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Wednesday 4 October 2023

Octobers Birth Month Flowers - The Marigold

October's Official Birth Month Flowers are the Marigold and Cosmos. This post just concentrates on the colourful marigold ... details about the Cosmos will follow soon. I hope you find this an interesting read, even if you do not celebrate a birthday this month.

image from here

The Marigold
Native to the Americas, from the southwestern United States to well into South America, marigolds are popular because of their ease of growing, low-maintenance, and colourful blooms from early summer through to the first frost.

Marigolds, a member of the aster family, and more specifically the Tagetes genus, have three main types: French, African (or American), and Signet, which appear in orange, yellow, red, and bi-colours, as well as other colour combinations. (Pot marigolds, native to southern Europe and a member of the Calendula genus, are not a true marigold.)

While the names suggest otherwise, African marigolds do not originate in Africa and got their name when the flowers were brought through northwest Africa along a trade route. French marigolds were named due to their popularity in French gardens.

Marigold Meanings and Symbolism
  • The common name, marigold, is a shortening of ”Mary’s gold.” It is said to have been named for the Virgin Mary.
  • Because of their strong smell, gardeners once thought marigolds were poisonous.
  • In India, giving a marigold lei was a sign of friendship.
  • Many cultures believed that the bright orange and yellow colours, representing the rays of the Sun, could help guide departed loved ones to the afterlife. Some believed the colours represented the beauty and warmth of the Sun and offered the power to resurrect.
  • In more recent times, the flowers have been linked to optimism and prosperity, cheer and joy, love and strong emotions, wealth and success. The flower has also been connected with death and grief. 
  • In Buddhism, marigolds are used to worship Buddha, while in Hinduism, the flowers are associated with the Sun and used in marriage celebrations.
  • It was once thought that marigolds could provide protection while crossing a river and from being hit by lightning.
  • The ancient Greeks and Romans used marigolds for medicinal purposes, to dye fabrics, and create cosmetics.
  • In medieval times, marigolds were thought to be a treatment for the plague.
  • Used to treat rashes, burns, and wounds, marigolds have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

The Marigold in History

The marigold is a prominent element in Day of the Dead rituals, which originated in Mexico. Marigolds have been cultivated in Mexico for more than 2,000 years and are used to make floral arches, garlands, wreaths, and crucifixes. The flowers decorate gravesites and home altars, known as ofrendas. Thought to attract the souls of the dead, the bright colours and smells of marigolds are used to create a path from a home’s front door to the ofrenda inside.

Marigolds in the Garden
Marigolds not only provide consistent colour throughout the growing season, but their distinct smell can repel pests like deer and rabbits, making them great companion plants. They attract butterflies and songbirds, as well as beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, hoverflies, and parasitic wasps.

Marigolds prefer well-draining soil and can tolerate drought conditions more than overly wet soil. They grow and bloom best in full sun.

Often wider than they are tall, marigold plants can grow up to 2 feet tall, although some varieties, including African marigolds, will grow taller.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the colourful Marigold
Above details taken from article here

You may also like to read this post about 'Some Foods In Season During October' which also has some recipe suggestions - please see here

You will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan


Tom said...

...I enjoy marigolds, but not how they smell.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Interesting facts about the marigold!

My name is Erika. said...

Funny, I'm not a big marigold fan, but I certainly will look at them differently now. Happy October 4th.

Elephant's Child said...

Pretty things - much nicer I think than Calendulas. Thanks for the information.

J.P. Alexander said...

Lindas flores te mando un beso.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Lovely article
Marigolds are a favorite flowee.
Years ago in another life, I had a fence along our driveway line with marigolds. It was a spring ritual to get the flats and plant the flowers.

Jeanie said...

I love marigolds but don't know much about them. So thanks for this -- I know a lot more now!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I knew marigolds repelled pests, but not the other information. Nicely put together, Jan.

Margaret D said...

Thanks for the information on the month..interesting Jan.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

I love marigolds, they also grew in my garden this year. It is October and the garden is already prepared for frost and winter. Everything is already cleaned up.
The pumpkin is also already hidden in the pantry. There was a frost a few days ago and it could have frozen her.
Have a nice sunny October:)

roentare said...

So interesting to learn that marigold is used to worship Buddha

New Release Books said...

I love marigolds but had no idea it was connected to death in some way! I plant it around my veges to keep the white flies away.

eileeninmd said...

The Marigolds look so pretty.
Happy October!
Take care, have a great day!

Valerie-Jael said...

I love these flowers, and had an aut called Marigold. Have a wonderfucl October, hugs, Valerie

happyone said...

Pretty and colorful flowers and have planted them often.
Nice reading all about them.
Thanks for the info.

Christine said...

I saw a lovely bunch of marigolds on my walk yesterday

CJ Kennedy said...

I always enjoy the fun facts you find.

Bill said...

They look so pretty. Have a great month of October.

Divers and Sundry said...

I have cosmos for the first time this year. I hope they do ok during the winter...

Lisabella Russo said...

I love marigolds, thank you for the information on them.

Conniecrafter said...

Wow who knew all that marigolds had going for them, quite a few years back we planted a whole lot of them it was very pretty, we have since moved, you wonder if others have kept them :)
My friend planted them all around her garden this year, I will have to ask her if it kept the pest away.

Teresa said...

Cuando era niña fue una de la flores que plantaba mi madre y siempre le he tenido cariño. Las he plantado alguna vez, pero hace tiempo que no, volveré a plantarlas por todo lo que nos cuentas, es la flor de mi mes, nací el 13 de octubre. Un abrazo.

baili said...

Delightful sharing my friend
loved learning about Marigolds that accompanied me throughout the life whenever garden was around :)
i believe they remind Sunlight more

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J.P. Alexander said...
Lindas flores te mando un beso

Cute flowers I send you a kiss

Teresa said...
Cuando era niña fue una de la flores que plantaba mi madre y siempre le he tenido cariño. Las he plantado alguna vez, pero hace tiempo que no, volveré a plantarlas por todo lo que nos cuentas, es la flor de mi mes, nací el 13 de octubre. Un abrazo

When I was a child it was one of the flowers that my mother planted and I have always been fond of it. I have planted them once, but it has not been a long time, I will plant them again for everything you tell us, it is the flower of my month, I was born on October 13. A hug.

William Kendall said...

More information than I could have known.