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Yellow and Orange Rustic Beauty

There is an exception in my garden to the perennials and it is called the marigold. They are cheerful with their yellow and orange colors and so easy to grow. Most of my plants and flowers are perennials because they are much easier. You cut them back at the end of the season, then they pop back up in the spring. Most annuals have to be planted each year, which is why they are called annuals. I prefer the perennial so they will come back bigger and with more flowers the next season. 

The marigold’s popularity comes from its ability to bloom all summer long. It also has a scent that supposedly drives away certain animal life from the gardens. And sometimes, like with our weather, they bloom into the fall. I still have a few blooming, these have raindrops scattered as well. I have mostly the yellow and orange blooms. I call them my rustic beauty. 

Here are a few interesting facts about marigolds as well:

  • The bright petals of signet marigolds add color and a spicy tang to salads and other summer dishes.
  • The flower petals are sometimes cooked with rice to impart the color (but not the flavor) of saffron.
  • ‘Mexican Mint’ (sometimes called Texas tarragon) is a sturdy little herb that can be substituted for French tarragon in cooking. This species has been long used in Latin America for tea as well as seasoning.

And now you know a little more about the marigolds.

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  1. I had panted calendula, nasturtiums, and marigolds in the past. They also decorate our dinner salads. Birds love picking off the flower stems, too! :-/

    Thank you for this marigold post! You’ve reemphasized my desire to plan on adding these beauties again.

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