Cape Marigold / Cape Marguerite / Star of the Veldt (Dimorphotheca ecklonis)
Speaking of dying plants, do you remember the pink Gerbera daisy? -> [link] This Cape Marigold comes from the same supermarket and looked a lot worse than the Gerbera when it was brought home: it was full of buds but needing water badly. Two of the buds bloomed into horrible looking flowers with deformed petals and a couple more withered without actually blooming. The weather didn't help: Cape Marigolds need lots of sun and we got a very rainy April instead. However, last week the surviving buds started growing bigger and turning into a beautiful shade of purple. I was so happy, so I made sure to capture the first blossoms. ^^
Shot with a Canon PowerShot SX1 IS May 2012 | Full View recommended | I hope you'll like it!