April’s Special Flower


The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that the special flower for April is either the daisy or the sweetpea. Flower Press explains that, “Each month of the year is associated with its very own flower. April is somewhat of an exception since there are two flowers associated with this month – the daisy and sweet peas.” However, Interflora sticks with just the daisy as does Proflowers.

I’m only having the daisy as my special flower for April. I always think of sweet peas later in the year.

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Probably the most famous Daisy Quote is from the song “Daisy Bell”:

Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do.
I’m half crazy all
for the love of you.
It won’t be a stylish marriage,
I can’t afford a carriage.
But you’ll look sweet,
Upon the seat,
Of a bicycle made for two.

daisy bike
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Written in 1892 by British songwriter Harry Dacre, the song “Daisy Bell” is said to have been inspired by Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick, one of the many mistresses of King Edward VII.

This Pathe News clip from 1923 features the Countess of Warwick who amazingly stood as Labour MP against the Conservative Anthony Eden. Eden won and remained as MP for Warwick and Leamington until 1957.

If you’ve a few minutes to spare you should read Daisy Greville’s life story. You couldn’t make it up!

“Daisy Bell” is the earliest song sung using computer speech synthesis.

In 1961, the IBM 7094 became the first computer to sing, singing the song Daisy Bell. Vocals were programmed by John Kelly and Carol Lockbaum and the accompaniment was programmed by Max Mathews.

Thanks for reading my daisy blog today.

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  1. My great auntie’s name was Daisy, and so we called her Daisy-Bell. A lovely generous lady who always referred to herself in the third person when speaking to us kids: “Now, Daisy will buy you an ice-cream, but you have to promise Daisy you’ll still eat your dinner tonight, else Daisy will be in trouble …”

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