Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Irish Shamrock


Photo by Jon Fravel

Oxalis regnellii, otherwise known as the Shamrock, was a sacred plant to the Druids of Ireland as its leaves formed a triad, and three was a mystical number in the Celtic religion.  St. Patrick used the shamrock in the 5th century to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity as he introduced Christianity to Ireland. 

Over time, the shamrock has become the most recognized symbol of Ireland.  Once worn on the lapel, it is what is referenced by the slogan “wearin’ of the green.”

To all my friends in Blogland, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

‘May the roof above us never fall in.

And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.’


  1. A belated Happy St. Pat's day to ya.

  2. Hope you had a Happy St. Paddy's Day :-) You can't help but associate shamrocks and leprechauns with Ireland!! :-)

    Let me know if you try making a knot garden. Hmmmmm.... maybe I can do a mini-knot garden in the front yard where it'll be safe from the dogs!!



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