Oxalis and Ivy


When my siblings and I were young, our mother took us on a leprechaun hunt in the forests of the California Redwoods. We spent the time looking in every hollow log and stump for leprechauns. We didn't catch any, although we thought we spotted one or two.

To this day, when I see the oxalis blossoms begin to emerge among the ivy in the month of January I find myself thinking, "We don't have much longer to wait until the leprechaun hunts can begin again".
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12 comments:

Willow said...

What a sweet story! Maybe THIS year you'll catch a leprechaun in your garden!

Brenda Leyland said...

Pretty picture! Cute thoughts about leprechaun hunts.

We're still well under snow and frosty temperatures. No sign of ivy here just yet!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

You made me smile.

Sylvia (England) said...

Lovely story Cindy. When I saw the title this wasn't the plant I expected, oxalis I thought had white or pink flowers with clover type leaves.

Best wishes Sylvia (England)

Carolynn said...

How delightful! I think one should always be on the lookout for leprechauns & fairies.

BTW, I'm always very impressed by anyone who knows the actual names of flowers. :o))

Kylee said...

So pretty, Cindy! I knew you were up to something when I saw the backgrounds you posted on Flicker. Wasn't one of them The Bobbsey Twins?

This is so pretty, so calming...

Rosehaven Cottage said...

To Sylvia--This is Oxalis stricta (common yellow oxalis or "Sour Grass"). It does have clover-like leaves but they aren't visible yet since it grows up through the ivy and peeks the yellow blossoms out first. A similar species is Great Yellow Woodsorrel (Oxalis grandis) that is larger. I haven't been able to determine which of the two varieties mine is, as mine came here on its own.

jodi said...

I'd welcome ivy--or oxalis--growing right about now, but we're still way in the deepfreeze, of course. I love the various oxalises although this one is definitely a weedy species around here, and much disliked by greenhouse growers. I love the photo or art card youv'e made with it!

Sherri said...

Cindy, what a lovely story! Thanks for sharing!

Melanie said...

Wonderful!
I used to imagine fairies, pixies elves and other Enid Blyton creatures living in the interestingly shaped roots of Elm trees when I was little. Perhaps your leprechauns were over-wintering with them?

beth at aunties said...

I loved your sweet story. What a precious mom you have to create magic for her children:-) The card is pretty!

Anna said...

Cindy lol I am scared of leprechauns, lol! Excellent photo of yours. Anna :)

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