Happy, insect repellent, glorious marigolds !
A native of Mexico, marigolds have been grown in gardens throughout the world for hundreds of years. Today, they are one of the most popular bedding plants in the United States. Marigolds are easy to grow, bloom reliably all summer, and have few insect and disease problems. The marigold’s only shortcoming (for some people) is its pungent aroma. There are numerous marigold varieties available to home gardeners. Many of the commonly grown marigolds are varieties of African and French marigolds. (source)
Exploding a myth:
While marigolds are seldom bothered by insects and diseases, they are not problem free. Spider mites can devastate marigolds in hot, dry weather. Grasshoppers can also cause considerable damage. Aster yellows is an occasionally disease problem. In a related matter, some gardeners plant marigolds in their vegetable gardens to repel harmful insects. While the marigolds are an attractive addition to the garden, research studies have concluded they aren’t effective in reducing insect damage on vegetable crops.
dried marigolds for sale here
My contribution to Inspiration Avenue this week is a painted marigold:
Oils, 11" x 14" copyright McCarroll
What is in your marigold world this week? Come and join in the fun and show us YOUR marigolds, be they plastic or ceramic, or even REAL from your garden! Go over to Inspiration Avenue and show us your marigolds!