Daisies are my favourite flowers. They are cheerful and exuberant. They are one of the few things I can grow without ever having a problem with it, unless if it’s very hot and I don’t water enough. No pests, no diseases, the dog doesn’t eat them either. Win all around.
Daisies belong to the Asteraceae or Compositae, which is an extraordinary large and widespread family of flowering plants with currently 32.913 accepted species names in 1911 genera lists and about 13 subfamilies. Quite the family tree, really.
Like in any family there are some black sheep. The Dandelion, for example, much loved by many, has become a significant weed in some parts of Northern America.
Daisies grow almost anywhere in the world in one form or another. They are mainly herbaceous plants (plants without a woody stem above ground) but they can also be shrubs and trees and climbers.
The daisy also has some fancy family members, which includes food crops, like the lettuce, chicory, globe artichoke, sunflower, amongst others. The cut flower industry enjoys Chrysanthemums, Gerberas, Dahlias, Tagetes and Zinnia. The Chamomile is a family member, also, and the Echinacea. As well as Calendula, Tarragon or Marigold.
And the whole family is good for bees, because of the abundance of pollen. Not so good for humans with hey fever. But hey, can’t have everything, right.
So I paid homage to my little daisy love with this creation of Daisy Love. I actually had some people be astounded by the fact that this grew in my garden, which of course it didn’t, but in Photoshop. Although I’m flattered because if it looks that realistic then I must have done well.