Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Daisy Crazy!

I am crazy about wild daisies! Last week when I was visiting my family, I noticed the wild daisies were everywhere. Goodness, I think they are taking over the world! I kept telling my mom that after we put her horse away at the barn, we needed to go pick some daisies from the back pastures. But we forgot every time!

Finally, back home and at the Painted Creek, I remembered to go daisy pickin'! It was a hot afternoon but there were plenty of daisies to chose from amongst the meadow grass and dandelions.

Guess who thought I was picking something for him?

If I'm photographing back behind My Boy's pasture, I usually grab a few handfuls of dandelions or grass and throw them over the fence for him to munch on.

After I picked a bundle, I set them down then wandered around to take some pictures.

The dandelions started wilting in the hot sun almost the minute I plucked them from the dirt. The one-hour hot car ride home didn't help.

Once I got home, I quickly cut the stems short and put them in a vase of water. Still, many of them looked a bit droopy.

Reach towards the sky- er, ceiling- little petals! You can do it! Luckily, a few hours later, they began to perk up.

I just love the daisies and they live a long time in a vase. I picked these Saturday and they are still going strong. Daisies just brighten up any room, they are the"smiley face" of the flower world! Simple country elegance.

By the way, aren't those little tea light bird holders cute? I got at the local Dollar Tree store. For a dollar each! (duh.)

They are probably coated in lead-based paint or something but hey, I don't have kids to stick them in their mouths, so I think I'm good.

I loved the look of a few of the shorter, broken stemmed daisies in this little tarnished metal cup. It needs a polish, but I prefer it the way it is.


We gathered the wild-flowers.
Yes, life there seem'd one pure delight;
As thro' the field we rov'd.
Yes, life there seem'd one pure delight.
- George Linley

34 comments:

  1. Daisy Crazy...Love that. They are blooming here too, all over the place, and I can't help it, when they catch my eye I have to stop and look for a while, take it all in. They are so beautiful and yet so simple flowers.
    SUMMER! Yiehaw!

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  2. Beautiful! We have them too - and lots of other wild prairie flowers, which I really need to spend more time looking at!

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  3. Nice! We have tons here too and I can't help but pick lots for the house. Love the little tarnished cup!

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  4. Daisies are my favorite. They are such happy flowers. They have been all around here as well. Some of our hay fields are "white" with them.

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  5. I love daisies too. Any flower that lasts is good. Roses, not so much.

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  6. Beautiful! I love daisies too.

    We only have the tiny ones growing here. We do get brown eyed susans that are your daisy size.

    Flowers sure can put a smile on one's face!

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  7. I like daisies too and I agree, they are very cheerful and friendly and bright. Fun that you can pick them from the field and enjoy them at home.

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  8. You're very creative and cute post! I have an Honest Scrap Award that Kate gave me to do if you wish to participate....I'm sure you've done a million of them with so many followers! Luanne

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  9. I love daisies in the summer too except for one thing, they tend to stink. I can't stand the smell. Yours look very cute in your vase, they sure perked up nice! Love that old silver cup, you can pass that on to me any time you tire of it, WINK!

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  10. I love daisies and so I love this post very much. Especially the little wilty guys that started to quiveringly pop back up! I love them! Does your Boy like to nibble daisies? My brumby sure does!

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  11. {Sares}~ These daisies from the Painted Creek don't stink? I even smelled them after reading your comment....then I went in to put on my make-up and I had a nose yellow with pollen dust, LOL! :)

    {Colleen}~ Nope, my horse doesn't eat them. He loves to eat, but he's rather selective at times!

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  12. The Rosebud's favorite flower is also the daisey!!! They do seem to smile at you when you walk buy them.

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  13. Yes, the Daisy's are beautiful right now -- we have quite a few as well. A few years ago I was on this kick where I kept fresh flowers in the house all Spring and Summer long! I made it a priority to go out once a week and pick a variety of wildflowers and put in vases, etc., all over the house. Then I bought a bunch of silk flowers!!!

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  14. Great photos! How wonderful to wander around picking daisies. They brighten up any room. Love the little cup with the poem.

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  15. You have an award...come visit my spotted awesomeness to pick it up.

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  16. Cute little vase - teapot. Love the look, don't clean it up!

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  17. Pony Girl, love the daisy pictures! Please drop by my blog to pick up your Honest Scrap Award. http://rockymountainyankee.blogspot.com/2009/06/honest-scrap-award.html

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  18. I love daisies AND sunflowers. They are both the most cheery flowers in the flower world. I even have Noritake daisy china that I bought before my first marriage... course, it's stored away in a box now since I moved to Kansas. But I did use it in the past. I've never been one to "save" stuff. I love your daisy pics, and your "vases" too!

    I think I will go outside and pick some of our wildflowers for the house. Thanks for the idea!

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  19. Yep, daisies are great! They make a room light up. But, you are the only person Iknow who can make a "drooping" daisy look beautiful...I mean really.

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  20. I absolutely love daisies. One of my very first posts was a daisy poem http://fiveoclocksomewherejewelry.blogspot.com/2008/05/for-my-mom.html

    Great pics!

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  21. I am so jealous..it is so green there and you have flowers growing everywhere enough to pick? I love the thought! and the pictures! I love daisies...they were the flowers I carried down the aisle! Thanks for the perk-me-up!

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  22. Yep, the Daisy's are everywhere! I know this is your favorite time, so you can pick them all! Your arrangements turned out really good!

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  23. What great shots. I have a friend whose father is a very famous photographer, and he took his pic in a field of daisies when he was little. wearing a plaid get up. we call it the man plaid daisy picker picture, and it still cracks us up. its a cool pic even if we make fun of it

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  24. Pony Girl - the Daisies look wonderful in the field and in your vase. Isn't it Meg Ryan who says in "You've Got Mail" that "Daisies are the Friendliest flower"? Also,
    you asked about our yard sale - we made $82 which was pretty good considering the crazy items we were selling. Yard sales baffle me! People love the things that I can't understand.

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  25. I like the Daisys you picked. We don't have many around our house and I never have much luck keeping them alive anyway. Nice arrangements too BTW.

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  26. Just love daisies and did them justice, they always bring a sunny smile when you walk into a room.

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  27. Very fun! I like the wild daisies too! I was amazed how they perked right back up after I got them in water! Great pictures, as usual. ;) Very cute in the little cup too, and it is much better not polished.

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  28. LOL!!! They are growing like crazy around here too, and Katie always picks a big bunch of them for me when we are out on our evening run/walk. Great shots of them, PG! :)

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  29. That is so cool!!! I love how you captured them wilting and then coming back reaching towards the light LOL!! Great pictures!!

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  30. That is the sweetest posy... so 'spring', so ready-for-summer! Nothing like that here, although my tulip bulbs are trying (despite the unwanted attention of one Dane puppy!).
    :-)
    BB

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  31. I'm a little Daisy Crazy myself. They are my favorite flower along with yellow roses. Great pics.

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  32. Awww!Daisies are one of my most favorite flowers. My other fave is Geraniums.

    I like the photo of the droppy daisies, even though I know they weren't feeling so good. It's an interesting photo. I'm glad they perked up for you later.....of course, that's another great reason to love daisies. They're tough! Just like a cowgirl.....pretty and tough!

    ~Lisa

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