Facts about the marigold flower

Written by Linda Paquette

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“The Marigold that goes to bed wi' th' sun, And with him rises weeping…”

4.As far back asrepparttar 15th century, Marigold was thought to be a remedy for a number of medical problems including headache, jaundice, red eyes, toothache, bee sting, sprains, wounds, and ague (chills and fever). However, it was noted by Stevens in Countrie Farm that, “It must be taken only whenrepparttar 113307 moon is inrepparttar 113308 Sign ofrepparttar 113309 Virgin and not when Jupiter is inrepparttar 113310 ascendant, for thenrepparttar 113311 herb loses its virtue.”

5.Early Anglo-Saxons calledrepparttar 113312 Marigold “Golds” or “Ruddes” and flowers were often boiled to extract their yellow color for food colorings, fabric, and even hair dyes. After extraction, a yellow powder remains. In 1819, Geiger chemically analyzedrepparttar 113313 marigold and named this yellow powder “Calendulus”. Todayrepparttar 113314 marigold flower still is dried,repparttar 113315 petals ground and used as a substitute forrepparttar 113316 herb saffron.

6.Marigold petals mixed with chicken feed add intensity torepparttar 113317 color ofrepparttar 113318 egg yolks.

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Blue Wild Flowers for Your Garden

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

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Like its relativerepparttar dayflower,repparttar 113306 spiderwort opens for part of a day only. Inrepparttar 113307 morning it is wide awake and pert; early inrepparttar 113308 afternoon its petals have begun to retreat and wither away. New blooms appear each day throughoutrepparttar 113309 season though.

WILD HYACINTH, SCILLA or SQUILL. QUAMASH (Quamasia kyacinthina; Scilla Fraseri of Gray) - Lily family

The Wild Hyacinth tends to produce many pale violet blue flowers, though once in awhile they can be white. There tend to be equal groups of 6 flowers on long, oblong-shaped branches. The plant tends to grow 1-2 feet tall, and has grass-like, short leaves. These wild flowers prefer meadows, prairies and stream banks, and they bloom from April to May.

These wild flowers tend to be low maintenance, and they propogate on their own, without being invasive. In addition to attracting bees,repparttar 113310 Wild Hyacinth also tends to attract ants, wasps, flies, butterflies, and beetles.

Whether you prefer to start your flowers from seeds or potted starter plants, wild flowers are a wonderful addition to any type of garden. Creating a stand alone wild flower garden is also a fantastic way to make a great, naturalized impression in large or unused areas of your landscape.

Watch for future articles where I'll introduce you to many other wild flowers in a variety of other colors too!

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