How to Find a 4-Leaf Clover
I once was contacted by a middle-school girl who was commonly
finding 4-leaf clovers in her lawn. Not only that, she found 5- and 6-leaf
clovers, too. Why was that, she asked?
As someone who has a science background I was intrigued by her question, but had no quick or logical answer. Too much fertilizer? Nope, that wouldn’t change the genetics of the clovers. Climate change? Not likely, or all of us would be seeing them. I told her she found them because she was looking for them – and perhaps she had never really looked before.
Today I found a 4-leaf clover. I was out with the dog, and saw a nice patch of clover. I said to myself, “I’d like to find a 4-leaf clover.” And I did, just like that. I looked down, and there it was. I hadn’t thought of 4-leaf clovers, probably, since I heard from that girl years ago.
Can you find a 4-leaf clover here? I just saw another one!
My lesson from that? Listen to the tiny inner voice
that we all had, once upon a time, when we were little. A common adage is, “Take
time to smell the roses.” But how often do we? Well, as gardeners we probably
do so more often than others. But in this time of tweets and e-mail (and yes,
reading blogs) we often don’t take time to really look at our environment. To
pause and see the beauty and mystery of nature.
Here are five other things I enjoyed observing today in the garden:
1. A freshly pulled carrot with 2 legs.
2. The foliage color on my fothergilla shrub.
3. The glossy green wet leaves of my hellebores.
Hellebore foliage will look good much of the winter.
4. The spikey seed pods of a teasel plant.
Teasel is a weed that I grow because I love it in dry flower arrangements.
5. My dog Daphne, pausing on my stone steps up from the garden.
Daphne, a good dog!
So to answer the question about finding 4-leaf clovers, Look! Take time to stop and look at what is around you, and to celebrate what you see.
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