One of my favorite shops in Eugene is The Shamrock Flowers & Gifts. My friend Barb took me there several years ago and I’ll never forget how blown away I was when we walked in the door. The displays were incredible. I loved the way they used old wood doors, potting benches and tool boxes to showcase their plants and all the amazing little vignettes tucked here and there.
My son took me for a visit as part of my birthday celebration. I hadn’t been for several years, but the reaction was the same; so lovely! We wandered for a while just enjoying the way things were put together and the touches of spring they had added here and there. And then I saw the shamrocks and I knew I had to take one home.
The Shamrock plant, or Oxalis, is an easy to grow bulb plant that will die down after blooming. Don’t throw them out though. After a short rest they will come back. They prefer a bright indirect light from a West or East facing window and moist but not soggy soil. I think the thing that I love the most about this little plant though is the fact that they fold their leaves down every evening for a little sleep and then open them back up in the morning ready to greet the day.
I needed a little pot for my new little plant and was delighted when I found the perfect one at a local thrift. I debated about giving it a coat of gold spray paint, but in the end decided to leave it silver to fit with my other old silver repurposed planters. I think the shape of it is just perfect.
March came in like a lion here with high winds and rain, but signs of spring are everywhere and I’ll be in the garden before you know it. For now though, my lovely little Shamrock feeds my need for lovely green growing things.