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The Shasta Daisy from Wikipedia: Luther Burbank
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Luther Burbank had a great fondness for the wild oxeye daisies that grew under the elm tree in front of his family home. Many years later, the young plant-breeder was inspired to develop these wildflowers for use as garden flowers, and envisioned an ideal daisy: it would have very large pure white flowers, long blooming period, and be good both as a cut flower and garden plant. In order to achieve his goals he used four different plants, creating a quadruple hybrid.

He started with the oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and cross-pollinated it with the English field daisy (Leucanthemum maximum) which had larger flowers than the oxeye daisy. The best of these hybrids were then dusted with pollen from the Portuguese field daisy (Leucanthemum lacustre) and their seedlings were bred selectively for six years.

These bloomed nicely, but Burbank wasn't satisfied yet. He wanted whiter, brighter flowers. He took the most promising of these triple hybrids and pollinated them with the Japanese field daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum), a species with small, pure white flowers. Finally, he got the beautiful large white daisy that he was hoping for. He named it for the lovely glistening Mount Shasta in Northern California. The Shasta daisy hybrids were introduced in 1901 after 17 years in development.

City of Santa Rosa: Shasta Daisy

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  •  Cookie Jar - N/T (5+ / 0-)

    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 01:46:34 PM PDT

  •  Luther Burbank was a spectacular human being (3+ / 0-)
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    myboo, Ojibwa, DJ Rix

    who like George Washington Carver, knew the value of the deep silent space that lies within all of us and it's value in connecting with all forms of life.  

    Burbank was a close friend of Paramahansa Yogananda who said of him in his book Autobiography of a Yogi, that

    His heart was fathomlessly deep, long acquainted with humility, patience, sacrifice. His little home amid the roses was austerely simple; he knew the worthlessness of luxury, the joy of few possessions. The modesty with which he wore his scientific fame repeatedly reminded me of the trees that bend low with the burden of ripening fruits; it is the barren tree that lifts its head high in an empty boast.
    Towards the end of his life, Burbank gave a speech at the First Congregational Church of San Francisco saying
    I love humanity, which has been a constant delight to me during all my seventy-seven years of life; and I love flowers, trees, animals, and all the works of Nature as they pass before us in time and space. What a joy life is when you have made a close working partnership with Nature, helping her to produce for the benefit of mankind new forms, colors, and perfumes in flowers which were never known before; fruits in form, size, and flavor never before seen on this globe; and grains of enormously increased productiveness, whose fat kernels are filled with more and better nourishment, a veritable storehouse of perfect food—new food for all the world's untold millions for all time to come.
    In 1906 the city of Santa Rosa where Burbank lived and worked, was devastated by the earthquake whose epicenter was just a few miles west of the city.  Burbank attributed his close relationship to Nature and the harmony that produces to the fact that , while all around him buildings were razed to the ground, not one single pane of glass in his greenhouses was so much as cracked.  

    If transferring wealth to the top 2% creates jobs, wouldn't we be swimming in jobs right now? (-9.75 / -9.05)

    by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 02:11:33 PM PDT

    •  here are some beautiful thoughts from (3+ / 0-)
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      myboo, Ojibwa, DJ Rix

      Luther Burbank:

      On bias :

      It is well for people who think to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean. For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while.
      On the power of Love:
      The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love.
      Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul
      On Nature:
      Nature's laws affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws, you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.
      Do not feed children on maudlin sentimentalism or dogmatic religion; give them nature”
      “Listen patiently, quietly and reverently to the lessons, one by one, which Mother Nature has to teach, shedding light on that which was before a mystery, so that all who will, may see and know.”
      And finally, a few quotes as pertinent today as they were then:
      And to think of this great country in danger of being dominated by people ignorant enough to take a few ancient Babylonian legends as the canons of modern culture. Our scientific men are paying for their failure to speak out earlier. There is no use now talking evolution to these people. Their ears are stuffed with Genesis.
      Let us read the Bible without the ill-fitting colored spectacles of theology, just as we read other books, using our own judgment and reason, listening to the voice within, not to the noisy babel without. Most of us possess discriminating reasoning powers. Can we use them or must we be fed by others like babes?
      I have seen myself lose intolerance, narrowness, bigotry, complacence, pride and a whole bushel-basket of other intellectual vices through my contact with Nature and with men. And when you take weeds out of a garden it gives you room to grow flowers. So, every time I lost a little self-satisfaction, or arrogance, I could plant some broadness or love of my own in its place, and after a while the garden of my mind began to bloom and be fragrant and I found myself better equipped for my work and more useful to others as a consequence

      If transferring wealth to the top 2% creates jobs, wouldn't we be swimming in jobs right now? (-9.75 / -9.05)

      by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 02:25:35 PM PDT

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