Dancing with the Daisies

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See, the grass is full of stars,
Fallen in their brightness;
Hearts they have of shining gold,
Rays of shining whiteness.

 

Buttercups have honeyed hearts,
Bees they love the clover,
But I love the daisies’ dance
All the meadow over.

 

Blow, O blow, you happy winds,
Singing summer’s praises,
Up the field and down the field
A-dancing with the daisies.

– Marjorie Pickthall

To me, daisies are the epitome of spring and innocence.

They’re so pure, simple, playful, and pretty much the flower equivalent of a daydream.

If I were a flower, this is the one I’d choose to be.

Couldn’t think of a better flower to get me through the dreary April showers!

Some fun facts about the daisy:

  • Daisies are found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica.
  • The name “daisy” is thought to come from the Old English “daes eage” meaning “day’s eye” for the way in which it opens at dawn.
  • A daisy is actually two flowers in one: the (usually) white petals and the cluster of (usually) tiny yellow disc petals that form the “eye”.
  • Daisy leaves are edible and can make a tasty addition to salads (they’re closely related to artichoke and are high in Vitamin C).
  • Medicinal properties ascribed to the daisy include that it slows bleeding, relieves indigestion and eases coughs. In homeopathy, the garden daisy is known as the gardener’s friend for its ability to ease an aching back.
  • It is also a flower given between friends to keep a secret; the daisy means “I’ll never tell.”
  • Bees love daisies making them an important friend of honey makers. (this makes me love them more!)

 

Hope everyone has a great first full month of spring!

 

Forever Floral,

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