Man's Best Flower Friend
by Tom King (c) 2011
The Symbolic Daisy
Daisies supply the world's poets with a handy metaphor for simple beauty. Poets as varied as William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, William Carlos Williams and Dylan Thomas sprinkle their works with daisies whenever they want to show innocence, simplicity, purity or unpretentious beauty. Hardly a poet worth his salt has not borrowed the daisy at some time or other to perk up his verse. Marjorie Pickthall's “Daisy Time” is typical and has two of my favorite lines about daisies in it – the first one and the last one.
by Marjorie Pickthall
See, the grass is full of stars,
Fallen in their brightness;
Hearts they have of shining gold,
Rays of shining whiteness.
Buttercups have honeyed hearts,
Bees they love the clover,
But I love the daisies' dance
All the meadow over.
Blow, O blow, you happy winds,
Singing summer's praises,
Up the field and down the field
A-dancing with the daisies.
Girl Scout Daisies
Girl Scouts ages five to seven years old are called Daisy Scouts. The Daisies are named after Juliette Gordon Lowe, the founder of the Girl Scout movement whose nickname was Daisy. The Daisy Scout program has four fundamental goals:
1. To encourage girls to develop their full potential.
2. To relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect.
3. To develop meaningful values to guide their actions and provide for sound decision-making.
4. To contribute to the improvement of society.
What better goals could a Daisy have?
|My two Daisys|
The inimitable Daisy has lent its name to everything from cottage cheese to air rifles. Daisy Brands began producing Daisy dairy products in 1920. Since then the company has grown to a nationally recognized brand. Daisy's manufacturing plant moved from Chicago to Texas after the Chicago plant burned down in 1972.
The rest is history.
The Plymouth Iron Windmill Company began making Daisy BB guns and soon gave up the windmills, changing its name to Daisy Manufacturing Company on January 26, 1895. It acquired other air gun manufacturers over the years and with the introduction of its famed Red Ryder BB Gun in 1940 soon became the leading manufacturer of air rifles and guns in the United States. Based in Rogers, Arkansas, Daisy also produces paintball guns and equipment, archery equipment and small caliber firearms.
The daisy's name is a contraction of the Anglo Saxon words “daes eage” or “day's eye” ostensibly because daisies “open their eyes” at dawn. Synonymous with optimism and happiness, daisies come in dozens of varieties, all of them possessing the characteristic simple lasting beauty of the species. One of the more inexpensive flowers available at your local florist, daisies say “I love you” without pretension and what could be more better than that? Unlike a single rose which has more sexual overtones, giving your lady love a single daisy tells her she gives you joy, that she brightens your day or that she makes you happy. In my opinion a daisy is much better at getting and keeping you out of trouble than roses. If you go for roses, you're obviously reacting because you're in real trouble and need to obviously spend some money to dig your way out.
Take my advice, if you want to make her smile send her a daisy. Better yet, send her a whole bunch of daisies once in a while. Nothing says pure, simple unconditional love than a daisy!
* Don't ask me to describe the M&M's incantation as I do not wish to encourage chocaholics to dabble in the dark arts. I will say that you probably want to use a small bag of the candy if you are at all concerned about your diet! That's all I'm saying.
800 Florals: Flower Meanings
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Charles Scribner's & Sons, 1953
On-Line Literature: Daisy Miller by Henry James
Daisy Scouts: What Are Daisy Scouts
Daisy Outdoor Products: History
Daisy Brand: The Daisy Story
IMDB: Driving Miss Daisy
The Poetry Foundation