Facts about the marigold flower

Written by Linda Paquette

Itís a well known fact thatrepparttar marigold flower is one ofrepparttar 113307 favorites inrepparttar 113308 home garden, but as well as an attractive and useful bedding plant,repparttar 113309 marigold has enjoyed continued use for culinary, medicinal, and cosmetic purposes as well.

1.The most common types of marigold arerepparttar 113310 wild marsh marigold,repparttar 113311 tall African marigold, andrepparttar 113312 robust French marigold. African and French cultivars frequently are hybrid to sustain longer bloom and soften their pungent aroma. The resulting plant is called a triploid marigold, which is commonly calledrepparttar 113313 mule marigold because of its poor ability to produce seeds.

2.Latin forrepparttar 113314 common or marsh marigold is Calendula officinalis, christened as such because ancient Romans noticed that it bloomed onrepparttar 113315 first, or calends, of every month.

3.For centuries, it was believed thatrepparttar 113316 marigold opened inrepparttar 113317 morning and closed at night. This trait has often been mentioned in literature, most notably by Shakespeare in ďA Winterís TaleĒ where he wrote,

Blue Wild Flowers for Your Garden

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

Planting wild flowers in your garden, or simply scattering wild flower seeds around an area of your yard are both ways to take advantage of Mother Nature's treasured gifts. Wild flowers are carefree, colorful, and tend to attract bees, butterflys and birds. So planting wild flowers not only gives you an easy maintenance flower garden... it also promises to be a constant source of interesting activity throughoutrepparttar year.

The following wild flowers are blue to purple in color, and some say this is a favorite color of bees.

VIRGINIA or COMMON DAY-FLOWER (Commelina Virginica) - Spiderwort family The Day Flower has blue, one inch wide or smaller flowers which tend to be irregular. The flowers are grouped atrepparttar 113306 end ofrepparttar 113307 stem, and are upheld by long leaf-like bracts. The leaves are lance-shaped and 3-5 inches long. The upper leaves form like a hood of sorts aboutrepparttar 113308 flower. These wild flowers prefer moist, shady ground and flower from June through September.

The day flower tends to open inrepparttar 113309 morning and looking somewhat "alert". Inrepparttar 113310 afternoon, or afterrepparttar 113311 bees have visited and fertilized it,repparttar 113312 petals roll up and quickly wilt into a wet, shapeless mass which will leave a sticky blue fluid on your fingers if you touch it.

SPIDERWORT; WIDOW'S or JOB'S TEARS (Tradescantia Virginiana) - Spiderwort family The Spiderwort's flowers are purplish blue in color but on rare occasion they can be white. There's usually several flowers about 1-2 inches wide, and usually contain clusters of drooping buds between long, blade-like bracts atrepparttar 113313 end. This one can grow from 8-36 inches tall, and has long blade-like leaves. It prefers rich, moist woods, thickets or garden space, and it flowers from May through August.

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