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Daisies Daisies

What a lovely day we had yesterday in most parts of the island.

I saw a lovely field full of the Mediterranean Daisy (Bellis sylvestris) yesterday. Its Catalan name is Bellorita which is probably quite suitable. In Castellano the plant is called Margalida, Margalideta, Margaridoia or Primavera (Spring), again more than fitting considering that we are only 28 days or four weeks away from the official first day of Spring.

The little gem of a flower is thought to have its name Daisy by way of a corruption of day’s eye, because the whole head closes at night and opens again in the morning. This Mediterranean wild flower offers a whole string of medicinal properties. The other good thing about the Daisy is that its leaves are edible and can be used in salads. And it grows everywhere in Mallorca, absolutely free, for nothing.

Some rain is forecast for today with some snow in the mountains (above 1,400 m). Temperatures are said to increase from tomorrow, though.

The photo was taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 20th, 2010. The time was 12:31:03.

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