Looking for Leprechauns


My fake "shamrocks" are easier for me to pronounce than Oxalis. 

Oxalis are shamrock-like plants that produce a profusion of dainty flowers and unique foliage. commonly called false shamrock is a species of perennial plant in the family Oxalidaceae. It is native to several countries in southern South America.

 The shamrock, a three-leaf clover, has been associated with Ireland for centuries. It was called the “seamroy” by the Celts and was considered a sacred plant that symbolized the arrival of spring. According to legend, St. Patrick used the plant as a visual guide when explaining the Holy Trinity. By the 17th century, the shamrock had become a symbol of emerging Irish nationalism.

Just a while ago, I went out to the yards to look for Leprechauns - I saw the dreaded Vinca coming in on the hill. Here it is an invasive weed that chokes out everything in its sight. 

It's a deceiving little booger - because it's so pretty. Do not be lulled in by those bluish petals. 

It was only 6-7 days ago, and we had several inches of wet snow. This white and

 blue hyacinth has been flattened down by the snow. They are trying their level best

 to get upright. I don't know if they will, this year. 

Grape hyacinths (Muscari) are not directly related to true hyacinths, but also bloom in mid-spring and have the same care requirements. This tiny wonder has small clusters of bell-shaped, cobalt-blue flowers.

And of course my loyal California poppies - that no matter what - through rain, sleet, hail, and snow - are always a performer for me. 

I have 4 blooms on the hill - soon I will have many more blooms and no fuss at all. I can't say I have done anything to them - they just grow. 

They were all smashed down a week ago - They are a hardy wildflower here in California. 

I like to have yellows, and hues of yellow in my yard, along with blues. I am not much in for pinks. Not that they aren't beautiful in their own right - I just love the way yellows and blues coordinate. 

I bought 9 primrose plants yesterday and planted them in my 3 flower boxes that are attached to the fence. Okay, so there is a "pinkish" flower or violet-colored primrose. Or would that be considered blue? 

I'm thinking the color violet is part of the blue family with some red in it. 

Yikes, I remember learning this in elementary school - primary colors, and secondary colors...and mixing primaries with secondaries create tertiary colors, and then when you mix...oh forget it. 

Nothing like hopping down a bunny trail...which I might add is April 17, exactly one month from today! 

Take Care until next time - 

May you escape the gallows, avoid distress,
And be as healthy as a trout.

Happy St Patrick's Day! 

PS.  I never found the Leprechauns! 


  1. Never come across any leprechauns down here but would I know one if I saw one, I doubt it.
    Such pretty flowers as well

  2. Your flowers are gorgeous, especially the California Poppies! And I love the sweet flower box. We have Shamrocks growing in our flower bed, the kind with purple flowers. We also have Grape Hyacinth.

  3. So nice to see all those beautiful blooms.
    I've never seen those fake shamrocks - very pretty.

  4. Dearest Debby,
    Lovely photos and yes, I do LOVE those Oxalis, they are such loyal bloomers. We got the pink and purple leafed ones.
    The Vinca minor is not a 'minor' at all—very invasive and first we did not know but I've ferociously pulled them all up and got rid of them. The really suffocate everything and take over!
    Primrose I've brought back from Santa Cruz... MISS them so much but here in our climate they don't last and that's of course the reason you never find them here.
    Love the white ones most... Enjoy them for me!!!
    California poppies are lovely too.
    Spring is such a happy time. Only WISH I could be outside...
    Big hugs and thanks for sharing your joy—they're much needed vitamins.

  5. Your comment about looking for a leprechaun made me chuckle. My grandson works with his E.A.for part of the school day, and last week he built a "leprechaun trap". Mrs. Adams apologized to my daughter when she sent it home. D found some green glitter and made wee foot prints in it, wrote a note (from the leprechaun) and left a small gift in the trap. Eli was thrilled!
    Your spring flowers are so very pretty. Thanks for sharing the photos - they make me smile.

  6. I have never seen Oxalis. I love all your flowers and colors. Love your flower box too. What a change from last week.

  7. Love all your pretty photos!
    I'm reading 'An Irish Country Girl' by Patrick Taylor which is perfect for March!

  8. Love all the pretty flowers! We don't dare plant anything here before May because one frost could kill everything!

  9. The vinca vines here too are invasive. When Visiting my grandparents farm in the Summer, I always searched the clover trying to find a 4 leaf one...not very successful. Your flowers are pretty. No Spring ones here looming yet. Janice

  10. I didn't know St. Patrick used the shamrock as a symbol of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That's beautiful. Your flowers are starting to blossom. That hyacinth is the most striking color, I love that! I am waiting for the orange Poppies to appear at the creek. They will soon be sprouting up. The primrose looks blue to me, and they all are so pretty sitting on your fence. They are a dainty flower. Too bad you didn't find any leprechauns haha. But I did see a four-leaf clover on the lawn one time. I enjoyed your St. Patty's Day post, Debby.


  11. Not able to find any leprechauns here either, though I searched the snowbanks. Love the primroses, and even though the vinca is considered invasive where you are they only grow in baskets here and I love the flower.

    God bless.