But noooo …. Someone’s hand still itched to get another.
Unfortunately, the first Euryops chrysanthemoides I saw was not for sale; it was part of a floral display at a floral festival.
The next time I saw the plant, I bought it faster than you could say Jack Robinson. Never mind that the plant was just a puny three inches tall.
But as with many of my first experiments, it expired all too soon.
And so I looked for it again.
I found the next Euryops chrysanthemoides at the Melbourne Botanical Gardens.
These were almost as tall as I was, and were about 10 feet wide! I had to touch it to make sure it was for real and was the same plant.
All this while I had thought that the Euryops chrysanthemoides was a small bedding plant. But what I saw in Melbourne showed me that it was anything but tiny. Silly me; its common name ‘African Bush Daisy’ should have given me a clue.
The amazing specimen served as an excellent backdrop for my picnic and strengthened my resolve to get a replacement.
It’s progress? … so far, so good.
And if anyone’s wondering, it’s still under 10 inches tall; a far cry from its gargantuan cousin Down Under.
I doubt if my little one will ever reach those incredible dimensions, but honestly, I’m quite contented with its diminutive height.
Care and propagation: Full sun; well-drained soil; water generously. Propagate using seeds or cuttings.