Thursday, May 13, 2010

Marigold flower photos

It's time to plant Marigold flowers in the garden. Marigold (Calendula officinalis) is very easy to grow and the yellow, orange and mixed colored flowers are a lovely addition to the garden.

Many gardeners grow them amidst their vegetable crops as Marigold is considered to keep insects away.
Due to their pungent odor, Marigolds are considered the wonder-drug of the companion plant world. Some marigolds species like Tagetes (in both photos) produce a strong pesticidal chemical from their roots, that lasts years after the flowers are gone.
Marigold flower with a bee-macro
Marigold flowers often used in food industry for their nutritive qualities as well as for coloring of several culinary products.
Marigold flowers

3 comments:

Naturedigital said...

Great macros.
Costas

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Gorgeous color - I am planting my garden tomorrow!

leavesnbloom said...

Some years I grow these other years I don't. They are great little plants for keeping certain beasties away thats for sure. This year my colour scheme for the containers is pinks, whites, lilacs , purples, blues and cerise so I don't think I'll be buying any.

I love the little honey bee on the first photo. I have not been successful at getting a bee in focus in any of my photos yet.

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