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30/01/2014 at 16:26

If French Marigolds were to hold a dinner party they would have prawn cocktails for starters and cherry trifle for desert. These were once the fashionable plants of the 70's. But were do they stand now? No mention in any gardening magazine articles. Yet these plants will with stand drought and flood. They self seed in abundance and are every so easy to germinate.

Apparently they have a scent that cats don't like and have been know to keep other nasty leaf munching insects away from other plants.

They are truly the 'Four Legged Friend' of the plant world, they will never let you down. I know this year will be the year of the Poppy, but lets not forget the French Marigold. I'll be sowing my four trays worth on the windowsills at the end of February.

KEF
30/01/2014 at 16:37

Don't really like them, but buy a few to put in GH to camouflage smell of tomatoes so less aphids.

30/01/2014 at 16:41

Hi Mark,

 I admit I don't really like French Marigolds buy I do plant them in the greenhouse with the tomatoes. They are supposed to keep whitefly away and I've never had it since .

30/01/2014 at 16:43

 Oh Kef  got in there first.

30/01/2014 at 16:46

Still like prawn cocktail and another 70's classic 'Black Forest Gateau'.

KEF
30/01/2014 at 16:49

PP partial to Black Forest G...do any plants smell like it?  I wonder. Chocolate cosmos not exactly there.

30/01/2014 at 17:13

I must admit I'm not too keen on French marigolds, but much prefer the 'pot' marigolds as they are more 'cottagey'. 

30/01/2014 at 17:16

I have the French Marigold plants every year...they self seed. They do add a touch of colour!!

30/01/2014 at 17:51

I am with Forester, I like Calendula [ pot marigolds ] they fit in very well in a hot border i have each year and have a long flowering season. I usually sow the seeds in a cold greenhouse in mid February.

30/01/2014 at 19:14

I much prefer the softer forms and colours of calendula than French marigolds and tagetes which, for me, have harsh, hard colours.   I receive a small tray of tagetes from a friend every year and plant them in the veggie plot to help ward off nasties.   They definitely don't fit in the rest of my garden.

30/01/2014 at 19:28

Me too  Pots in the greenhouse to keep the bugs away from the tomatoes - but nowhere else.  Haven't got any tank tops in the wardrobe either.

however, black forest gateaux ..... Now you're talking

30/01/2014 at 19:46

I really do not mind French Marigolds. I appreciate how easy they are to germinate and their splashes of colour that can last all summer. I am going to grow them this year.

30/01/2014 at 19:51

Hi All

Oh well my wife and I are in the minority then  We'll just enjoy them ourselves. Although from what you are saying that explains why the seeds were in the sale

Not long now till spring, have a good gardening weekend, weather permitting

30/01/2014 at 20:03

Nigella's black cherry chocolate trifle is delicious. Not a patch on the 70s version!

30/01/2014 at 20:08

Mark 1963 - Your garden is for you to enjoy, so well done you for sticking to what you and your wife like best and not what fashion dictates.  

30/01/2014 at 20:36
Forester2 wrote (see)

Mark 1963 - Your garden is for you to enjoy, so well done you for sticking to what you and your wife like best and not what fashion dictates.  

How true!

30/01/2014 at 20:48

love marigolds ,bright cheerie and useful,whats not to like.

30/01/2014 at 21:22

I love calendula, they grow everywhere and fill spaces in the summer.. what amazes me is seeing them in pots in posh garden centres for an exorbitant price.. when I pull up self seeded plants that are growing too close together! I might try French marigolds this year with my runner beans to keep off green fly, like my aunt did for years. 

30/01/2014 at 21:44

Am a new gardener so had to look these up. I think they look nice. I'll give anything a go in my garden, fashion be damned 

30/01/2014 at 21:48

I use them in the greenhouse and they're brilliant for keeping the greenfly away. Who gives a damn what's in fashion, I love the old varieties, veg included often enough, grow what you like and enjoy it!

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