I first saw Sheffield daisies at the Smith College perennial garden. It was late in the fall and I was amazed and delighted by this large clump of gloriously blooming pink flowers. I had no idea what they were, and posted the picture with a query to my readers. The answer was quick in coming – Sheffield daisies, also called Sheffies. They are strong growers and very hardy. They came through last week’s frost untouched. I have grown them for two years and have already divided them and given away two clumps, and now have three clumps of my own. What a great plant.
This photo is of a different clump of chrysanthemums (‘Cambodian Queen?‘) and Sheffield daisies are actually a chrysanthemum and like full sun. In my garden they grow about two feet tall, although I am told they can get taller. They appreciate a good rich soil, but are drought tolerant. My dry garden this summer certainly did not deter my Sheffies at all. This is a wonderful late bloomer.
I solved the mystery of the Sheffie, but I have a new mystery this fall. This is a photo of my forsythia foliage. I don’t recall ever seeing it go through the fall with such variegations. It is very attractive, but I don’t know why. We’ve been having a relatively mild and dry fall. Is that the explanation, or am I not remembering previous falls? A definite possibility. Any thoughts are welcome