Friday’s Florals: Clover


Going through my photos I realised that I have focused on roses and leaves.  That is because we have a couple of public rose gardens and of course our autumn has been totally awesome – so colourful and the leaves just begs for photos.

But then I found this lone clover which I had taken at Pakowhai Park.   It is mostly used as fodder for farming but it is still a lovely flower. I won’t go into all the boring cultivation information though.

Clover or trefoil is a genus (Trifolium, Latin, tres “three”+folium “leaf”) of about 300 species of plants in the leguminous pea familyFabaceae. The genus has a cosmopolitan distribution; the highest diversity is found in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, but many species also occur in South America and Africa, including at high altitudes on mountains in the tropics. They are small annual, biennial, or short-lived perennial herbaceous plants. The leaves are trifoliate (rarely quatrefoiled, cinquefoil, or septfoil), with stipules adnate to the leaf-stalk, and heads or dense spikes of small red, purple, white, or yellow flowers; the small, few-seeded pods are enclosed in the calyx. Other closely related genera often called clovers include Melilotus (sweet clover) and Medicago (alfalfa or ‘cavalry clover’).

What I didn’t realise is that this flower is part of the pea family.  So you learn something new every day.

Then there is the symbolism attached to it.


Shamrock, the traditional Irish symbol, which according to legend was coined by Saint Patrick for the Holy Trinity, is commonly associated with clover, though sometimes with Oxalis species, which are also trifoliate (i.e., they have three leaves).

Clovers occasionally have leaves with four leaflets, instead of the usual three. These four-leaf clovers, like other rarities, are considered lucky. Clovers can also have five, six, or more leaves, but these are rarer. The record for most leaves is 56, set on 10 May 2009.[4] This beat the 21-leaf clover,[5] a record set in June 2008 by the same man, who had also held the prior Guinness World Record of 18.[6]

A common idiom is “to be (live) in clover”, meaning to live a carefree life of ease, comfort, or prosperity. This originally referred to the fact that clover is fattening to cattle.[7]

The cloverleaf interchange is named for the resemblance to the leaves of a (four-leafed) clover when viewed from the air.

I will have to go out now to search for a four leaf clover then.

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Abandoned or Alone

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Good morning from a warm and muggy Hastings day.

Cee from Cee’s Photography has asked us for our abandoned or alone photos.  I tend not to take photos of people, only at Art Deco Weekend or the Blossom Parade.  But I do like taking photos of flowers that are half dead.  Such as this one.

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But my favourite photos are of roses.  It is funny but at my painting class we were discussing the number of flowers to make a harmonious image.  This means that two or four is not a good number, one or three objects in a triangle is better.  So I do have a lot of photos of solo roses, especially buds. This one was taken by St Matthew’s Church in the CBD.

 This top photo was taken at Frimley Rose Garden.  I just thought this gerbera was so much more interesting when it looks weather beaten and down trodden.  I am reading The Hunger Games at the moment and this fits right into that book.

I won’t be able to check your posts until later today.  I have my Social Snappers group.  We are going to the hot house in Cornwall Park as it is a great place to start with macros.  No wind.


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