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Daisy Power

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – October 14

What is it about the daisy shaped flower that captures our hearts? Is it the simplicity? Are these types of blooms somehow permanently linked to cheerfulness? Does the daisy mysteriously call to our hearts, or do they just cause us to unconsciously think, “He loves me, he loves me not?”

I don’t know where our deep attraction to this shape of flower comes from, but they are truly appealing for some reason. From the ox-eye daisies in May to the hardy mums in October, these flowers are charming.

So what is the larger message here? It’s partly a reminder that there are deeper currents of appeal and meaning than we sometimes understand. But although we may not appreciate why we’re responding as we do, that doesn’t mean we should discount the power of such archetypical shapes and objects.

The daisy form flower speaks to our souls and calls us to be happy. Let’s say, “Yes” to these cheerful blossoms, plant them in our yards and gardens, and be grateful for the joy that they bring into our lives.

Dendranthema 'Cambodian Queen' - lavender and late blooming.

Dendranthema 'Sheffield Pink' - the classic hardy mum with good reason.

2 comments to Daisy Power

  • Love that Dendranthema, CL. When does it start blooming?

  • The ‘Cambodian Queen’ and ‘Sheffield Pink’ have been flowering for about a week now, so they are some of later varieties to come out. I have the ‘Cambodian Queen’ planted in part-shade, however, so I’m not sure if it would be the same in a sunnier location. Next year I’ll cut a piece of it off the original plant and place it in more sun to see what happens. I also have ‘Mary Stoker’ that blooms a full three or four weeks ahead of the two in flower now, and ‘Penelope Pease’, which is the latest of the four. Come visit sometime and I’ll give you some!