Hunting the Elusive Four-Leaf Clover

3 03 2013

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A couple years ago, we had one of those unusually warm spring days, and I relished it in a favorite way: Lounging in my backyard with my family and a good read. The mix of sun and showers, ideal for weeds, coaxed a blanket of clovers to spread throughout my lawn. Frowning, I ran my hand over them, pinched a vine that ran beneath a patch and tugged, disrupting any further growth at that point. Then I remembered hearing that every patch holds a four-leaf clover. Is that a myth? Do four-leaf clovers naturally exist? I peered over my quilt, studied the nearest patch, and spotted one within minutes. It was a small, young clover, but it certainly had four fully developed leaves. I plucked its stem from the ground and proudly showed it off. Since that day, I have found many four-leaf clovers, and even a five-leaf clover.

My favorite way to preserve a clover is to adhere it to paper, cover it and make a bookmark. Be sure the clover is dry but very fresh, or it will curl. Cut a piece of paper, cardboard or cardstock into the size of bookmark you want. With or without the stem on the clover (your preference), place the clover face-up on your bookmark with the leaves spread apart enough to distinguish each one. Carefully lay clear tape, sticky side down, over the entire clover and press flat onto the bookmark. To keep the bookmark from being ripped, tape the whole thing. Contact paper gives another good option for preserving your lucky charm on a bookmark. If you are not able to immediately take the clover from its patch to your bookmark—and who is, then place it in a small bowl of water for a day or two. When you’re ready, simply pat it dry and proceed. Clovers also can be pressed and dried in the same manner as flowers and leaves.

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I wish I had sure-fire advice on making your four-leaf clover hunt successful. Maybe patience. Maybe vigilance. Maybe time. Or, it just may be old-fashioned luck. However you arrive there—and I know you will—I’d love for you to share your experience with me. Happy hunting!

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