Thursday, March 4, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday~hosted by Jenny Matlock

Boy, I hope I'm not tardy! Please excuse me, as I run for my seat. This not good for me to be late to my first day of class... I mean my first time participating! Just thought of this one. Today Jenny Matlock is having her Alphabe-Thursday. Todays letter is the letter G. My G word is Gerber daisy. I have been taking pictures over the last couple weeks of this Gerber daisy that is blooming in a pot on my covered back patio.  I got lucky it is just starting to open up and should get a little fuller in a few days. Here is the definition:

Gerbera (pronounced /ˈɡɜrbərə/)[1] L. is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae). It was named in honor of the German naturalist Traugott Gerber, a friend of Carolus Linnaeus.It has approximately 30 species in the wild, extending to South America, Africa and tropical Asia. The first scientific description of a Gerbera was made by J.D. Hooker in Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 1889 when he described Gerbera jamesonii, a South African species also known as Transvaal daisy or Barberton Daisy.
Gerbera species bear a large capitulum with striking, two-lipped ray florets in yellow, orange, white, pink or red colors. The capitulum, which has the appearance of a single flower, is actually composed of hundreds of individual flowers. The morphology of the flowers varies depending on their position in the capitulum. The flower heads can be as small as 7 cm (Gerbera mini 'Harley') in diameter or up to 12 cm (Gerbera ‘Golden Serena’).
Gerbera is very popular and widely used as a decorative garden plant or as cut flowers. 

I have bought this type of flower in several colors over the years. Here is a couple of  vases full of them. Gorgeous!!!



The picture below is a mosaic I did featuring the flower  in diferent stages as it was opening up.


 Thank you to to Jenny for having this meme party. You can see more things beginning with the letter G at her her blog Jenny Matlock...off my tangent... and join in on the fun for Alphabe-Thursday! Hope you enjoy the beauty like I did.....Michelle

25 comments:

Debbie said...

Those would look fantastic in my new room!!~ Beautiful G post Michelle!

Eileen said...

Gerbera Daisies along with sunflowers are my favorite flowers! They come in so many beautiful colors. I always get them for one of my daughter's birthday as they are her favorite too.

Hope your class goes well. :0)

Red Couch Recipes said...

I just love Gerbera Daisies--they are so bright and pretty and they make me feel happy!

Carol said...

Beautiful!

Steph said...

Don't you love all the bright colors of Gerber daisies. Your single daisy mosaic is really amazing too. Welcome to the class!

kim said...

I love gerbera daisies, too. Yours is just stunning I must say.

Screaming Meme said...

Those are the prettiest flowers...:) Thank you for sharing them with us! I'm Meme from Screaming Meme...It is so nice to meet you! If you get a chance, stop in and say Hello! Meme

laterg8r said...

gorgeous pics :D

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

I love gerbers. Years ago I was a florist - seems like another life now, but no flower was a cheerful as a daisy - any daisy.
Thanks for the follow. Am returning the favor. Also linking to Jenny's party today. How fun!

Riet said...

Wow that is a great idea. Why didn't i think of that as I have a vase full standing in front of me Gerbera's. Beautiful.

Debbie said...

Don't forget Michelle tomorrow is my funfoto friday party! I have the link up already

GardenofDaisies said...

I love daisies!!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Michelle,
It's so nice to meet you! I really appreciate your kind visit to my blog today. You are always welcome to stop by anytime.

Your blog is precious"! LOVE the daisies. Hurry up Spring! *Smiles*

Blessings to you my friend. ~Melissa :)

Jackie said...

Thank you for sharin and for your first time , you did great!

Isn't it wonderful when we have true life stories to tell? Your Gerber daisy's are really nice .

Christy said...

one of my favorite flowers...don't you just love the colors they bloom in? so beautiful

Jenny said...

Class...please welcome Michelle to Alphabe-Thursday!

Miss Michelle. It is so wonderful to see you and to enjoy your G lorious G post!

I especially enjoyed the mosaic. Although I have purchased G erbera daisies I have never seen them in bud or opening.

G ood G racious. That was a special treat!

A+

Patti said...

Gerbera daisies are one of my favorite summer flowers~~Gorgeous!!

Amy said...

Oh...so very pretty! Are they hard to grow? I'd love to grow some!

Viki said...

I love any kind of daisy. How neat that you took photos of all the different stages. Really cool.

Johnny Nutcase said...

beautiful!! those colors are perfect, great photos!!

Catherine said...

Gorgeous! Love daisies :)

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

My favorite flower! Very good G word.

Jo said...

oh i love Gerber daisies! they are just so striking.

Melinda Cornish said...

I love gerber daisy's...they come in such beautiful colors....your collage is so pretty and I love your sons artwork too...the painting at the top really caught my eye!!!

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