I purchased a small punnet of paper daisies, seeking glorious colour and the pleasure of the hardness of their flowers. However I did not understand they needed to be planted close together for effect, and spaced them apart. So they have looked a little odd, each standing off at a distance. But I have learnt. In future I will cluster them in large groups for a massive show next summer into autumn. The secret is obvious. I have been harvesting their seeds from their centres leaving a frilly edge of hard ‘petals’.
The seeds are attached to a wispy set of fibres designed so that wind can carry them long distances.
I plan to mix some of these seeds loosely with seed-raising soil in shallow punnet pots when spring arrives. Then plant them out; perhaps into pots as gifts for friends. Others I will sprinkle over the garden liberally then rake through a shallow compost and soil so that they don’t blow away.
On a rainy inclement day I found they do not open up to the sky; I guess that is a mechanism to protect their internal florets and seeds in the making. Another example of clever plants.
Lovely colourful flowers! Cheers, Jon.
Yes they are. Can you grow them where you live?