Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Flowering Miss Daisy

Oxeye Daisy


Many gardeners regard the oxeye daisy as little more than a weed. Well maybe they are right, but if it is a weed it is quite a pretty weed and I don't mind the couple of clumps which have established themselves in the yard under the garden wall. The local bees and hover flies seem to like them as well.


Apparently the unopened flower buds can be marinated and used much like capers. Definitely a flower of the meadow. Do I really remember them among the stooks on my maternal grandfather's farm fifty years ago? That is the memory and I want it to be true. A flower of early summer. A flower of reminiscence and hazy and comforting memories of childhood.


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