Fresh as a daisy?


Hot and sultry. No, not me silly … the weather the past few days has been pretty steamy out there.

Walking is not much fun when the temps are over 70 and the humidity is a gazillion percent in the early a.m.. But, I went anyway and did my four miles and then took the car for a spin to cool off with the A/C at full blast.

I saw a garden full of beautiful daisies this morning. Nothing is cheerier in a yard than a Shasta daisy plant with its bright-yellow middle and white delicate petals surrounding that sunny-looking face.  I used to have many daisies in the yard, but I lost most of them after those two recent brutal Winters. It’s too bad because I had those Shasta daisies for decades.

Gardening is a sort of trial-and-error task sometimes, especially when you are a novice. When I first started gardening in 1985, I bought some Gerbera daisies to put in planters and pots around the yard.  They were cute and perky and perfectly formed, so I scooped up several plants in various colors at Johnny’s Nursery.  All too quickly, I discovered they were extremely high maintenance.  Even in a pot, shaded by trees, the plants having been well watered before I left for work, had fainted  dead away by the time I got home around 6:00 p.m.  I hurried over to give them a big drink from the watering can.  They perked up immensely, but, the next morning when I went out to water, they were listless and sorry looking once again.  Even propping them up with skinny garden stakes AND their a.m. drink of water, they were doubled over by the end of the day, their petals kissing the dirt in the pot.  When they eventually bit the dust, that was end of Gerbera daisies at this house forever … live ones anyway.

About ten years ago, when I had more patience, and before the walking “bug” bit me, I painted a pout chair to match the house. Still enamored by those Gerbera daisies, I decided my chair needed a pot of flowers, so I “planted” silk Gerbera daisies.  They never droop or lose their petals … they look perfect 100% of the time.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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2 Responses to Fresh as a daisy?

  1. Majorie Aubin says:

    Your chair looks very perky along with the daisy’s. Wow! It sure is hot out there. We need rain. How can you walk in this weather?


    • lindasschaub says:

      Yes it does – I had a better picture which kind of showcased the entire side garden but it was not a close-up of that pout chair. You took those pictures when you got your first digital camera. It was hot … most of where I walk in Wyandotte is shady – many trees up/down the Boulevard. But, the rest of the time, I go down the shady streets in Lincoln Park to stay cool.


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