Today gathering kindling in the woods behind my house it was lovely to see the drifts of wood sorrel bathed in sunlight. Now the season’s a little more sure of itself, I’m starting to enjoy exploring the contrasts between Home and Away, North and South and City and Country – a strong impulse for my writing.
Oxalis acetosella (wood sorrel or common wood sorrel) is also known as Alleluia, as it generally flowers between Easter and Pentecost. Like everything else, it’s late this year but the coolness will also keep it in bloom for longer than usual. The acetosella part of its name refers to the tart citrusy flavour of the leaves; heart-shaped and folded, they are a particularly vivid green. The white flowers have fine mauve lines pencilled inside each petal.
Tonight it’s Vesakha Puja – the full moon of May being the traditional time to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday. Blessings on all beings this holiday weekend!