I’m doing a Flowery Friday Flashback to mid-June and a stormy day at Swan Lake, in northern Alberta. Clover has one of those reputations: depending on who you ask, it’s either an abominable ghastly weed or a valuable pollinator plant/nitrogen fixer/Very Good Thing.
This is alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum), and it looks pretty spectacular dressed up with rain drops and just the right light. I always mistakenly thought that alsike clover was a cross between red (T. pratense) and white clover (T. repens), but it’s not, in spite of the misleading name and the combination of red and white colour in the flowers.
I live on a few acres and don’t have to compete with neighbors for the most beautiful lawn in the subdivision so I vote ‘valuable pollinator’ and a very good thing. 🙂
Absolutely! It’s so nice that you don’t have to worry about a bit of clover in the lawn…I spoke with a homeowner early last spring who wanted to plant white clover in his urban lawn (with the idea that it would eventually pretty much replace his grass lawn) and he was a bit worried about what his neighbours would think. It’s too bad growing “alternative” lawns isn’t widely encouraged here yet.
Ahhh. Thanks for the flashback!
You’re so very welcome! Missing the summer already, just a little bit…. 🙂
That is a spectacular photo Id say! Have a great weekend, Johanna
Thanks so much, Johanna! I imagine you’re very nearly ready for Christmas – are your sons home already?
It’s very warm here 13) no winter.I also take today a photo of the flower of the clover
You are really having unseasonably warm weather there! Blooming clover in December! Wow!
This is a Very Good Thing and such a pretty flower too!
I think it is overlooked sometimes, but it’s really very beautiful!
Clover is beautiful! I leave it in my “lawn”. The bees love it! There is a bunny who comes out from the forest behind us during the summer to snack on the clover. He never goes for the veggies, probably because of the clover and dandelions. He also loves alstroemeria! Great photo!
I love how the bees just go crazy for clover…it’s fun to watch. That bunny sounds like he has the perfect banquet…and the bonus is that he doesn’t eat your veggies! Nice!
Great photo! But it is a bit odd to see the WordPress “snow” falling in front of the blooms! 😉
I bet it does! 🙂 I didn’t even know that “snow” was falling on here – it doesn’t show up on my end. I went in and turned it off – hopefully it’s not doing it anymore.
Have a wonderful weekend!
So gorgeous! Cheers to flashbacks!
Thanks so much! 🙂
This is wonderful, Sheryl. I like how the in-focus blossoms aren’t all clustered together. Well done.
Thanks so much, Frank, I appreciate it!
You can put me down in the “like” column. I planted a clover that grows as a ground cover years ago, and smile at all the places it pops up year after year. What I didn’t know was that it is such a valuable pollinator. That bit of news makes me a happy gardener.
Beautiful photo, Sheryl.
It truly is a useful and pretty plant!
I hope your Christmas was wonderful!
Sheryl, Christmas was wonderful this year. It was calm and serene, gathered at home with my husband and two sons, three cats and no agenda. Fabulous. How was yours?
Such a beautiful photo. I am a clover lover, like the bees. 🙂
I’m with you on that! 🙂
Generally, I’m not a fan of clover in my yard but you’ve shown it in such a gorgeous composition I shall rethink that the next time I bend down to pull it out of my gravel 😀
LOL – I guess even unwanted plants can be pretty! 🙂