One of my passions is gardening and the Gazanias reward me with an ongoing display of unusual daisy-like flowers twelve months of the year.
These photos were taken today after weeks of showers, gales and heavy rain. I was amazed any had actually survived such an onslaught, so with a break in the weather I was pleased I was able to take some photos to share.
Gazania are one of my favourite perennial flowers. They provide a wonderful array of year round colour from cream through to yellows, oranges pinks and dark reds. I have tried to paint these flowers but my artists skills can’t quite capture their beauty and “do them justice”
Some gardening websites say they only bloom from late spring to early summer – these pictures prove them wrong. They grow well in sandy soil, prefer full sun but will grow in partial shade and only require watering once a week in the summer.
Gazania self-seed so the six plants I originally planted have now multiplied into to hundreds over several years. It is a good idea to dead head regularly as the flowers fade and turn to seed heads as the seeds disperse and grow anywhere and everywhere!
A little note: the original spelling as given by my local garden centre was incorrect. Thanks to hortophile in Canada I have now amended from Gazinas to Gazanias.
What are your favourite flowers?