Posted on | May 15, 2012 | 17 Comments

A long time ago I bought a Botanica Encyclopedia and spent many hours one winter browsing its pages, taking notes on plants and flowers I loved and drawing elaborate plans for gardens I never planted.  I planned a white garden with night-blooming nicotania, a Mary garden with white and blue flowers, cutting gardens and more rose gardens than you can imagine.  One flower that struck me immediately was the African Daisy cultivar, Osteospermum Whirlygig.  With its pinched petals, it looked like a flower from outer space.  At the time, the only place that sold this particular cultivar was a garden shop outside London.  I had an upcoming trip to London for my daughter’s high school graduation present and tried to scheme a way to get the seeds (bringing back a live plant through customs was not going to happen) while we were there, but there were other sights to see and things to do and it didn’t happen.

A couple of weeks ago, I found it at Home Depot.  You’d better believe, I’ll be saving these seeds.


17 Responses to “whirlygig”

  1. Erica
    May 15th, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Oh, it’s beautiful! Thanks for telling us what it is…my immediate response to that first picture was that I wanted one. I love planting imaginary gardens. (Actually, I like planting real ones even better, but imaginary ones are more practical at the moment…)

  2. kitten
    May 15th, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    LOL. It’s an interesting flower, to be sure!

  3. Carole
    May 15th, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    Those photos are fantastic! Congrats on finding your plant so close to home!

  4. Jacey
    May 15th, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    It’s so unusual! I love it. And I’m glad you found it! I wanted to mention to you that I used your strawberry lemon basil thyme jam this week in some crumb bars. Incredible! The lemon really zings in that jam!

  5. Cookie
    May 15th, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    Beautiful photos!

    Sounds like those plants were meant to be.

  6. Cookie
    May 15th, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    Yeah, I don’t know my own email. /sigh

  7. Vicki
    May 15th, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    Funny how things like that stick with us… I can see why!! Gorgeous flower and lovely photos, too.

  8. Cheryl S
    May 15th, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    All things come to those who wait. Glad you finally got your flower!

  9. Lynn in Tucson
    May 15th, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    Love it!

  10. cauchy09
    May 16th, 2012 @ 6:41 am

    oh, i love those flowers and your photos! gorgeous.

  11. Crystal
    May 16th, 2012 @ 6:47 am

    It’s gorgeous!

  12. j.
    May 16th, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    Pretty! Are they perennials, annuals, what?

  13. margene
    May 16th, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    So delicate, so pretty!

  14. Stephanie
    May 17th, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    Such vibrant colors – I love green and purple!

  15. Rachel
    May 17th, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    gorgeous photos…and what an unusual plant…beautiful but unique!

  16. melissa
    May 29th, 2012 @ 9:46 am


  17. Denise | Chez Danisse
    June 5th, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    The seeds found you! Definitely worth saving.