I thought this picture would brighten what could be a dull autumn day.
The "Pot Marigold" lives up to it's name quite well, can be used in cooking to give a lovely orange colour to recipes (cheaper than saffron). The petals are also used as a fabric dye.
As a herb it's supposed to be a "cure all
" for a range of skin conditions and an aid to digestion.
It's also an effective "companion plant
", it attracts pollinating insects, is beneficial to courgettes and marrows and will deter whitefly, eelworms and nematodes - it works too!
.....edit 15:00 hrs 3 Nov
To the left and in the background are developing seed heads. Marigold seeds are quite large and curved. They start off green and dry to a light brown colour..
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