Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Gerbera - Lure of the Daisies

Gerberas always brighthen any garden. They make very good bedding plants as they are low lying. I have them in many colours and shades. Potted flowering gerberas can be brought indoors to be enjoyed for weeks.

Even then when Tasha was a 2-month-old puppy, she would always patrol the garden and ... 

 
look for a cozy niche amongst the daisies  to ...
chill out. 

She had the leisure of sniffing out the flowers one by one though they are without any discernible fragrance. She also bear witness to ...
the unfolding ...
and the unfurling of the petals over several days.

The saturation of orange hues also marks its maturity...

to full bloom.


  This is a robust homegrown variety, rather resistant to pests and fungal growth. Large clumps are formed in no time which can then be divided.


This yellow petal hybrid has become puny looking where before it has thick luscious petals in many whorls.


This red colour is full bodied in volume formed by the many tiers of petals.

A delightful bouquet of gerberas.
  
Whenever I look at Gerberas, the tune of this little ditty from my childhood days will spontaneously play in my mind ...
"Daisy Daisy,
Give me your answer do!
I'm half crazy,
All for the love of you!
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage,
But you'll look sweet on the seat
Of a bicycle built for two!"

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