As Bellis perennis, “beautiful”, “persistent”, the little daisy was included in the dictionary of plant names. In the language of flowers, they symbolize purity and childlike innocence. That was a long time before short-cut lawn carpets became very fashionable and popular and the delicate flower slipped into the negative list of undesirable lawn flowers together with the dandelion. Fortunately, some plant breeders regretted this fact and created new varieties of simple beauty. So suddenly daisies appeared in the gardens in pastel and strong shades of red and pink. What was lost in the process, however, is the “persistent” characteristic, because with the lush flowering, the plants became increasingly demanding and are now only grown in the garden every two years. The cultivated Bellis have names like “Roggli”, “Pomponette” or “Habanera”.
The best time to sow is in June and July. Daisies are light germs, so you should only cover the seeds very thinly with soil. With careful care, indigenous leaf rosettes develop by autumn, with which the plants survive the winter. You could of course cover the new plants in autumn with cold-insulating film as a precaution to protect them from severe frost. If you have planted the rosettes in pots or boxes, then you can place them in a protected space to overwinter and make sure that the soil does not dry out. The reward for this work comes at the beginning of spring. The first buds appear as early as March.
In the nursery, Bellis plants are already in bloom in spring. It should be noted, however, that these are much more spoiled in the greenhouse than the self-grown specimens. For this reason, it is advisable to bring the delicate beauties into the warm house. Otherwise it is possible that they will not survive the possible late frost.
Very few people know that the delicate, wild-growing daisies are edible. The buds and flowers taste slightly hot and are therefore an excellent topping for a sandwich or a colorful, healthy salad.
Daisies are closely related to the customs around Easter. Those who pick the first three flowers of the year by mouth and eat them will be spared diseases all year round. If you can cover 7 flowers at once with your foot, spring is here.
Children love daisies and use them for oracle games (he loves me, he doesn’t love me …) or make wreaths from them. Aren’t those good reasons enough for the popular Bellis cultivated forms to lean their heavy heads out of beds or pots and discover their ancestors in the lawn ?!
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