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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