001“Action is the real measure of intelligence.”
–Napoleon Hill

Take time to enjoy the daisies from our garden – smile, breathe, in any order, then relax for one minute. It works for me!

All photos of Osteospermums nurtured and photographed by Dawn Marie Carlson.

One of my favorite variations of Osteospermum is White Lightening – white petals on the inside with the backside being yellow. When the breeze blows, they shimmer with white and yellow color that is striking like lightening. There is also a beautiful soft, golden-yellow variety that I have that is graceful in the garden called Yellow Symphony.


Next to the fountain in the front garden, I have an old Marguerite Daisy which grows boldly and sends good cheer to the neighbors as they pass by.

This weekend, I transplanted three plants: two with white petals with purple on the backside and a solid purple in between the two white ones below the bird bath. It’s make a nice complimentary color element at the foot of the bird bath and always looks fresh with color and vitality and only needs pruning periodically, ideal landscape plants. The coloring adds a lot of energy to the garden and looks clean and neat at the same time.

Spring Garden April 2009 020Here is another variety of white Osteospermum with a golden center that is very regal. In the front garden, I have a soft autumn rose version blooming now and they splay across the garden with other flowers growing through them which looks nice.IMG_2680

Another version in my garden on the side yard is a soft orange which is nicely complimenting the opposite color, purple daisies nearby. 042  006
This yellow with white inside is a unique version that you don’t find very often. Last summer, I found a bold yellow with a purple center but they didn’t last. IMG_0401



I love these golden flowers with the dark center in this container. Once the plants overstay their welcome in containers, I transplant them in the ground where they can expand and really make a bold statement with their color and texture in the garden. Room to grow!