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Photography of the second week of January of 2013

Daisies in sun before winter



Corolla of daisy - © Norbert Pousseur

... daisy like a sun drawn by a child ...       Photographie Norbert Pousseur

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The winter is very there, but from the South of France remain all the same some flowers in fields, essentially daisies.
Of their shape in sun, it looks like they call it, as far as their corolla follows it, and closes when it lies down.

With regard to the description below, it seems be about the daisy sylvestris, with its rather reddish petals.

From top to bottom, the diverse stages of the flower, with in the center, zoomable, a view of the complete plantation.


Extract of the Natural history of Guerin - On 1833

DAISY, Bellis.
.../... In our gardens, as in fields, Daisies are meteoric Plants; they open as soon as sunbeams strike them, they close since the sky takes care of clouds or since the sun touches the western horizon. We eat their leaves and their bouquets in salad. An agronomist atrabilaire whom we quote and copy too often, because we do not know how to appreciate him in the just value, ignoring that Daisies are liked by Goats and Sheeps, recommended to tear away them from all the meadows as pushed away by all the animals, and as being harmful to them.
As for the medicinal properties which we attribute them, they are also questionable as the assertion of Bosc. The elegance of flowers made them compare with pearls by the troubadours and by the trouvères, from there the vulgar name of Marguerite which they carry(wear); as well as their botanical name Bellis comes from Latin Bellus, who means attractive, cute, quite pleasant.
This genre is the type of a very-natural group which Cassini called true Bellidées; it is a part of superfluous Syngénésie and family of Corymbifères; it does not include any more today all the species which attributed it the botanists of the last century. Billardière removed three from it to compose its genres Brachycome, Lagenophora and Paquerima, that we had to leave untold as too little known and maybe even as rather badly based. The species which interest us are among three, to know: Bellis perennis, B. annua and B. sylvestris, and of five if we adopt B. ramosa and B. repens of Lamarck. All are spontaneous in France.

The long-lived Daisy or the girl Marguerite B. perennis, L., meets everywhere, in the meadows, the fresh pastures, along paths, in the uncultivated and abandoned places. It propagates by its long-lived and fibrous roots. Its quite radical leaves form a bow on the ground; of their breast rises a handle hail, high from six to eight centimeters,wearing a single flower with crossed off corolla, with the circumference, of flagships of a pure white whom we see dyeing itself often with diverse nuances since the soft pink up to the darkest red, whereas the flagships of the center remain yellow.

The wild Daisy, sylvestris B., goes away from the first species only by its gigantic size, by its leaves in three nervures, by its much wider flowers. It abounds in Portugal and meets in diverse villages of the South of France. The annual Daisy, B. annua, L. counts, as well as the previous ones, several varieties; its capillary roots, its stalks, sometimes simple, sometimes branched out and a little furnished in the bottom of small leaves alternate, toothed, sometimes slightly hairy, distinguish her(it) from two others, besides than its flower is smaller and always white.
The Daisy rower, ramosa, present B. a straigh, branchy, high stalk from ten to twelve centimeters, with a bluish flower, as that of the crawling Daisy, a repens B., in stalks always tilted on the ground, by which they follow constantly the undulations. These last two sorts(species) are annual and live in our departments of the South.


In this reproduction below, extracted from the work ' Lessons of Flora' by J.L.M. Poiret, published in 1819 and illustrated
by P.J.F. Turpin, we recognize in the fourth position the type of inflorescence of composites, of which is a part the daisy.
The figure 1 is the one of a dipsacacée such the Bit of the devil, 2 of a scabieuse, 3 of a thistle, 5 of the fig, 6 of the dorstenia, 7 of the xylophila, 8 of a fern and 9 of a moss.

Inflorescences by JLM Poiret - reproducción © Norbert Pousseur

Photography of the week 02 of 2013

General presentation The same in spanish
Margaritas en sol antes del invierno
The same in french
Pâquerettes en soleil avant l'hiver




Daisy in section - © Norbert Pousseur

... such a sun, raised towards the sun...       Photographie Norbert Pousseur

Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_2823 - series Photo of the week


Daisy of back - © Norbert Pousseur

... of the white in the purple, the petals of daisy ...      Photographie Norbert Pousseur

Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_2812 - series Photo of the week


Withered daisy - © Norbert Pousseur

... petals curled up the daisy at the end of life ...      Photographie Norbert Pousseur

Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_2819 - series Photo of the week


Daisy in seed - © Norbert Pousseur

... the heart, red, of course stays only...      Photographie Norbert Pousseur

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Dried daisy - © Norbert Pousseur

... the shape in bowl still remains ...      Photographie Norbert Pousseur

Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_2823 - series Photo of the week



Skeleton of daisy - © Norbert Pousseur

... it is finished, remains only tracks of the shape crossed off with the daisy ...      Photographie Norbert Pousseur

Provence - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_2823 - series Photo of the week






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