Sunday, July 25, 2010

Today's Flower - Swan River Daisy

Swan River Daisy
Brachyscome 'Happy Face Pink'
Synonyms: ‘Jumbo Mauve’

This is an annual that we have enjoyed growing in containers for the last several years. It always seems to fill its spot and blooms continuously. You don’t see it that often for sale but luckily one grower near us always has a small crop. This is the first year for growing the ‘jumbo’ type and the flowers are much larger but the habit seems about the same.

Brachyscome is a genus of about 75 species mostly from Australia. Generally it is an adaptable and easy to grow flower that can grow under a wide range of conditions and garden situations (containers, rock garden, seashore). This particular species is named after the Swan River in Western Australia .. Some of the other species have interesting common names like Swamp Daisy (B. basaltica), Grass Daisy (B. graminea), Tufted Daisy (B. scapigera) and Snow Daisy (B. nivalis). I haven’t seen any of those for sale but would try them if I did.

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Since it is Sunday and that means Flowers from Today here is a bonus flower picture. It is another homegrown one.

Yellow Foxglove
Digitalis grandiflora
Synonyms: Digitalis orientalis, Digitalis ambigua

This plant is a biennial for the most part. I have been encouraging its seeding around the garden especially in the shady areas. It seems to be able to take both dry and moist soil although it prefers the latter. The seeding program is easy, just crushing the seed pods and sprinkling the seed around the plant and occasionally moving it to new areas. When the seed finds an area it likes it flourishes. This one is a little close to my heart, literally, since I take a dose of Digoxin everyday for my heart condition.


eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous photos! I just love the Swan River Daisy! I just love any kind of Daisies!

lazyclick said...

Beautiful flowers, very lovely colors.

Tammie Lee said...

both are quite lovely~

EG Wow said...

Swan River daisies are delightful! And I very much like the yellow foxglove.

i beati said...

quite a cntrast those two - together in a vase dynamite sandy

Anonymous said...

that's a very pretty daisy, i haven't see it before.

guild-rez said...

Daisies and Foxclove grow in my garden as well. Loved by all insects.
Great pictures and information!

Chuchie | Chie Wilks said...

great looking flowers here that are captured beautifully..i am curious about Yellow Foxglove, that flower is new to me..thanks for sharing

mine is here

SandyCarlson said...

Awesome stuff!

Kala said...

The yellow foxglove is gorgeous and I did not know it bloomed in that color.

Indrani said...

Whoa! Beautiful.