Bellis – English Daisy, Herb Margaret, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Bellis
– English Daisy, Herb Margaret

The
Daisy of Europe is the one of which we speak here. Who
has not read the words of Burns and Wordsworth, and
having read, who has not admired these charming button-like
flowers tile more ? Let us read again several stanzas
of Burns:

TO
A MOUNTAIN DAISY

On
turning one down with the plow

Wee,
modest, crimson-tipped flower,
Thou ‘s met me in an evil hour;
For I maun crush amang the stoure*
Thy slender stern;
To spare thee now is past my power,
Thou bonnie gem.

Cauld
blew the bitter biting north
Upon thy early, humble birth,
Yet cheerfully thou glinted forth
Amid the storm,
Scarce reared above the parent earth
Thy tender form.

*Stoure-means
dust.
Glinted-means peeped.

With
the Tulips in the early days of Spring the English Daisy
(Bellis pereanis) starts to produce its single
or double white, pink, rose and red flowers upon its
low plants, for they seldom grow over 3 inches tall.
Although they bloom quickly in the Spring, the finest
flowers are produced in the Fall when it is cooler.

UTILIZE.
They are combined with Pansies and Forget-me-nots and
are also used as a ground cover for Hyacinths, Tulips,
and other bulbs, either in the rock garden, as an edging
for borders, or in the early window boxes.

GENERAL.
The hot weather is very severe on the English Daisies.
They should be planted 6 inches apart each way in cool
soil. They should be protected in the Winter and if
they are kept in coldframes, will bloom during the Winter
as do Pansies and Violets.

PROPAGATION.
The finer English Daisies are propagated by division
in the Fall. They grow easily from seed which should
be sown in August in coldframes, where they should be
kept during the Winter.

 


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