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Daily Snippet #20: Page 134 / 100 Words

David Bellamy. The Queen’s Hidden Garden: Buckingham Palace’s Treasury of Wild Plants. Text by David Bellamy; Botanical paintings by Marjorie Lyon. Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1984.

Well, as luck would have it, page 134 is an illustration! Red Clover, Alsike, and White Clover:

So I wander to page 164 to find a description:

“Clover gets its common name from the Latin word for ‘club,’ the three leaflets being like the triple-headed club of Hercules. St. Patrick used such a leaf not as a vegetable but as a living parable to instruct the heathen Irish in the doctrine of the Trinity. Whether the original Shamrock growing on the shores of County Wicklow where he landed was a Clover or a Wood Sorrel is still debated, and the fact it was eaten by the peasants of that country during the hard days of famine does not help the matter, for the leaves of both are [edible].”

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[Queen’s Hidden Garden platter – ebay ]

The dinnerware of these prints produced by Portmeirion, called the “Queen’s Hidden Garden,” has been discontinued – but you can find an array of dishes, etc. at Replacements.com here: https://www.replacements.com/webquote/prtquhg.htm?query=queen%27s%20hidden%20garden 

(and also on Amazon, ebay, etsy, etc.)

You can read more about St. Patrick and the Shamrock here: https://www.livingshamrock.com/shamrock-story/

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