Daisy – A Winter Gift From Nature

 This flower won’t be paid much attention if it’s not because of the time of arrival: in the early winter days, come quickly and go fast. It blooms only 1 very short time of 2 or 3 weeks and then disappears. Some gardeners tried to plant it earlier but it was still right at that time for flowers to bloom.

 According to Roman mythology, this tiny flower originated from Belides, one of the goddesses who cared for the forests. One day, while Belides was dancing with her lover, Ephigeus, she caught the eye of Vertumnus, the deity of the gardens. To protect her from this chase, Flora, the queen of flowers, turned her into a white daisy.

 The name “daisy” is considered a corruption of “day’s eye” because the whole head closes at night and opens in the morning. Chaucer called it “eye of the day”.

 The English Daisy is also considered to be a flower of children and innocence.

 Daisy is used as a girl’s name and as a nickname for girls named Margaret, after the French name for the oxeye daisy, marguerite.

Something you may not know
 Daisy leaves are edible
Daisy leaves can make a tasty addition to salads (they’re closely related to artichoke and are high in Vitamin C).

 Daisies have lots of medicinal properties
Daisies are thought to slow bleeding, relieve indigestion and ease coughs. In homeopathy, the garden daisy is known as the gardener’s friend for its ability to ease an aching back.

 If not controlled, some daisies can become serious weeds
This is because they thrive in generally inhospitable conditions are resistant to most bugs and pesticides.

 Bees love daisy relatives.
These include Goldenrod, making them an important friend of honey makers.
 Daisies are found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica.
 Daisies have traditionally been used for making daisy chains in children’s games.

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