Monday, May 19, 2008

Halfsies

I hate Wal-Mart. I really really do, but on occasion I forget this and end up there. Upon leaving on these occasions, I normally say to myself, "I'm never going back to Wal-Mart." And then I forget. And I go there on a Sunday afternoon when it is worse than usual.

So, I'm not sure what exactly led me to Wal Mart yesterday. Usually there is a justification like it's close to my house or it's convenient. Anyway, I walked in through the garden center and I immediately spied this Gerber Daisy.

Two Tone Gerber 01

Now, I really like gerber daisies, but I don't have a history of keeping them alive. In fact, he first gift that Rykert ever gave me was a gerber daisy plant that I promptly and neglectfully killed. He tried again a few years later and the result was the same. These were my only attempts at keeping something alive prior to having a dog. Luckily, I've become more responsible. At any rate, the plant will likely not last that long, and this may be be the only flowers I ever see from it. I wasn't looking for any plants, and I certainly wouldn't have picked this color if I was. But somehow these things just happen.

I don't think it is long for this world. What, with my track record with gerber daisies and the fact that the dog has already started eating the petals off of the other flower. I think it is appropriate that I would find this genetically mutated, frankenstein-esque flower at Wal-Mart. Don't you think?

Any thoughts on how this happened? It was the only one like it at the store. The other flower is completely the darker color.

6 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Heather said...

I would say that maybe that the lighter side was in shade for a long time and didn't get the sun exposure it needed, but that would just be a guess. It is neat though.

Emily said...

It's a freak of nature and it's awesome!

Debbie said...

No idea why it happened, but isn't genetics interesting? It's not unique, but it is lovely.

For better or worse, dogs are more demanding, and hardier, than gerberas; it's harder to ignore their needs. Fortunately, they're even more rewarding (in my opinion anyway).

Chelsea said...

My knowledge of plant genetics is definitely lacking, though I did take a plant biology class at some point. Essentially the plant has the genes for both colors, but one is dominant over the other. For some reason the non-dominant color is expressed in that half of the flower. It might have something to do with this. Not sure though

Knittripps said...

What an odd little flower! Very Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

I hate Walmart too but once in a blue moon I find myself there anyway.

Knittripps said...

What an odd little flower! Very Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

I hate Walmart too but once in a blue moon I find myself there anyway.

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