Are you going to purchase English daisies for you loved one? Would you like to have this flower in your flower vase as part of your home décor? Here are some interesting trivia about the English daisies that you need to know:
The English daisy (Bellis perennis) is classified under the aster family. It is believed that the word ‘daisy’ came from the Anglo-Saxon ‘daes eage’ meaning ‘day’s eye’. The English daisy has also been used for medicinal purposes for centuries for eye problems. Even King Henry VIII of England consumed English daisies to treat his stomach pains. It is also one of the medicinal plants stated by Ophelia in Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
This plant is a low-growing perennial flower that can be found in grassland areas. It has white ray-like petals around a yellow-coloured disc. It also has a tiny spoon-shaped leaves that forms a basal rosette. The flowers bloom in single manner and are connected above the foliage. The flowers and leaves of the English daisies are suitable for eating and can be used as an ingredient in salads.
There are instances that this flower opens at dawn and closes at dusk. For many generations, it has been a symbol of innocence and childhood. A favourite pastime of English children involves making crowns or chains by creating a tiny slit in the flower’s stem and introducing another flower on the gap. The chains that they made are used as bracelets, necklace and crowns. Traditionally, young English girls have used these flowers to determine their lover’s commitment by pulling off petals one by one while saying the famous ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ phrases.
There are six known varieties of English daisies. These are tasso, robella, pomponette, polar, habanera and bellisima. These varieties can be a perfect decoration to your home especially if you are growing tired of the usual flowers that you receive or purchase on the flower shops. You can also grow it in your garden for medicinal or business purposes. Here are the best places in your home where you can place these magnificent blooms:
- Living room. You can stun and surprise your friends, family and loved ones by displaying these beautiful and fragrant flowers in one of your fancy or homemade vases. Placing these flowers in your living room will give you a breather to your regular flowers such as roses, lilies and sunflowers.
- Bedroom. The English daisies can also inspire you to face a new day by displaying this in your bedroom. These flowers are indeed a good way to greet each morning with a smile and full of confidence especially if your previous day was very stressful and challenging.
- Home office. Inspiration is very hard to come by these days. However, by placing the breathtaking beauty of the English daisies in one of your flower vases in your home office, you will surely have an inspiration to finish your work. You can even have a wallpaper or screensaver of the English daisies in your computer to refresh your mind when you’re a little bit stressed.
If you wish to have a steady supply of the English daisies in your home all year long, growing it is also very easy. Here are the steps in successfully growing English daisies in your own garden:
- Clip off withered petals to encourage more bloom. Fertilize your English daisies using an organic fertilizer to advance its health during this cold season. Regularly water it most especially during the summer season.
- Plants carry on with the growth of its root systems even though its leaves die. Observe the weather carefully and help your daisies with good watering if dry moments exceeding 10 days happen.
- Decide if you will clip your daisies for the winter season or if you need the undergrowth to fall off naturally. You can cut off plants for good appearance. Some people also simply allow stalks fall to the ground during winter to serve as organic fertilizer. This allows extra nutrients to go back to your garden soil.
- Put a small layer of crushed bark mulch or decomposed leaves near the roots of the daisies. If you cut off the plants, cover the stems with a small layer of mulch. This will serve as insulation to maintain the soil’s moisture and slow down the effects of freezing and thawing on the portion of the roots.
Now that you know how to grow English daisies, you can start it in your own backyard as soon as possible. It will help you get an unlimited supply of daisies for home decoration and medicinal purposes.