Posted by: David Giacalone | August 27, 2011

a day for eyeing Stockade daisies

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 Inspired by a handful of red Gerbara daisies I’ve been tending in a planter on my front porch, I headed out yesterday in search of more “day’s eyes” in our Stockade neighborhood.  [Many thanks to Loraine and Devin for salvaging the flowerless mystery daisy plants from a remainder bin at Lowe’s and entrusting them to me back in mid-June.] This posting is the result of my discoveries, on a hunt ranging from Cucumber Alley and Riverside Park, to the 1st Presbyterian Church cemetery and the Union Street entry to the Stockade District.  Even drooping or past their peak, Stockade’s daisies were lovely. If you can name any of the daisy varieties shown, or if I have mistakenly identified a flower as a daisy that is another specie, please let me know with a comment or email message.

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 – nomenclature follow-up (Sept. 2, 2011):  I caught Sam(antha) Couture last Sunday while she and Aaron were packing up their car to “evacuate” their Cucumber Alley home as Hurricane Irene was approaching.  Sam informed me that the spectacular pink and yellow flowers in their flower bed were called “echinacea or coneflowers.”  I confirmed her information at the Wikipedia article on Echinacea, where I learned that the genus Echinacea is a full-sun, perennial “genus of herbaceous, flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae.  The nine species it contains are commonly called purple coneflowers.”  [emphases added] Some of the species are used in herbal medicines.  They are close relatives to Rudbeckia (which include the black- eyed Susan). Find more about Echinacea-coneflowers here and there.

 . . As always, you can click on any of the free-standing photos for a larger version, and right-click on an image in the Slideshow below to View the Photo separately.





– above: daisies [L] at 16 Washington Ave. and [R] in Riverside Park –

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– daisies along the curb at 236 Union St. –

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– more than one shade of red at the corner of Washington Ave. and Front St. –

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– a bed of yellow daisies brightens the 1st Presbyterian cemetery and parking lot  (click on the collage to enlarge it) –

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