Here's how you insure that your Denver Daisy is in blooming good health: You get it from professionals, already fully grown (or close enough).
Earlier this summer, I reported on how my attempts to grow a Denver Daisy -- the special species designed to honor Denver's 150th birthday, with a seed giveaway in April scheduled to have the city ablaze in color by the Democratic National Convention -- had twice been foiled. Once, my single seedling may have been the victim of a daisy-napping. But the second time, the tiny plant just crumbled into dust and disappeared.
Not so the lovely pot of Denver Daisies I was presented with last Thursday night at the Denver Botanic Gardens, where big patches of the daisies in full blown glory further mocked my gardening efforts.
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So yes, it is possible to grow a Denver Daisy, as this photo proves. The real challenge will be whether I can keep a Denver Daisy alive. -- Patricia Calhoun