Daisies - A Guide to Daisy Flowers

"The daisy's for simplicity and unaffected air" -- Robert Burns
Daisies

The symbol of innocence and purity – new beginnings and love – the daisy. Such a simple but yet sophisticated flower. The daisy flower surprises the human eye with its sincere and elegant look. Daisies are quite popular in wedding bouquets but they can also make a wonderful flowerbed in your garden. Cheerful and exuberant, you can easily fall in love with any daisy, at any time or place. Daisies can be found everywhere on Earth and they have been around for over 49 million years. The name – daisy - means "day' eye" which refers to the fact that daisies bloom at dawn.

The Daisy Flower

The legend of the daisy flower says that daisies originate from a Dryad. A nymph caught the eye of the god of the orchards and, in order to escape his unwanted attention she turned herself into a bellis – the botanical name used for daisies.

A simple and modest flower, the daisy is also representative for guessing one's love. This "ritual" started in ancient times and it is still practiced today. It all started with a maid plucking a daisy's petals slowly one by one, enchanting, for each and every petal she pulled – "He loves me, he loves me not", and thus predicting the final result.

Also, maids would pick, blindfold a handful of daisies - the number of daises picked would tell the number of years she would have until she marries. Also, in dreams, daisies were considered lucky if dreamt in summer, but unlucky if dreamt in the fall.

In medicine, daisies were considered able to cure sanity if the patient would drink daisies steeped in wine. Daisies remain, still, a symbol of shared feelings of attraction, beauty, purity and innocence.

Daisies are fun to grow flowers! Your garden will have a dashing look if you pick daisies to be either flowerbeds or containers. After planting, daisies will continue to bloom in your garden year after year, making the most out of your flowerbeds!

  • Soil: Daisies need to grow in a well-drained soil, rich in humus that can feed them throughout the entire year. If you add manure and compost to it, then your daisies will grow aster and stronger as well.
  • Sun: Daisies need plenty of sun to grow, so make sure you pick the sunniest spot in your garden if you want your daisies to bloom properly.
  • Water: Daisies do not require much care, but watering is very important during the hot season, so make sure your give them plenty of water!
  • Fertilization: You need to fertilize young daisies every month in order to keep them growing nicely, and just before blooming, you can add a high phosphorous fertilizer that will improve the quality of your daisy flowers!
  • Disease: Daisies are not very sensitive to insects, but in case you ever have a problem with pests and diseases, you can use an insecticidal soap and your daisies will be safe!
  • Design: Daisies look best if they are planted in clumps or groups and placed as flowerbeds in your garden.
  • Caring: When the cold season starts it is recommended you cover the daisies with heavy mulch in order to protect them from the freezing winter.

A daisy garden is not hard to grow if you follow these simple rules. In the end you will have a cheerful garden, filled with light and delight!

Daisies are amazing, simple flowers that can be used easily in any bouquet or arrangement as they always have a fresh look and can look dazzling for hours. But keep in mind that they symbolize a sweet and simple love. Daisies are versatile flowers but also hearty they both can be elegant or rustic.

  • If you wish to create a playful and stylish bouquet, daisies are the answer; daisy bouquet can be used for a formal event and also for a casual one.
  • A simple but dashing daisy bouquet can be created out of purple cone flower, Shasta and Montauk daisies.
  • A formal daisy bouquet can be formed by mixing delicate daisies with white calla lilies or red mums – a dazzling effect for the human eye!
  • Mix classic lemon-yellow daisies with white ones alongside any other pastel-blue or light mint-green ones, you can even try mixing gloriosa daisies as they have a more dark brown center – this will form a witty flower arrangement.
  • Daisies can be wonderfully mixed with roses, mum and hydrangeas – this is a magnificent choice for a wedding bouquets or centerpieces.
  • Mixing various types of daises can also be a brilliant choice – the simplicity of a daisy will always tone up any flower arrangement.

Daisies are one of the cutest flowers in the world - pure and simple, symbolizing youth and inocence, daisies are a wonderful choice for your wedding flowers. A bride should always be as fresh as a daisy - enchanting and blissful every minute of her special day.

  • Daisies come in a wide variety of colors but mostly used in weddings are the white and yellow daisies.
  • Daisies may be mixed with flowers like roses, peonies, gerbera daisies, with tulips in a spring wedding looking fragile and fresh especially in hand-tied bouquets.
  • Daisies can also bring a dramatic look to your wedding arrangements if picked in strong colors like fuchsia, raspberry or deep mauve.
  • With their color and fragrance, daisies bring an aesthetic beauty to any wedding creating the perfect atmosphere in which one should get married.
  • Use daisies mixed with sunflowers and other traditional flowers like green or white carnations for a rustic wedding and mix them with hydrangeas or roses for a more sophisticated one.
  • Daises can be used for corsages and boutonnieres as well, along with greenery and baby's breath.
  • If you have a guest book at your wedding than this can be accessorized with daises as well - design your book adding daisies on the cover.
  • Remember there are several types of daises - African daisies - also known as the cape daisies, English daisies - which are in fact the common daises, sunflowers - which are always a bold choice for weddings because they are so colorful - they mix well with turquoise and white flowers - these are used in late summer and autumn weddings predominantly.

Daisies come in a wide variety of colors. Here are some daisies types:

  • White Daisy

    The white daisy is used since the 18th century in predicting if your loved one loves you back, by playing the classical "He loves me, He loves me not" game. These white flowers are a symbol of freshness, modesty and simple beauty, also conveying the promise of secrecy: "I'll never tell!"

  • Pink Daisy

    Pink daisies suggest summer, innocence and joy. These pink flowers are often used for rural summer weddings, especially varieties like: Pink Daisy Poms, Pink African Daisies and Mammoth Mum Dark Pink Daisy.

  • Purple Daisy

    Also called Western daisy, due to the fact that it originates in the lower Mississippi basin, the purple daisy comes in varieties of royal purple, han purple or orchid purple.