With spring right around the corner there is definitely lots of green showing up in gardens, and such a nice bright green too! Perfect for St. Patrick's Day when green is the color of the day. On Valentine's Day I looked for hearts in my garden, today I went looking for shamrocks and luck in my garden. Shamrocks as a lot of people have heard were used as the representation of the Holy Trinity. But did you know that it was believed to have mystic powers as well? Apparently it was believed that the leaves of the shamrock would stand upright to warn of approaching storms.
I have a couple of shamrock type plants in my garden. And as luck would have it they were both given to me! Even more lucky is that they have both been great additions to my garden through the last 4 or 5 years. The only unlucky part is that I don't know exactly what they are.
This first one was given to me by my best garden friend. I think it is wood sorrel or oxalis acetosella. It is sometimes referred to as Shamrock.
It has a little white flower in spring. I have left it to grow under my cedar tree and it seems happy there. Not many ground covers like it there, so I'm letting it have it's space. I will keep it in check if it decides to outgrow it's alloted area. It dies back in the winter, but is starting to spring back up.
This oxalis oregana, which Grace at Grace Peterson helped me identify, is a really great little plant too. I have divided it many times over and it just bounces back.
It stays in nice little clumps and blooms pretty pink flowers early spring to late fall. I have it growing along my pond edge and under hydrangeas and rhododendrons too. This is a picture from a couple of summers ago.
Now for a little luck. I spotted the first of my sweet violets - viola odorata to bloom. I allow them to spread in the shade areas and simply pull out the ones I don't want.
I also found that the Baptisia is coming back. I'll tell you why I find that lucky. It was a nice hot and sunny day last summer that I had the impulse to move this plant. It looked quite dead by the end of summer and I had pretty much accepted it wouldn't come back. Now I see all this new growth. I do feel that luck was on my side with that plant move.
I hope no shamrock leaves are standing up today and that everyone has a nice sunny day, and you find some luck in your garden!