Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Blossoming of a Gerbera Daisy

I have come to enjoy having Gebera Daisies. They are so vibrant and beautiful. Another name for the flower is the African Daisy. When I planted this particular plant, it had several blossoms on it, but the next morning when I looked, there was a flower cut off and on the ground next to the plant. Hmmm. The next day, there were two more and the day after there was another one. By this time, there was only one flower left, and I realized I must be dealing with cutworms, so I dug it up and potted it in a pot on the deck and have had no more trouble.

I noticed a new bud opening and since I was watching it closely because of the problem with the cutworm, I decided to take pictures of the process.

As the bud first opens, it looks a bit like a sunflower, but it doesn't really have any color and it doesn't look anything like what it will become.


 At this stage, it almost looks a bit "creepy"! :)  The petals are odd....almost like little bananas that ring the center.

  I knew what this flower would eventually look like, but wasn't sure HOW that would happen when it started out like this!


This is a side view....
 At this stage, it becomes obvious that those "odd" looking petals that were on the flower at first, were simply rolled up petals. You can see the bit of color showing on the ends  of the rolled up petals above and also down one side.

Another side view.... the petals are getting longer and starting to open.....

They don't all open at the same time, which leads to a striped and uneven look.... that looks quite strange.











 Looks like a "bad hair day" for this guy.... as the petals open at various times and lengths.... all misshapen and still very odd.

This is getting closer to being fully open... still so uneven, but the color is getting pretty consistent. Notice that some petals are still partially curled.... and the flower is not symmetrical yet.

The center is amazing!













Most of the petal are open, although some are not fully opened.... and there is much more symmetry now....
 The center is also open more....

 This seems to be the fully opened blossom.... these pictures were taken over several days.... I hadn't realized how long it took for the bud to fully bloom until I have been watching every day ..... and several times a day. :)

Once open, the flower lasts for several days........

So many subtle changes to a simple flower.... this happens every day in all sorts of flowers and plants and I find I take it for granted without allowing myself to be amazed by the wonderful unfolding that happens by a planned design. The intricacy is striking and some of the beauty is in the little details that go unnoticed. What an amazing God who has created  this process....
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On this same plant, I had a double flower - it looked odd and a bit deformed as it was opening..... but it was a work of art when open......

I thought it had a bit of an "owl" look to it. :)



So, Gebera daisies are beautiful and fun.... there are so many wonderful flowers growing at this time of year.

I find myself thankful for the colorful beauties.... and also thankful that this one is in my own garden where we will enjoy it for this season.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you are enjoying your week and the beauty around you. :)


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33 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! I had not seen these before! <3

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    1. It was amazing to me how the petals unrolled - Thank you for visiting. :)

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  2. Nice photos. I love Gerbers. They're actually a member of the Sunflower Family. Being in north Florida, I often have one or two bloom in January. When I used to work in a flower shop I had a lady who needed a brown flower for wedding tables and I was able to order her some nice chocolate brown Gerbers. Not many flowers come brown, but Gerbers are one!

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    1. Thank you........... I haven't seen any brown ones, but I have enjoyed all of the different ones I have seen. I will have to watch to see what the browns look like. Gerbers are such a durable and cheerful flower. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  3. It was like a visit with God in the garden! Beautiful!

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    1. What a delightfully encouraging comment!! Thank you.... .and thank you for visiting. :)

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  4. So beautiful! It made me think of our souls - as we grow in Him, slowly unfurling to be what He designed! So glad you took those stage-by-stage photos and shared!

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    1. That is a good analogy. Thank you for visiting and for your comment. :)

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    1. That is nice to hear..... thank you so much... and thank you for visiting. :)

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  6. Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing at the Hearts for Home link up.

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    1. Thank you and thank you for visiting .... and for the link up. :)

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  7. When I saw this on Titus Tuesday I HAD to come visit...Gerbera daisies are my absolute favorite. I love that you captured these over time. It makes me realize how much we're like these flowers. Sometimes we look lopsided, unfinished and awkward, but God's still working on each of us, perfecting us.

    Thank you!

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    1. I love your thoughts on this.... God is working on us. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  8. These are such beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing them at the party @DearCreatives Theresa

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    1. They are beautiful... thank you for visiting. :)

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  9. Beautiful pictures Joy! Thank you for sharing your love of nature with us :)

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  10. Gerberas are lovely! Thanks for sharing at Green Thumb Thursday http://homesteadlady.com/green-thumb-thursday-71614/

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  11. Absolutely Stunning!! Thanks so much for your visit!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  12. Beautiful macro images. The colors are so vivid, and each petal is crisp. Lovely!
    Thank you for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-walk-on-beach.html

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    1. It was fun to take those... it took several days to do it, though... they open quite slowly. :)

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  13. I love the Gerbera Daisy, they are beautiful. Lovely images. Have a happy day!

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    1. They really are beautiful flowers.... and they last so long. :)

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  14. I really like that you included the side view.

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    1. Thank you... it is such an interesting plant... and I was fascinated to see how those petals unfolded... I didn't realize that was how it happened. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  15. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this lovely post on The Maple Hill Hop!

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    1. Thank you! It was nice to have you. :)

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  16. Gerbera daisies are one of my favorites, they make a wonderful focal point in so many floral arrangements. I enjoyed how you shared the blooming process. -Carole

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    1. They sure are beautiful and I am appreciating them more and more each year. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  17. I love Gerbera daisies as well. This is the first time in years that I didn't plant any. You got some amazing photos. Loved seeing it as it unfurled! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Gerbera daisies are relatively new for me in the last few years... but they are so pretty. Such a cheerful flower. :)

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  18. I have never had much luck growing Gerbera daisy's....yours are beautiful!

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. I hope to see you back again this week!

    Lisa

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    1. Thank you.... I was surprised how well they did as I have had trouble with them before also... maybe I am starting to get the hang of it. :)

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