June 13, 2011

Gerbera – a happy daisy-like flower

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Before continuing today’s post, I just wanted to say a very big ‘Thank You’ for all the lovely comments and tweets I’ve received about my news in my post on Friday.  I am SO touched by all the congratulations messages I’ve received…thank you, everyone!

And a very special thanks to the lovely Fiona Humberstone, MD of Flourish, who wrote this amazing post : Now that’s what I call a success story! Flowerona 6 months on…  (Fiona’s Blogging Workshop last year helped me learn more about the world of blogging and then in December, her team created my beautiful blog template.)

Back to today’s post….when I used to work in the City, every Monday morning, I bought a flower to put in the vase on my desk to brighten up my work space.  Just a single stem…and often it was a gerbera. 

They’re such a happy flower and come in an amazing array of colours…I love the cerise pink ones in particular.

Gerberas are a very popular inexpensive cut flower and look great either as single stems in a variety of assorted containers, floating heads in a goldfish bowl or massed in oasis balls.

Below is an overview of the Gerbera: –

What is the Latin name?
Gerbera

What is it commonly known as?
Gerbera

What does it look like?
They have daisy-like flower heads and are generally available in pink, orange, yellow, gold, white, red, cream and bi-colours.  The centre of the flower is usually black or green.

There are over 200 varieties and breeders have developed many variants from serrated or frilly petals to double flowers and extra wide petals.

When can you buy them?
All year round.

Where can you buy them from?
Florists, supermarkets and garden centres.

How do you look after them?
Cut the stems on a slant with scissors and place them in a clean vase with fresh water and flower food.  Make sure that you only put a couple of inches of water in the bottom of the vase, otherwise the stems can rot.

Did you know?
Gerberas originate from South Africa (Transvaal and Cape Province) where they were discovered by Scotsman, Robert Jameson in 1884.  

They are also known as Transvaal Daisy or Barberton Daisy.

Small flowering gerberas are, known as germini or mini gerberas.

Some florists wire gerberas externally to keep them upright.

As well as being available as cut flowers, you can also buy gerberas as potted plants.

So, if you’d like to bring some colour to your desk, why not pop into your local florist shop today?  You only need to buy a single stem, so it really won’t break the bank…and if you do, don’t be surprised if you find you start a trend in your office…like I did!

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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3 Comments

  • Robyn Hatley says:

    Rona, my favourite flower! Not only because of the link to South Africa (my beautiful home country), but because the Gerbera signifies beauty and resilience despite testing conditions (it can flourish in harsh conditions). Now who wouldn’t want an inspirational flower like that on their work desk? Thank you for a lovely blog!

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