The Daisy’s In The Details

You can tell that MC is finally starting to settle in because the number of texts to one of us at home have dwindled. At least one of us still hears something every day, but they are much fewer than in the first couple of days he was there.

It helps tremendously that he finally got his door and shower fixed. Who would have thought that having hot water and being able to get into your room without help would make things comfortable for a first time college student?! That and having to attend classes kept him from going stir crazy in his quiet dorm.

He is coming home this weekend to do some laundry and hang out. I’m not sure how long he plans to stay, overnight or the whole weekend, but I’m glad he felt comfortable enough to ask. He is a stubborn shit sometimes and refused my offer earlier in the week when it looked like the shower situation wasn’t going to get resolved quickly. It did show how determined he was to make it all work no matter how out of sorts and uncomfortable he was.

It is such a huge relief to see him getting comfortable. Just in time for me to start stressing about how BG’s back to school start is going to look.

 

Ready To Seed

For the first time probably since I got this daisy years ago it has multiple blooms on it. Normally it either doesn’t bloom at all or I only get one. This year I will have had at least 4 blooms, so I’m ecstatic.

These behave much like a dandelion in how they grow and bloom. The leaves look like very large dandelion leaves but softer. When they are done blooming, they seed out with fuzzy carriers much like the way dandelions seed. How they get from bloom to seed is different, but how they look is very similar.

This one isn’t quite at full seed yet, but it is well on its way.

Detritus Of A Daisy

Because apparently uploading so many images yesterday wasn’t enough photography for me, I had to take 100+ more images when I was done. All because I saw my Gerbera going to seed.

Gerbera Daisy Going To Seed
Gerbera Daisy Going To Seed

I’ve seen it do this before, but it had been so long since this bloomed, I’d forgotten it behaves similar to a dandelion, with the little seeds being surrounded by fuzzy spikes.

Gerbera Daisy Seed
Gerbera Daisy Seed

It is interesting how many of these seeds stayed attached to the petal. I wonder if that helps it fly or hinders it? I’d think the weight of the petal would make that hard. Not all stayed attached, so it more than likely just hadn’t broken away yet.

Gerbera Daisy Going To Seed
Gerbera Daisy Going To Seed

Every tiny movement knocked more of the seeds and petals off. I’d taken this outside to get better light and I lost so many of them. When I’d gotten all the shots I wanted of what was left, I didn’t want to drop them all over the place on the way back in, so I knocked it against the railing. Nearly everything fell off and flew away. Only a few determined stragglers hung on to make it back inside.