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Daisy

This flower was an essential part of Midsummer celebrations. Whilst it was considered lucky to step on the first daisy of the year, young children were strictly told to avoid it as should it be uprooted the child would grow-up stunted in height. Any young animal that ate it would also come to harm (although in what way it is not known). You can still see young girls occasionally picking daisies and counting the number of petals. By doing so she would be able to find out if her male friend loved her or not by alternating 'he loves me, he loves me not' for each petal pulled out. By grabbing a whole bunch of daisies with the eyes shut the girl could then count how many flowers had been picked. The number reflected how many years she would have to wait before she would marry.