Sunday, June 10, 2012

Unusual Flower

When our quilt group took a field trip to Greenwich, CT a couple of weeks ago, we spotted this unusual flower in one of the many beautiful container gardens that were outside the shops. None of us knew what it was, but Carolyn took a picture and she and I have been on a quest . Someone suggested that it was in the Bachelor Button family, but it wasn't.  I thought that the petals reminded me of Spoonflower Mums, so I Googled "Spoonflower Daisy" and up popped a picture, just like this one. It is a member of the Osteospermum family.  They are not all Spoonflowers like this one , but that was the part that appealed to me the most. I just think they are so charming and whimsical.



 Carolyn did a lot of legwork and was able to find a local nursery that would get her a few plants.  She also found this pretty purple/pink in addition to the white we had seen. She was kind enough to buy some for another friend and me.




I planted my two in a pot with a blue and white Lobelia and thought they looked good together. They are supposed to be drought resistant and the flowers close up at night. Don't they just make you smile? 

6 comments:

Martha said...

I've never seen this flower before! Good luck in the plants you have. I hope they thrive--most unusual!

Sue said...

OHHH...Love this..!! Great pics. You should press a few of them for a small picture to enjoy all year.

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

They almost look unreal! I want to pet them. ;^)

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Norma. Amazing flowers and beautiful arrangement. There's something playful about them. I really liked your Emerald city quilt. Very cool!
best, nadia

Linda said...

They're so unusual that a quilt might be just the ticket. Love the symmetry in the flower!

Vivien Zepf said...

Oh my gosh, they don't look real! I'm going to have to do a "copycat" and see if I can find some.