Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan Claire. This is day one hundred and eighty of that project.

This quilt block shows Shasta daisies, three of them from left to right. The left daisy and right daisy are shorter and sit under the center taller daisy. Each one has a green stem with leaves. The top of each flower has a yellow center, and white petals.

“He loves me. He loves me not. He loves me…..”

I don’t know if young women/girls still pluck daisy petals and recite this but I did when I was a girl. They probably have an app to do that for them now.

I lived in a little house in town in 1979 and outside my kitchen window was a flower garden.

It was surrounded by sidewalk on all sides so I thought it would be a safe place to plant Shasta daisies. They are hardy and make a showy display.

However, they are aggressive spreaders so you want them contained. Other flowers that grow well with them and can hold their own are coneflowers, rudbeckia, bee balm and Joe-Pye weed.

Bees will land on the daisies because of their composite shape but flies are the real pollinators.

Now for the downside of Shastas- they are poisonous to dogs and they stink! That’s how they attract flies.

I loved how they looked but hated how they smelled.

Sort of like a very attractive person with bad breath.