If there was a flower that summed up this glorious day it would be the Power Daisy.
I must admit that when Mrs G spotted this in a plant catalogue, although new to me and for no reason other than snobbery, I tried to steer her away. “I think there is something really good on the next page” trying to divert her attention to something more worthy “did I see something about free Monster Munches with every purchase?”. What I was thinking was “What kind of name is Power Daisy? Sounds like another gimmick to me. A trap for the horticultural vulnerable”. Of course as it was Mrs G’s party she was free to Power Daisy if she wanted to. And she did.
And it transpires that I was quite wrong. Well I was right about the naff name, but not about the plant. From small beginnings last year they grew strongly, giving a fine display until late autumn. Not only have they all successfully over-wintered, they began flowering over a month ago and look likely to continue that way. They have had no special treatment. Just my usual love and the odd tune.
It is a calendula hybrid. This one is called Sunny and never has a plant been more accurately named. There is more on their story here in Mr Fothergill’s Blog. Apparently more colours are on the way. Bring it on!
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Imagine if you were the one that needed to come up with a name for a plant. It’s an awesome responsibility, don’t you think?
Funnily enough, I have just named a flower, a dahlia. I won a competition. Watch this space ……
How cool is that? I will stay tuned.
Lovely. Yellow is a favourite flower colour and calendulas my favourite flowers so I really like the look of these. xx
Sounds like it should be called Flighty then!
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Must admit I’m not a fan of bright yellow flowers, preferring the more muted yellows; nor am I a fan of the current trend for what I call “techno-names” like “tomtato” and all these sunthings –
“Sunpatiens”, “Sundiascia” and so on. I like the “deeper meaning” names; they give me an opportunity to do a bit of research such as who was Dorothy Perkins (the rambling rose). I’d avoid “Power Daisy” purely because of the name.
So you have named a flower a dahlia eh? Nice name. But someone got there first at the end of the 18th century. 🙂