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Researchers say that flowers have an immediate impact on people's happiness and health: "Flowers can help people rediscover their inner resources." Ed Schmookler, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist. Taken from the back cover of The Flower Remedy Book by Jeffrey Garson Shapiro (North Atlantic Books, 1999) "They have strong positive effects on our emotional well being," says internationally recognized psychologist Jeannette M. Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the State University of New Jersey. Read more about relaxation with flowers..>>

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Daisy Plant

Daisy Plant: Traditions and Beliefs

Daisy Plant: image from Flower Fantasy The Daisy plant belongs to the exclusive group of flowers that have played significant roles in human history. Since the old days the Daisy plant has always been considered a supreme flower, it has been associated with many ancient legends, it is mentioned in the Old Testament and New Testaments, it symbolizes chastity and virtue. The Daisy plant was also revered by the Church as the Virgin Mary’s flower because it represents her purity and kindness, that is why the pictures of the Virgin Mary were often decorated with Daisies. People also believed that after the death of a person, a Daisy would begin to grow on its own if the deceased had been a good man.

In both the Christian and pagan traditions, the Daisy is a fertility symbol. In Greek marriage ceremonies the bride wears a crown of Daisies and wheat… purity and abundance. Daisies are also a symbol of death, and at one time Daisies were placed on the graves of children.

Facts about the Daisy Plant

Daisies are very popular among gardeners. Daisies are easy to grow: they will readily tolerate poorer soils and partial shade, though daisies love well-drained, rich soil and sunshine. The Daisy Plant is seldom bothered by insects or pests, so it is perfect for beginners and kids. Everyone knows these modest flowers, even those of us who are not floriculturists. We see them all the time in flowerbeds and borders, decorating city streets throughout the summer, and never requiring much maintenance. There are varieties that grow in the wild, as well. About 80 varieties of daisy can be found in latitudes as diverse as New Zealand and North America. Because the daisy’s needs are few, it survives successfully even under difficult urban conditions. They also tend to spread quickly and can grow like weeds. But a daisy makes a very nice-looking weed, indeed.

Daisy Plant: History

All modern daisy varieties derive from a single species: the long-lived Bellis perennis, which grows freely in Europe and Asia Minor. White and pink are considered the traditional daisy colors, popular at times when the daisy has meant high fashion. Daisies have enjoyed particular popularity in England, where the damp climate boosts their growth. The English are responsible for the daisy’s gentle, affectionate name. On that foggy island, it flowers year ‘round. English poets have dedicated many beautiful lines to the daisy. In his poem, The Legend of Good Women, the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote:

That of all the floures in the mede,
Thanne love I must these floures white and rede,
Suche as men callen dayseys in her toune.

(“Of all the flowers in the fields,
I love best these flowers of white and red,
That men in her town call daisies.”)

James Montgomery, author of many poems and songs, wrote this about the daisy:

The rose has but a summer reign
The daisy never dies…

The daisy has been known as a crop plant for a relatively long time. In the past, it was treated exclusively as a medicinal plant; only in the 17th century did floriculturalists develop any interest in it. Over the last two centuries, selectionists have made concerted efforts to change the flower’s shape. Thanks to their diligence, the diameter of the daisy’s flower-cluster has increased by 2-3 times. This could not have been achieved without a few sad jokes. In mid-18th-century Germany, for some reason, it was decided that the daisy was extremely poisonous and should be eliminated. But either the law was poorly executed or the plant’s own hardiness saved it, because the daisy did not disappear. It continued to flower every spring as before.

Daisy Plant: Legends

Many beautiful folk legends and stories have been composed about the beloved daisy. Some of them resemble children’s tales in their purity and naivete. Here is one of those stories: One day the sun, gazing upon the flowers in the field, noticed a small daisy sheltering modestly in the shade of its luxuriant brothers. The sun was very surprised that it had never seen this pretty flower. The other flowers were always clamoring for bright colors, broad leaves, big flowers, but the daisy never asked the sun for a thing. Resolved to reward the diminutive plant for its humility, the sun asked: “Are you satisfied with your life? Is there anything I can do for you?” “No, thank you. I am quite satisfied,” answered the daisy. “But I love children very much, and I like to play with them. Help me give them joy all year.” So the sun touched the flower’s corolla with one of its rays. On that very spot appeared a small, yellow speck, and the daisy’s petals opened in all directions. From that time forward, you could see daisies any time of the year.

Here is another story. One winter the Blessed Virgin decided to surprise her son, Jesus, with a wreath of flowers, but because all the fields were covered in snow, there was not a flower to be had. She resolved to sew them from silk. While she was sewing, the sharp needle poked her finger. Drops of her blood turned some of the white flowers pink. Jesus liked the handmade flowers very much. He took good care of them all winter, and in the spring planted them and began to give them water. Jesus’ love blew life into them, and they were transformed into perfect white and red daisies.

In the Middle Ages, daisies were very popular among knights. If a girl responded to a proposal of hand and heart with the gift of a daisy wreath, in the language of the Middle Ages this meant: “I’ll think about it.” And if a girl agreed to marry a noble, he acquired the right to add the likeness of a daisy to his family seal. St. Louis, king of France, was one example. In honor of his wife, Margaret, he ordered that silver daisies be placed next to the gold lilies on the king’s banner and stamp. It is no accident that the name “Margaret” became so widespread among girls of royal blood, held by such women as the Duchess of Angou, Margaret of Austria, Margaret of Navarre, Margaret of Denmark, and many others. “Margaret” is a gift from the Greeks. In Greek, the name “Margaret” means “pearl.” And it is true; small daisies very much resemble silver pearls scattered across green meadows. The daisy received its scientific name, Bellis perennis (“eternal beauty” in Latin) in honor of Belides, a forest nymph, who begged the gods to change her into that modest flower.