As we continue with our flower celebration, this month we introduce the daisy, from the aster family, and part of the sunflower family. It was classified as Compositae in 1792 by a German botanist. This flower is considered the 5th most popular flower in the world. It is widespread and can be found on any continent except Antarctica. It is a fairly inexpensive flower, and one of the April birth flowers. The word daisy actually originates from an old English word which meant “days eye” due to the flowers closing at night and opening in the daytime. It can also be a girls’s name in different countries, such as Daisy, Marguerite, Margarita, and Daizy.
While most daisies are highly recognized, such as the ones with white petals and yellow centers, there are also many different types such as:
Michaelmas daisy, also known as Aster, which symbolizes a farewell. They are found in most countries and attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Gerber daisy, symbolizes cheerfulness and sincerity.
English daisy, symbol of childhood, or mother love. These grow better in cool weather.
Ox Eye daisy, a daisy that is very easy to grow and blooms all summer. This is a smaller flower and are drought resistent.
Gloriosa daisy – these beautiful brown and yellow ones are also deer resistant, and are more commonly known as Black-eyed Susans.
Cape daisy – these have purple eyes, and attract butterflies
African daisy – native to South Africa but grow well in the northeast, southeast, midwest, southeast and western regions.
Garland Daisy – prefers sandy soil, grows from 2 to 3 feet and blooms from summer to fall.
Shasta daisy – This daisy is the one we most associate with the name and will be our featured one.
These are the ones that have a yellow center, two rows of white petals, and dark green leaves. With all those petals, no wonder we used to play “loves me, loves me not” as children with them, An innocent game, which is also what the flower symbolizes; innocence, purity and true love. Another popular thing to do with them is to create a “daisy chain” or a garland, by stringing them together by their stems. Children have made daisy chains as May Day crowns. They bloom from mid spring to late summer, and will keep flowering, creating new buds as you cut them for display or just “dead head” them.
The cultivated Shasta daisy has large flower heads that may reach a diameter of 4″ and bloom in clumps from 2 to 3 feet tall. Once planted, they spread all over and are great plants to share. Due to their resistence to many plant diseases and pests, they are very hearty. In North America, they may actually grow as weeds.
Did you know that daisy leaves are edible? You can add them to a salad, or even make tea with them, which has medicinal qualities. However, if you have ragweed allergies, stay away from them.
This week we will share 3 different daisy patterns for you to add to our Celebrating the Flower project. If you have not already made the poppies we already introduced, they are included in the event link at the bottom of this posting. They too are perfect to make for the month of May.
The first daisy will be a full Shasta daisy, by Silvana Tabacchi, giving you the option of making it with one or two layers of petals. Silvana, an Admin of the group, accepted the challenge to create a flower for this series, and thoroughly enjoyed the process. The next one will be released on Thursday, and the final one on Saturday, just in time for Mother’s day, if you are in the US and celebrate it. Either one, or all can make a lovely little pin or corsage for you to make, but also keep in mind that after we have all of our flower patterns released, there is a much bigger project in mind. Many thanks to our testers for ensuring easy to follow patterns. Pick your colors, make a few, share your photos with us.
Daisy 1 by Silvana Tabacchi
Daisy 2 – Daisy Pin by Judie Huhn Benson, also designer of Hugs Afghan. Judie has designed a few more beautiful flowers, which you will be seeing as we move along.
Daisy 3 by Leslie R. Holm, a very sweet flower indeed. Keep an eye out for more of her flowers to come.
Link to event:
Daisies begin May 9 and end May 12, 2018