Daisies can act as weather barometers and clocks. These are intriguing observations in Peter Wohlleben’s The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature’s Secret Signs (2018), best selling author of the Hidden Life of Trees.
An immediate review of all Daisies in personal photo collection followed.
A Daisy feeling under the Weather in Winter
Daisy feeling a bit brighter in February Sunshine
Daisy in the Pink
Daisies in Rain of 15 December 2018
It’s a Blur
While there are lots of daisy pictures in the collection, they were not taken scientifically with notes on the weather until 15 December 2018. The notes do not reveal weather forecasting. (Note to self for future botanical recording). Contrasting Daisy behaviour in different weather conditions and at different times of the year is interesting. It would be great to see a BBC Natural History programme showing the changes with time lapse recording.
Back to the book review… This blog is based on just a couple of plant-related pages of a fascinating read from cover to cover in one day. The book is translated from Peter Wohlleben’s original 2012 German by Ruth Admedzai Kemp with Jessica West.
Daisy as Weather Prophet
Wohlleben describes how you can decide whether to put the washing out or not by looking at daisies in your garden (page 8). The petals close up if rain is on the way. Some droop (as above) to avoid letting rain in. Cultivated flowers appear to have lost this ability.
Daisy as a Clock
You can also set your clock by daisies. They open up their nectar and pollen shop by day and close by night. Daisies open up at 9am. The great Linnaeus had a King Canute-type experience in trying to create a flower clock at the Uppsala Botanical Garden. He based it on the different opening and closing times of flowers. His attempt at bringing order to Nature did not work out in this case.
Whetting Appetite for Deeper Knowledge
Ultimately, the book leaves you wanting to know more. It covers a lot of ground. There seems to be far more to explain and explore on the cleverness of plants. A book that whets your appetite for more information on Nature is a welcome read. Some of his words on feeding birds and bird boxes were surprising and require further reflection (pages 52-3).
Ultimately, the author wants us to reclaim our sensitivity to nature and reawaken our powers of observation (page 161). He succeeded in sending this botanist out in the rain to look at daisies more closely.
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