Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Morning in Mary's Garden ~ March 17, 2014

Since today is St. Patrick ’s Day,  I am going to share a bit about the clover also known as a Shamrock.

Saint Patrick PrayerThe name shamrock is derived from Irish seamróg, which is the diminutive version of the Irish word for clover (seamair) meaning simply "little clover" or "young clover".  Often when you see a picture of St. Patrick, in his hand you’ll see a Shamrock along with his shepherd’s staff. Why does he hold a shamrock? Because back in the 5th century St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach  the Irish about the one true God and the blessed trinity. A fact I found interesting about the shamrock is this all clovers can be called shamrocks, but not all shamrocks are clovers. Many more plants are called shamrocks around St. Patrick’s Day than the rest of the year when they are probably called 'Oxalis' or 'clover.

Shamrocks are commonly planted in the grass or on bare patches of dirt. These plants are good for the soil. Before herbicides came into common use in the 1950s, white clover was a common, natural and desired component of temperate region turf lawns. Farmers today routinely add clover in their forage fields to improve growth and protein levels. Organic farmers often rotate their crops with clover and other nitrogen fixing legumes to naturally fertilize their land.

 

The Shamrock Trifolium dubium  is a symbol of St. Patrick and his evangelization of Ireland, and of Ireland itself – but St. Patrick used it as a symbol of the Trinity, with each leaf representing a divine person while the plant is still one.

 

by Mia 

Vintage Saint Patricks Day card

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