‘Lucky’ Four Leaved Clover

The two fields in which we grew barley and peas for silage this year were undersown with grass and clover.  This means that we were able to cut, bale and wrap the silage for winter feed but we still had grass and clover growing underneath.  So, a few weeks after cutting, we shall be able to graze the new grasses.

Walking across the field to check how the undersown grass and clover was growing, Rob, our farm manager, spotted a rare four leaved clover as you can see in the picture below.

Apparently only one in every five thousand clovers has four leaves rather than three! And we don’t know where the idea of the four leaf clover bringing luck came from. A book published in 1869 mentions sorceresses gathering four leaf clovers at night by the light of the full moon to make their potions. Other stories suggest that the four leaf clover brings luck or happiness.

Car makers, Alfa Romeo, had it on the side of their racing cars, for good fortune,  and Celtic Football Club have a four leaf clover as their symbol. Or is it a shamrock??  I don’t know.

We are told that even the Irish don’t know what a shamrock or “seamrog” is!  In some areas it can be a red clover or white clover, in others medicks or lesser trefoil or wood sorrel.  Apparently all are acceptable as shamrocks.  We look forward to some of our Irish readers enlightening us…

Meanwhile we are happy to carry on thinking that the four leaf clover will bring us luck.  After all, on an organic farm, clover plays an important role in fixing nitrogen in the soil.