Day 192: ox-eye daisy

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


I’m fairly certain I’ve never yet met an ox, let alone looked one in the eye, but it always occurred to me that a more appropriate common name for the Leucanthemum vulgare would be the “fried-egg daisy”. This is the robust daisy of wildflower meadows, cliff-top walks and scrubby edges, 45-60cm high and simplicity itself to grow. While I’m filling my summer borders with Mexican relatives like cosmos, zinnias, dahlias and erigeron, there’s nothing that quite shouts summertime as loudly as these native wildflowers. For all those of us who like our daisies sunny side up.

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