Why I Love the Shortest Day of the Year

It’s plain and simple.  Once you hit the shortest day of the year, every day after that brings just a little bit more light and takes us ever so closer back to Spring.

Hail the Winter Solstice!  Here comes the Sun!

In honor of The Solstice, (and actually not having much to do with The Solstice), I will share a photo of my dark purple Oxalis plant, Oxalis regnellii atropurpurea (otherwise known as the Purple Shamrock) which happens to make me feel rather happy (especially in winter).  I suppose this should be discussed in March, but I am marking the official arrival of Winter by leaning towards Spring, celebrating the beginning of the lengthening of days.

This Oxalis makes pink flowers. During the day, with leaves spread open like giant lucky clovers, it leans towards the light.  At night the leaves fold over to sleep in vampire cloaks, large burgundy moths against the window.

Happy Holidays to all……………..

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5 Responses to Why I Love the Shortest Day of the Year

  1. Ah, beautiful photos! And Happy Solstice! 🙂


  2. karen says:

    Happy Solstice to you too! I love my purple oxalis as well 🙂


  3. I haven’t properly appreciated Oxalis before, at least not as much as your photos demand. Are they tough to keep growing? i.e. Do they require water at all?!


    • daeja's view says:

      This Oxalis was started from a few corms that a friend gave me. I just keep watering it and it keeps flowering. They wilt and die back on a regular basis and sprout anew continually. For a while I didn’t think it was going to get any larger….then I realized maybe it needed a bigger pot and since then it’s spread out some. Considering I am sort of a Black Thumb when it comes to houseplants, I have been somewhat surprised that this one is doing so well. But yes, it likes water and filtered light.


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