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Happiness on a Stem

A grouping of pink daisy-like flowers with orange yellow centres are on a dark green background. They are bright and cheerful.
Pink Sunshine

I’m pretty sure that everyone reading this post needs to see something cheerful and happy at this point. I know that I do. These bright-faced things were facing the setting sun, lighting up the edge of a garden across the road, so I crossed over to look more closely and almost at once I felt better, just looking at them. So here they are as a gift for you all, as #BloomScrolling is better than Doom Scrolling, every time. Have a lovely weekend, friends.

Grass-leaved Goldenrod

Grass leaved goldenrod
Grass leaved goldenrod

Good day everyone! Today’s flower to help cheer your morning (or evening) is a wild one, a member of the Aster family. At first glance it doesn’t seem to be very interesting, but when you look closely it has an intricate tiny beauty in each little flower. It is known as Grass leaved Goldenrod or Goldentops, grows around us profusely and its nectar is a favourite of monarch butterflies. I love the tiny golden florettes that sit above those spiky leaves. This was photographed along the edge of the path that runs beside a wood next to us. The Flower a Day Gallery as it is up to now is below. Each day a new photo will be added.