Gerbera’s (2)

Interesting facts about the Gerbera also known as the Barberton-Transvaal- or the African Daisy

  • are in the top five of cut flowers
  • America: buys over 200 million stems a year
  • the Netherlands: is growing the flower in high-tech greenhouses
  • birth flower for the month of April

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    Bouquet w/mahogany variety
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        Close up of the above bouquet

 

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Bouquet of the pink variety w/ dark brown center
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       Close up of the above bouquet
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                                     Bouquet of the pink variety w/mint green center
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            Close up of the above bouquet

 “Whatever a man’s age, he can reduce it several years by putting a bright colored flower in his buttonhole”    Mark Twain

And that bright colored flower can be very well a Gerbera 🙂

 

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Gerberas (1)

Gerbera also known as the Barberton-, African- or Transvaal Daisy was discovered by the Scotsman Robert Jameson near Barberton in South Africa, in 1884. These daisies he saw blooming while excavating a goldmine.  The flower is called after the German botantist Traugott Gerber (1710-1743). The gerbera like the sunflower turns to the sun.

Gerberas are perennial flowers and can grow as high as 12 to 18 inches (approximately 30 t0 45 centimeters) in single, double and semi-double petals.

The gerbera symbolizes happiness and are in vibrant and pastel colors except true-blues &- purples.

  • rich red: in love
  • bright orange: sunshine, life
  • surprising- & pale pink: admiration, high-esteem
  • innocent white &- creamy: purity, childlike
  • sunny & soft yellow – peach: cheerfulness  
  • mahogany

The shades of the above mentioned colors are so extensive, you really don’t want to know :-).  I’ll be posting in intervals more bright colors of this Daisy.

The flower is very well suited in a floral center piece or in a small Biedermeier bouquet and has usually a long vase life.

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Arrangement of Rich Red Variety
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Close up of the above arrangement

 

 

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Arrangement of the orange variety w/ yellow edges
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Close up of the above arrangement

 

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Dark Pink Variety

 

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Arrangement of pink gerberas w/ dark brown center
Close up of the above arrangement
Close up of the above arrangement