Friday, July 3, 2009

Switzerland in Summer

Three new varieties of daisy are blooming n the garden right now. "Fluffy" is still in the bud stage, and "Crazy Daisy" is a little spent and fading round the edges -- it was the first to bloom. "Switzerland" the third variety is just coming into it's own right now though, as you can see. Deceptively simple, the daisy is a member of the composite family. Composite -- as in made up of many parts. Each "flower" is actually hundreds of tiny flowers. On the daisy the yellow centers are made of a type of flower known as Disk flowers and the white "petals" are actually a second kind of flower known as Ray flowers. Both types of flowers, held together by the scaly structure of modified leaves known as the Bract, form the total composite flower.

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