“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”
― L. Frank Baum
(white clover / Julie Cook / 2015)
Clover is actually a member of the pea family with both the white and red / purple varieties being most common in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a plant which produces a bacteria within its root system making it rich in nitrogen and phosphorus. As a protein rich plant, it makes for a great source of feed for cattle as it is highly palatable to grazing animals.
Its showy crown like blooms are a huge draw for bees, in particular honeybees. . .
As sadly noted in the past decade plus, honeybees are in an alarming state of massive decline.
If the honeybees go. . .
Then so goes pollination. . .
As goes the fruition of crops. . .
As goes our agricultural livelihood. . .
As goes our livestock. . .
As goes us. . .
White clover (Trifolium repens) is a rapid spreader that crowds out broadleaf weeds while it grows harmoniously with grass. It will thrive in areas that are poorly drained or too shady for a conventional lawn.
Being a legume, clover has the ability to convert nitrogen into fertilizer using bacteria in it’s root system, practically eliminating the need for additional fertilization.
It is an extremely drought-resistant plant and will keep its cool-green color even during the hottest and driest parts of summer.
Left uncut, white clover grows 4-8 inches tall and produces small white flowers that are often tinged with pink. The flowers not only create a beautiful visual effect, but also bring in bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects that prey on garden pests.
Excerpt from the Farmers Almanac
(note the pollen sacks on the bumblebee’s hind leg, visible on either side of the bee- – -)
Happy Sunday Julie!!! Lovely photographs, I didn’t know Clover was part of the pea family. Enjoy your day!! Big Hugs!
A very happy Sunday to you as well Michael—pea family…who know??!! I never saw that one coming—wonder how that work if there are not “legumes”????
Hope all is coming along great for the big wedding—I bet a trip to the beach is in store following the big event 🙂
Love and hugs to you and the family—
Wedding plans are coming along great, Debbie is still having a time finding the right dress! 🙂 Lauren gets married on Saturday and we are headed to the beach that Sunday morning for a week! How about you, when are you headed to the beach? Michael 🙂
I knew it 🙂
Gregory and Brenton actually are headed to Orange Beach in two weeks for a deep sea fishing trip so Abby and I are tagging along—it’s just for a long weekend–down on Friday, back on Monday but Gregory and I will head back to Henderson Inn at Henderson St Park for the about 5 days over the 4th—of which I am most ready—I prefer Watercolor on old 30A but it’s so crowded during times like the 4th so the Henderson is a great detour during those crowded times—It’s all adults with a great breakfast each morning, a picnic lunch daily, complimentary happy hour each afternoon and it’s located directly on the beach—nice and quiet 🙂
Good post Julie. I didn’t know clover was part of the pea family either, but I have used it for its herbal qualities several times during my days on the farm. Now I can’t remember what they were, but seeped in water the blossoms were made into a tea that was good for some ailment. It had a grassy flavor, I do remember that, and I also added it to my herbal baths. We had bees also, back then, and the clover was so sweet smelling. when baled into hay with the rest of the field grasses. Only memories of that remain. And the memories of harvesting the clover blossoms with a friend who was basically a city girl.
Thanks Angie—how cool is that, clover tea 🙂
and I would certainly add my clover honey –yum 🙂
Yes, we definitely added clover honey from a local farmer to the tea. After a couple of tries it was very delicious, but the first cup took some getting used to.
I love it when a bees pollen sacs are full of the yellow pollen! Great photos. You just keep feeding those bees and doing your part to keep them from extinction! Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤