Thursday, March 10, 2011

Shamrocks

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.

12 comments:

  1. I find Irish legends so interesting. Somewhere on my mom's side, we're said to be part Irish. Haven't been able to trace it far back enough, though.
    On another subject, I bought loose tea on-line from Mighty Leaf Tea company. I tasted one of the samples sent with my order, Chocolate Mint Truffle. Yummy desert taste. Just wanted to share!
    Do you make mosaics of your photos with a Photoshop element? Curious.

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  2. Thank you for the Irish blessing Judith! I'm not Irish, but I need all the blessings I can get.

    Saying "hello" from another Cottage Flora participant.
    -marie

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  3. So love anything Irish & love that oem ... history, etc., Judith. I was so surprised when in Ireland how BIG these shamrocks actually grow ... huge! G'ma Maggie said unless the shamrock has the black center, it isn't a true Irish shamrock. She brought some back from Ireland.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day ~
    Have a beautiful eve ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  4. I've always loved the purple oxalis... nice post.

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  5. What a wonderful and lovely post. Loved it.

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  6. Dear Judith, thanks so much for the adorable post, Lovely shamrocks! I have some at home too! Ive lovingly planted some and not its making its way around my other plants :)

    hugs,

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  7. Hi Judith, Thanks for sharing about the legend of the shamrocks. I like the photo too. A timely post!
    Blessings, Beth

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  8. I haven't seen shamrocks very many times, but they are so pretty and interesting. Happy Saint Pats to you!

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  9. Many years ago my husband bought me a very old gold locket at an estate sale. It had a four leaf clover etched on the front. Later that same year he found a clover in the grass and we put it in the locket where it still reminds me of young love.

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  10. I sure liked this post...I've never studied these plants and now I'd like to try some!!
    Wishing you a beautiful day!!!

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  11. They are pretty. We have oxalis all over my gardens and lawn here...I am trying to keep some in one area though.

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  12. I so loved learning about the legend of the shamrock - i had no idea of this! Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's & hope to see you again next week! xoox
    ~tracie
    ps - i'm your newest follower!

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