Four-Leaf Clovers To Share

Four leaved clover growing in a patch of three leaf ones

When I’m out walking, I sometimes amuse myself by looking for four-leaf clovers. Ever since childhood, I have followed the custom of nominating a person or a reason before searching, so when I find the clover, I already know what it is for.

My eye enjoys patterns so will skim over the patches and highlight an anomaly that looks a bit four-leafy for further inspection. I just have to pause, retrace a step or two, and be willing to appear goofy to any fellow walkers. Nothing new there then. Often, as I tease the leaves apart, I discover that the spurious leaflet belongs to a neighbouring stalk, but once in a while it’s a four-leaf one.

Yesterday, I had been wondering what to post, but it had been one of those dissatisfied Covid-19 days when it seemed like there was nothing in my photo files I wanted to share: nothing that felt appropriate for this half time that is not life as we know it and neither summer nor autumn. Rain had been forecasted for the next few days but the weather was cool and fine and the sky, blue, tempting me outside.

Walking through wildflowers, I decided to look for a clover for the blog with the idea that everyone who sees it here could have a share in it. In those circumstances, it would seem appropriate to leave the leaf growing where it was rather than pick it, were one found.

On my way home, I found the top one. My picture of it is a bit dodgy, and it isn’t perfectly formed, but you can’t argue with a lucky clover.

Four leaf clover

Less than a minute later and just a few steps on, nature offered us a second one to share that is a bit more even with the classic clover pattern. I left it growing too.

So now, if you believe in such things, you have a part share in two four-leaf clovers that are growing wild in Lancashire. Imagine them in a broad patch of clover edged with grasses, thistles that seem reluctant to let go of their seed, Queen Anne’s lace tangled up with purple vetch, and yellow birdsfoot trefoil.

Shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day (which also accepts leaves and berries).

49 Replies to “Four-Leaf Clovers To Share”

  1. Thank you! Indeed, a gift for this time of not-life-as-we-know-it, and I think the more who share in it the better it works! Imagine all of us who read your blog touched by this tiny little plant! I think your gesture is lovely.

    1. I think the more, the merrier too. When I found the first one, I confess to thinking ‘Oh heck, it’s a bit funny-looking! I don’t know if they are going to want to share in that.’ So it was a relief to find the second one.

  2. Do you know I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. Now I shall be on the lookout for them when I’m in the country, but as I do little walking these days chances are I shall just have to content myself with looking at yours. Maybe some of the luck will blast through the screen, I could do with some right now.

  3. Thanks for sharing your luck with us all–we all need some positivity during these crazy covid times. I tend to be looking for insects when I am out and about and am looking down, but will keep my eyes open now during those rare instances when I am in a patch of clover.

  4. Gosh, I’d forgotten all about the four leaf clover searches in childhood – thank you for the reminiscence (and the luck!)

  5. Thanks for a sweet reminder of four-leaf clovers. When my older daughter was a child (she’s now 50!!) she had a knack for finding them. I remember one occasion when I was about to audition for our community chorale, and she gave me one for luck. We used to laminate them. I may still have some stuck in a book somewhere. (I made the audition and have been singing in community choruses or choirs ever since!)

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