Daisy: chains of flowers

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Daisy: chains of flowers

The ubiquitous and humble common daisy (Bellis perennis) is one of the first flowers we can name when, as youngsters, we are taught to make daisy chains! When a bit older we pull the petals off one by one saying "She loves me, she loves me not" or "He loves me ....!".

Love them or hate them if you have a lawn you almost certainly have the daisy growing there. Surely everyone has daisies on their lawn apart from one of my neighbours whose lawn is like astro-turf. Cutting the grass gets rid of them for an hour or two but it is not long before those familiar white and yellow flowers reappear.The name daisy comes from a corruption of the 'day's eye', the flowers close up at night and open during the day.

The books say that the daisy flowers from March to October but here in Dorset, the soft south, you can see daisies in flower at any time of the year. They prefer short grazed (or mown) turf everywhere and they are so familiar we take them for granted but looked at close up they are attractive little flowers.

The flowers have homeopathic uses in treating cuts and bruises. The leaves can be eaten in salads and can be dried and made in to a tea, both are considered goos for digestive problems.


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 11 months ago

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