Happy St. Patricks Day!
It seemed a timely day to talk about clover. The clover is a symbol of Ireland, and of St. Patrick Day specifically as it is said that St. Patrick used it to explain the trinity to the Irish people. Legend says that he would explain that just as the clover has three separate leaves and yet is one leaf, so the three persons of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) are separate yet one.
In my yard here in Texas there are two kinds of clover...one which I like and one which I HATE.
I don't have any of this kind of clover (White Clover), though it does grow in Texas...
..though I'd love to have some, as you can make tea out of the blossoms and use the roots in soups.
Here's one clover that blesses my yard....
This is actually, technically, a type of Wood Sorrel, not clover. I've seen this plant in Texas with flowers in yellow, white, and light pink. The seed pods are edible in small quantities, but toxic in large amounts. So, throwing a few in your salad is great (they are high in vitimin C) but don't eat them by the cup-full, and avoid them altogether if you have gout, rheumatism and kidney stones.
You can see a close up of the pods, to the right.
The clover below curses my yard....
It's called Burr Clover, and and it has horrible burrs that are painful to step on. They're worst than any other spiky thing I've come across because they have barbs that are curved so they are so horribly painful to remove from your feet if you step on them. You actually have to yank them out (which is hard to do without embedding them in your fingers)--you can't just pull them out gently because they're barbed like little hooks. And you can't just mow low to get rid of them because they creep low to the ground. You have to pull them by hand (at least once you learn to spot them you can do this before they grow burrs). I've gotten most of them out of my yard...but my neighbors yard is covered with them, so my kids are still tracking them in all the time.
Horrible plant and I really don't care if it does have any beneficial uses.
There's is a song I found called "Burr Clover Farm Blues", but it's about missing some farm with that name. If I wrote a Burr Clover blues song it would go like this...
I got the Burr Clover Blues,
Makes me gotta wear shoes,
I try to get rid of it but
it grows tried and true.
I got the burr clover,
burr clover, burr clover blues.
Now for my questions...
- What is the worst weed to curse your yard?
- Do you have any weeds that you like? That bless your yard?
Thanks! If you have a blog and would like to post your own questions you can leave your link on the appropriate day at the linkys at 2 Questions Thursday and Aloha Friday.
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