E.J.Wilkins

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Marigold


Calendula officinalis


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!
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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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Marigold


Calendula officinalis


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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comments (32)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 3 Nov 2008, 01:38
With all that, Ellie, no wonder it's also my favorite color in the world!
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 3 Nov 2008, 02:16
Nicely done! This is a good dollop of color to start the week off.
Thank you Ellie - it does look cheering as I sit here before venturing out to work. I used these around my tomato plants this year as a very effective deterrent to Whitefly/Aphids etc
I really like the structure of the unopened green bud on the left Ellie. richard
Lovely splash of colour on a dull grey morning Ellie
  • Tracy
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2008, 08:35
Well Ellie I can honestly say you brightend minesmile
Thank you.
Wonderful composition Ellie. The colour is stunning!
  • Harv
  • UK
  • 3 Nov 2008, 09:13
This is certainly a lovely, colourful close-up picture on a grey day. Love the way the budding flower in the background is sharp too! (how did you do that?)
EJWilkins: Sheer chance that they were both the same distance from the lens. I think the "bud" on the left is a seedhead.
Well the sun is shining here in Cornwall and it is still a very welcome sight. Lovely picture and colours.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2008, 10:07
Well it's certainly dull looking out of my window today, so it's done its job! More than the orange flower though, I'm intrigued by the tightly furled green bud next to it.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: I think the thing on the left is a developing seed head, the flower buds are quite different. Glad you enjoyed the colour smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2008, 10:25
Doesn't look like this outside my window so thanks for the splash of sunshine Ellie ;o)
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2008, 11:14
what a lovely bit of sunshine to brighten a monday morning
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 3 Nov 2008, 11:48
I like the colour. Marigolds are good companion plants for roses.
Nice flowers, especially the one on the left.
Certainly has brightened up this dull autumn day Ellie, lovely picture.
  • FLOOG
  • The windmills of my mind
  • 3 Nov 2008, 14:30
Utterly beautiful. The bud to the left looks almost alien.

Fabulous smile
EJWilkins: It is almost "alien" - it's developing seeds rather than a flower bud, they look very ordinary wink
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Nov 2008, 14:43
Yes, an orange-golden sun has arised, that keeps us in a good mood indeed -despite grey weather and beside good thoughts and doings! Nice your detailled informations about this plant! Anniedog's fly should visit also your flower!
Vibrant colours, Beautiful
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Nov 2008, 15:11
Beautiful stuff, Ellie. Inspired decision to get the seed head in sharp focus as well.
Wonderful shot Ellie certainly cheered me up !!!
  • monika
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2008, 16:00
Oh I love the shape of these seed heads, fascinating shape! Beautiful details and colours, well done Ellie smile
Wow, Ellie, this is a great shot! The orange tones are sumptuous. Indeed a bright note to any day. The pinked edges of the petals are captured so well
Another stunning floral shot, Ellie.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 3 Nov 2008, 18:47
This is lovely and it's one of my favorites too.
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 3 Nov 2008, 18:59
Stunning colours, Ellie! I love seeing the "work in progress" on the seed head. Superbly done.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Nov 2008, 20:07
Excellent detail and a good composition.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Nov 2008, 20:34
This is a joy for the eye, it sure is a very nice colour and flower, you did a nice job.
wonderful colours
Oh what wonderful colour! It has certainly brightened up my day.....or as it is now, evening! I am just hating these dark nights setting in.(:o)
Red and green = maximum contrast of colors. A great image.
The green bud on the left has stolen the show. Amazing detail.
Beautiful says it all.

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