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!