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Just call me Daisy

A few months ago I saw a little four pack of seedlings marked simply “Daisy” at a local nursery. They were really small, as seedlings go, but I liked them and brought them home. Not really knowing what they are (try googling ‘daisy’, you’ll get hundreds of results, none of which helped identify the seedlings I’d bought), I planted the four “daisies” in different spots, shade, semi shade and full sun. The ones in the sunniest position took off straight away and started to flower in winter, the others all appeared to be dormant, but were hanging in there.

A few weeks later I found a six pack of the same plant, this time labelled as “Argyranthemum” and so I had the name. Googling “Argyranthemum” reveals that there are hundreds of different ones and I still don’t really know what mine are – but who cares … they are pretty, fill in some gaps and seem to flowers for months on end as mine have been doing, with no sign of letting up. I have pink ones and white ones and I love them. I found a slightly larger one, labelled “Argyranthemum frutescens” and that one is doing well mixed in with the Heliotropium. The white and yellow flowers are perfect with the purple of the Heliotropium and the Dietes Grandiflora that are also flowering now.

[one_half]I have them in white …I have them in white ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And I have them in pink!And I have them in pink![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Pretty with the HeliotropiumPretty with the Heliotropium[/one_half]

[one_half_last]In deep shade, filling a dark holeIn deepest shade, filling a dark hole[/one_half_last]

[one_half]These are “Argyranthemum frutescens”There are "Argyranthemum something"[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Thriving with Salvia greggii in full sunThriving with Salvia greggii in full sun[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Happy with Carex and SalviaHappy with Carex and Salvia[/one_half]

[one_half_last]A rare view of my Alley-wayA rare view of my Alley-way[/one_half_last]

In other news … after being away from my garden for almost four weeks there is quite a lot to do. Lots of pruning, cutting back and weeding required, but I’m thrilled that my garden has seemed to reach the “third year they leap” stage. Lots of the plants were planted three seasons ago and are now really coming into their own. Its a joy to behold. And I have very very few “holes” left to fill.

Here are a few things that make me happy …

[one_half]Dietes grandiflora and HeliotropiumDietes grandiflora and Heliotropium[/one_half]

[one_half_last]New leaves on the LiquidamberNew leaves on the Liquidamber[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Petunias have started to flourishPetunias have started to flourish[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Yesterday, today and tomorrowYesterday, today and tomorrow[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The bugs have moved back inThe bugs have moved back in[/one_half]

[one_half_last]+/- 40 Agapanthus about to flower here+/- 40 Agapanthus about to flower here[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My gorgeous boy, always helping meMy gorgeous boy, always helping me[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My roses are floweringMy roses are flowering[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My Birches are full of leaf and gorgeousMy Birches are full of leaf and gorgeous[/one_half]

[one_half_last]I wish I knew what tree this is …I wish I knew what tree this is ...[/one_half_last]

Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

10 replies on “Just call me Daisy”

How fun the daisies are! Something I also found out when I added them (by chance) to the meadow. Love the fullness in your garden – so neat too! 🙂
Dex looking very dashing 🙂

How fun that you planted the “Daisies” in several different spots so you can compare! And thanks for sharing the joy of your beautiful spring garden! Welcome home, and I’m glad you had a nice trip!

Bet your garden is happy to have you back! Daisies are such happy little flowers just spreading lots of sunshine around. Glad they’re weren’t a disappointment 🙂

does the frutescens smell funky? It looks like my smelly white daisy, which I presume is an Argyranthemum (related to the Pyrethrum daisy). I’m steadily deadheading my monster bush, maybe tomorrow I’ll get it done. Moral of the story, prune HARD after flowering.

If you show detail of the mystery tree’s leaf, and flower, maybe …

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