Daisy – the beginning of a new day

Several quick facts about my favorite flowers – daisies:

The daisy is a flowering plant belonging to the family Asteraceae (also called Compositae).

Daisies belong to the family of ‘vascular plants’ which make up almost 10% of all flowering plants on Earth.

There are approximately 4000 species of daisies of different sizes, shapes and colors.

Daisies are found on every single continent except Antarctica.

Daisies can live in both wet and dry climates, and they are resistant to pesticides and insects. Not a picky plant, daisies grow well both in full sun and in part sun or even shady areas.

The Daisy is a herbaceous plant that can grow from 3 inches to 4 feet (!) in height, depending on the species.

The daisy plant leaf texture varies and can be smooth or covered with trichomes (little hairs).

Some daisy species are annual, lasting only one year, and some are biennial (life cycle ends after two years). The color of the flower depends on the species. The most common daisy is white with a yellow center, but there can be found purple ones with a brown center, red with yellow, orange with yellow, pink with yellow center, yellow with a dark red center, blue with green center and so on.

The flower symbolism associated with the daisy is one of purity, innocence, loyal love, beauty, patience and simplicity.

The name Daisy comes from the Old English “daes eage,” meaning “day’s eye.” The name derives from the way they close their petals in the evening, and open again in the morning, which symbolizes the beginning of a new day.

Daisies have been popular flowers in history and are believed to be more than 4,000 years old.

Daisies have lots of medicinal properties.

Daisy leaves can make a tasty addition to salads (they are closely related to the artichoke and are high in Vitamin C).

The largest game of “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” was played by 331 people in Milan, Italy. Participants plucked daisy petals to determine if their secret crush loved them back.

Daisies are often depicted in meadows in Medieval paintings and were described as a “flowery mead.”

Egyptian ceramics were decorated with daisies. The English daisy (Bellis perennis) is considered a stubborn weed in North American lawns.

The daisy family was classified by Paul Dietrich Giseke, a German botanist and close friend of the Swedish ‘father of modern taxonomy’ Carl Linnaeus.

A daisy actually consists of two flowers in one. The (usually) white petals count as one flower and the cluster of (usually) tiny yellow disc petals that form the ‘eye’ is technically another.

Daisy leaves can make a tasty addition to salads and contain Vitamin C.

Bees just LOVE daisies. These include Goldenrod, making them an important friend of honey makers.

Now have a look at some daisy photos I’ve taken recently.

China Calandine – a real hero survivor

This lovely plant with lovely bright yellow flowers is China Calandine (or Greater Calandine).

China Calandine. Photo by Shorena Ratiani

It grows everywhere, literally everywhere – on ground, on rocks, anywhere where it can find a little bit of soil.

To me this plant is a real symbol of life – it can even drill into cement to find a place to thrive. China Calandine is a real hero survivor!

China Calandine. Photo by Shorena Ratiani

I’m also fascinated with the colors of its leaves. Its colors are so different – when it is in full bloom or when it turns to ‘autumn mode’.

China Calandine. Photo by Shorena Ratiani

The botanical name of China Calandine is Chelidonium majus. It can be found growing wild in almost all European countries, West Asia, North Africa, and North America. The plant prefers dry sunny areas and is often found next to buildings, or thickets.

China Calandine. Photo by Shorena Ratiani

Greater Calandine is a perennial plant belonging to the poppy family (Papaveraceae). It can grow up to 60 cm in height and the whole plant contains a large amount of yellow that turns orange when it comes into contact with air.

China Calandine. Photo by Shorena Ratiani

The whole plant is widely used in herbal medicine in many countries. I remember how my grandmother collected and dried them for medical purposes – it was a pity that I never asked what ailments it was believed to cure.

Part of my greater calandine photos in my gallery.

I hope you all have a bright and happy day.

Shorena

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Bright and Happy Golden Currants

I love everything yellow – it is such a bright, soft and happy color. I especially love yellow flowers. So when I have an opportunity, I always seek them out and photograph them.

I took these photos over a 3 week period when golden currants were flowering. The full name of this plant is ‘Ribes Aureum Golden Currant’.

Golden currants. Photo by Shorena Ratiani

Delicate golden currants in my photo gallery.

I hope you all have a bright and happy day.

Shorena

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Rebirth

I don’t believe in complete death. Energy can’t disappear – it just changes the form.

This spiral is a journey that leads to light. My tempera painting ‘Rebirth’.

'Rebirth'. Acrylic painting by Shorena Ratiani
‘Rebirth’. Painting by Shorena Ratiani

Shorena Ratiani Art 
Title: Rebirth
Medium: Tempera and chalk pastel on paper
Dimensions: 50 X 70 cm (20″ X 28″)

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Shorena

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Connections

This is all about how some connections can make flowers when others just an empty place. My acrylic painting ‘Connections’.

'Connections'. Painting by Shorena Ratiani. Acrylic on paper.
‘Connections’ by Shorena Ratiani

Shorena Ratiani Art
Title: ‘Connections’
Medium: Actylic on paper
Dimensions: 30 X 43 cm (12″ X 17″)

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Shorena

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