Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) is a common wildflower here in Finland, popping up in fields and gardens at random. Like many other wildflowers, Finns will walk on them or whack them down nonchalantly while tidying their gardens without a second thought. When I was gardening back in SoCal, I used to have the most difficult time getting lots of flowers, including these, to grow because of our dry desert climate. Seeing them thriving all on their own is still a treat for me.

We have a few clumps of these cheerful daisies mixed in with our perennial borders, and they are most welcome to grow as much as they want. The flowers are long-lasting and cheerful, great for perking up dull corners. Plus, the more we have, the more I can cut to use in my bouquets!

One other note — the greens and flowers are both edible, so I will have to try them one of these days. You know, when I actually have enough of the garden under control that I can get a bit more creative with my foraging. At this moment, I’ll be happy if I can just get my spinach seedlings thinned before they bolt and become rabbit food. Then again, not having to tend them is definitely one of the most attractive aspects of wild food. A friend of mine recently posted a picture of stir fried oxeye daisy that looked very tasty — the daisies growing below my computer room window might be meeting a frying pan some day soon…

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