The unpredictability of gardening, some you lose, some you win. But it is always a joy.

On a visit to a native plant nursery back in November 2017 (I can hardly believe it was that long ago, it only seemed like yesterday!) I became enamoured by a dazzling display of paper daisies.

garden garage kookaburra 037_3888x5184They were $10 a small pot. So I decided to grow some from seed. So, filled with enthusiasm, I scattered the seed onto a seed tray.

garden garage kookaburra 089_5184x3888I lavished care and devotion on them. Growing them on in individual pots, then into larger pots. Finally, triumphantly, planting them in the garden.

Every day I would check their progress. Willing them to grow and flower

I had them planted around in any empty spots. These did not do very well, I think maybe not enough sunlight here. They sulked and refused to flourish. I used seaweed solution and sprinkled Dynamic Lifter around and watered during dry spells, but to no avail. In another area they received too much rain and the flower heads rotted before opening. Finally, disappointed and admitting defeat, they became compost fodder.

I did have some success, the ones I grew in a pot standing in the hottest part of the garden near the fish ponds did very well. These were back in January.

2018 january garden 012_5184x3888But this week I have another small, actually tall, success story, as this week, 9 months after the initial sowing of seed and all the others having long gone to the big compost bin in the sky (well actually the small compost bin in the corner of the garden!) I have 2 plants left. And what plants they are, just look at them. They are in a part of the garden that gets minimal attention. Maybe that was the answer, I killed all the others with kindness…IMG_4979_3000x4000They are like “Jack’s beanstalk” towering above my head. Maybe I should’ve tip pruned them more often. Finally they burst forth into flower, one straw yellow, one shades of pretty pink. I picked a bunch, brought them inside and put them in a vase were the are now drying to crinkly, star-shaped everlasting daisies.IMG_4944_3000x4000IMG_4947_3000x4000Maybe I will save seeds from these two!!!

The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives. – Gertrude Jekyll



  1. Gardens definitely have magic in them! A garden is a special place. A place for thoughts, inspiration and just peace. Your garden images are simply lovely.

    Have a nice day!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. They’re lovely. I think they thrive on neglect, in the sun. If you let them go to seed, you’re sure to have more now. I didn’t know they could grow so tall!

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  3. I can so see why you wanted to grow these. I have seen the pink versions in the UK, but not those lovely yellow ones. The survivors obviously think they are sunflowers. Good luck with the next generation.

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  4. Yes, my little, new perennial garden looked fabulous last summer, but many of the plants didn’t seem to flower as well this year. Ah, well, I’ll see what happens next summer and go from there. Naturally, my sage plant is flourishing like mad (must see what I can do with all that sage). Even winter doesn’t kill it off.


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  5. Gardens are magic. Things just appear where you least expect them. I was hoping that the annuals I sowed last year would have self-seeded and reappear this year, but only one marigold has popped up! I have plans for this bed, but it is more than likely that next year something will pop up where I no longer want it! And your daisies are fabulous.

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    • I never seem to have anything self sow, but I live in hope and carefully study anything that does pop up. But usually it turns into a weed… now I’m home more or less permanently I seem to be always redoing corners….

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  6. They look beautiful in that vase, Pauline! 🙂 🙂 So much pleasure from flowers! I couldn’t resist some spears of deep rose pink gladioli when I went to Aldi, food shopping, today. They’re sitting beside me on the hearth, making me smile every time I glance that way.

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  7. Those paper daisies, which we know as strawflowers, were a main cut flower crop in the fields behind my Pa’s home in Montara! The region grew the cut flower crops that Diego Rivera painted decades earlier.

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  8. Wow, the few you saved turned out beautifully. Maybe you did the others a favor by putting them out of their misery! I love the photos of the flowers in the vase. Giving you lots of pleasure for all your hard work! 🙂

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  9. Yes we win some and lose some.. I planted so Cosmos in the garden both front and back I grew from seed.. The ones in the front garden are in full flower. Yet everyone as yet on the back garden while growing tall have no flowers.. Nature knows what conditions suit I guess.. Last year I just threw some seeds from some flowers that had produced seed pods into the border and forgot all about them.. And there they were, growing silently away.. And made up for the none flowering cosmos.

    🙂 Loved my little catch up with you this morning Pauline.. Enjoy what for us is a Bankholiday weekend here in the UK Take care.. and Much LOVE.. ❤ Sue

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