One Little Word Brings On The Memories!

When encouraged to slow down a bit, we’re told to “stop and smell the roses.” But, I’ve never heard anyone say to “stop and smell the daisies” Why not? Daises are so plentiful this time of the year. They are blooming in nearly everyone’s yard and actually have become very popular blooms, even in bride’s bouquets. And they grow wild, too.

They have been described as creating a fresh, wholesome, energetic image. They are much easier to grow than roses, but have you ever smelled them? Before writing this

It’s time to smell the daisies. Shirl in her garden.

post I went outside to do just that. Daisies have no aroma, none.

We know that perfume is made from flowers, so I wondered if there is a daisy perfume. Yes there is. It’s described as having a fruity smell. Some say it smells like bananas, “raspberries,” says another, and yet another person said, “like pink lemonade.” My question is how does the fragrance come from a flower that seems scentless?

If I could make perfume out of the flowers in my garden, I wouldn’t choose  daisies. Now night blooming Jasmine is a different story, but it’s not in my garden. I remember smelling it in Florida while walking at night time. It is believed to be the most fragrant flower in the world. It’s definitely tropical, so it wouldn’t live through Pennsylvania’s winters. Here’s a trick for you to try. Find a flower in your garden that you want to smell like. Then do this: put the flowers’ petals in a pan and cover with distilled water. Don’t cook, but simmer for about two hours, strain and put in your favorite perfume bottle and “voila” you’ve made perfume. I haven’t tried this, yet, so let me know what the results are!

I grew up loving daisies. There were fields nearby where they grew profusely and I would spend hours picking them. Some would end up on my mothers window sill. The rest I would make into a lei. After cutting off the stems I would use a needle and very long, heavy, white thread pushed through the center of many daisies and I’d have a live,

This rather unique daisy is not necessary to play “he loves me, he loves me not. Any daisy will do.

flower necklace. Some of them I used in the “he loves me, he loves not game.” I suppose my mother taught me about this, I had to have been shown at some time, by someone. Of course you should have someone in particular in mind as you pull each petal off the daisy’s yellow center. The special thing about the daisy is it holds secrets, or so we are to believe, and every little girl seeks them out. It’s said that this game goes back to the 1400’s.

I don’t recall anyone being named “Daisy” in my family however my husband’s Grandmother Morris was, although she went by the name Maude. Babies were named “Daisy” in the late Victorian era along with other flower names. It was quite popular between 1900 and 1940, then 1960-1980 it declined in popularity. Daisy, however, is still a popular name in Germany.

Some of you may or may not remember Daisy Mae Scragg, who lived in DogPatch. Many followed her life’s escapades in Al Capp’s comic strip, Lil’Abner. This was one of the most popular comic strips ever written and for forty-three years Daisy Mae was hopelessly in love with Lil’ Abner who seemed to hardly notice her. You may remember that he finally married her and they had one child, “Honest Abe”.

It’s funny the thoughts that come to mind with the mention of one word.  The song, “Daisy Bell,” is one of them. Remember how it went? Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do, I’m half crazy all for the love of you. It won’t be a stylish marriage I can’t afford a

This bicycle was built for four, circa. 1890.

carriage, but you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.” This song was composed by Harry Darce in 1892, when bicycles were an every day sight. That was back when bicycles were missing all the improvements of today’s bikes, even brakes. So we can only imagine a bicycle built for two then. Even today, I find them difficult to ride.

From concocting perfume, making a necklace, pulling secrets from a flower, remembering Daisy Mae, and singing a daisy song, I think we did pretty well since beginning with one little word like, daisy. Oh and by the way, “Daisy, Bell” was the first song to be played on computer. In 1961, the IBM 7094 became the first computer to sing and the song was “Daisy Bell.” There you have it, we’ve gone from the 1400’s to the computer age. Thanks for joining me on a journey with shirlandyou.

13 thoughts on “One Little Word Brings On The Memories!

  1. I enjoyed this post . I always enjoy reading your blog. I agree reading the word “daisy ” brings memories and facts to mind!
    ~I remember the song “Daisy Bell ” very well. I would ask you and Pop to sing it to me all the time. I loved the end of the song, because you would close it looking at each other with adoration singing, “…on a bicycle built for two!!!” ( : That was MY favorite part of the song.
    ~I considered the name “Daisy” for our last baby girl. The flowers are simple elegance , so pure and sweet looking.
    ~Did you know my moms bridal bouquet was mostly daisys ?
    ~I couldn’t resist pulling the petals from daisies when I was a young girl,singing “He loves me & He loves me not.” It was fun, wasn’t it?
    I love the photo of you at your dasies, very pretty! I also appreciate the photo of the bicycle built for four- Jon thinks that Pop should build one! My oldest son would love to own one like that, so that he could drive all his siblings around.


    • Hi Tiffany: What a delight hearing from you. So daisies bring back memories to you, too, and I don’t believe they grow where you are in St. Croix. However, many beautiful flowers grow there that don’t grow here. A bicycle like the one pictured would surely turn heads there. God bless, Tiff and thanks for writing.


  2. I loved picking daisy’s…I would bring them in the house and place them in different colored water and watch them soak up the colors…them put them all together for a rainbow bouquet…!!
    My favorite scented flower is Gardina,,,mom Ann had great success growing every kind of plant except the Gardinia.
    I learned to play and sing “Daisy Bell” on Grandma Ryan’s portable organ.
    This was a nice trip dawn memory lane…!!


  3. “Oh and by the way, “Daisy, Bell” was the first song to be played on computer. In 1961, the IBM 7094 became the first computer to sing and the song was “Daisy Bell.”

    Which is why Dave asked HAL, the out-of-control computer, to sing “Daisy” as he quietly powered him down in “2001: A Space Odyessy”. ‘Daisy, D-a-i-s–y—-G—i—-v——e——me——y—-o——u———r——-An———swer———-t————r————–u——————e……….’

    Movie trivia, in case you ever get asked this on the 64-thousand dollar question 🙂


  4. Maine is not just known for it’s horrific winters, but it has an incredible display of wildflowers each year. The ditches of the otherwise dusty logging roads are veritable bouquets of color! One of my favorites is the daisy, for several reasons. It’s one of the first of the large flowers to brighten the newly awakening countryside. It lasts a long time. It’s gregarious–hanging about with others of its kind. And it’s just plain handsom. Not gaudy, not bold, not brilliant.

    Rather than being side-tracked by it’s colors, or shape, you take time to reflect on the simple, perfect shape of the petals. The almost flawless, symetrical arangement around the simple, yellow button in the center. Like a freckle-faced country girl, with wind blown hair and no makeup to detract from who she is. Perfection is the sum of the parts being such that the addition, subtraction, or alteration of any one part could not improve it. I would change nothing about the simple daisy, even if it were in my power.


  5. More interesting facts about daisies…
    1 – Daisies belong to one of the largest families of plants in the world, that of “vascular plants”, i.e. those which circulate goodness around their systems, making up almost 10% of all flowering plants on Earth.
    2 – Daisies are found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica.
    3 – The name “daisy” is thought to come from the Old English “daes eage”, meaning “day’s eye”, for the way in which it opens at dawn.
    4 – The daisy family, known to scientists as Compositae, was classified in 1792 by Paul Dietrich Giseke, a German botanist and close friend of the Swedish “father of modern taxonomy” Carl Linnaeus.
    5 – Daisies represents purity and innocence.
    6 – A daisy is actually two flowers in one: the (usually) white petals and the cluster of (usually) tiny yellow disc petals that form the “eye”.
    7 – Daisy leaves are edible and can make a tasty addition to salads (they’re closely related to artichoke and are high in Vitamin C).
    8 – Medicinal properties ascribed to the daisy include that it slows bleeding, relieves indigestion and eases coughs. In homeopathy, the garden daisy is known as the gardener’s friend for its ability to ease an aching back.
    9 – If not controlled, some daisies can become serious weeds because they thrive in generally inhospitable conditions are are resistant to most bugs and pesticides.
    10 – Bees love daisy relatives, including Goldenrod, making them an important friend of honey makers.
    I didn’t realize that there was so much to know about daisies!! Thanks for an interesting blog and for inspiring me to take a closer look at daisies! Daisies were the flower that my son most often picked, when he would come in with a tiny bouquet of flowers for me. (My “Mommy Pot” has been empty for quite some time now.)


  6. Wow! What a fun post. It amazes me what interesting things you think of. You taught me to love daisies. And I love Black-eyed Susans too. They are so cheerful. That photo you found of the bike for two is great. No matter what improvements mankind may make, God’s creation will always triumph!


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