hearts of the Celtic tribes.
Saint Patrick supposedly used the three-leaved plant to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
Personally, I like oxalis as an easy care house plant and although mine is not flowering right now, dainty pink and white flowers on slender stems will appear before long.
I bought bare bulbs for 4 varieties as seen in the top photo and planted them all in one pot. In the summer the pot is moved outside to a shady area and all varieties bloom like crazy.
I'm linking with Fish Tail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursday #10.