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Daisy

A patron told me that all people resemble flowers and I'm a daisy.

According to the Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program:

...the daisy conveys many meanings—innocence, simplicity, childlike joy and playfulness, happiness, good luck, new beginnings, loyal love, and purity. It is a flower given between friends to keep a secret; the daisy means "I'll never tell." Daisies are presented to new mothers, representing fertility and motherhood.

According to Roman mythology the daisy also symbolizes chastity, modesty, and transformation. This meaning is derived from the story of Vertumnus, the god of seasons who loved a nymph, Belides. He pursued her to the point where she transformed herself into a daisy to escape his unwanted attention. The daisy's Latin name "Bellis" or "Bellus" is derived from Belides and means pretty. The species name "perennis" means lasting through the year.

Although admired for its many positive attributes, Bellis perennis, has a mixed reputation. Depending on personal experience, it can be an attractive low-spreading ornamental flower enhancing borders, rock gardens or containers. By contrast, it may be a common, persistent weed of lawns, fields and abandoned areas. The daisy has naturalized in parts of the northern United States and its introduction to non-native environments has made it an aggressive species, which can be difficult to control or eliminate.

Here are some daisies in my frontyard:

A couple dozen daisies with the corner of an orange house in the background and some tall pine trees behind the house.


...and all together groovy individual. Truth.

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