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Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:08

Just asked my French colleague why they are called 'French Marigold' here is his answer:

'It comes from the Antilles – and in France is called Indian marigold because les Antilles were previously called the- orientates indies - ??

Here it is called French Marigold because French growers have worked the plants for centuries and developed many subspecies of it.'

Everyday a school day


Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:46

Thanks Mike for your reassurance. My wife likes 'Queen Sofia' she make a nice display out the front with her 'Crystal Palace' lobelia.

I grow 'Motely Crew' around the back. No, that's not a new variety, it's all the seeds I have collected over the years. You never know what you are going to get!

Viva la French Marigold, to the tune of La Marseillaise 

Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 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

Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 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.

Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 20:27

Hi KT53. perhaps I'm not holding it down enough. I'll be getting it out again in the spring so I'll give it another try. Its a good cleaner though

Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 19:57

I bought a Karcher last year, with the attachment for cleaning patio's that looks like a metal detector. Brilliant, The only thing I found was the amount of water left behind. I found myself sweeping the excess water off the patio down the drive. Also you get really filthy! You can look like a dirt bike rider afterwards.

If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 19:46

If you know who the cat(s) belong to, collect the mess in a plastic bag and take it round to them, saying, 'I think this is your property!' They obviously paid for the cat food, so, logically the by-product is theirs!

Lilly Help

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 16:37

OK, thanks for that, I'll just have to wait and see.

Lilly Help

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 15:04

Hi All

to cut a long story short, towards the end of last summer when the lilies finished flowering, I moved it in it's pot and by accident snapped the steam off!  

I know you are supposed to wait until it turns black before cutting the steam, will this accidental decapitation affect it for this year?

'Chelsea Chop' winter pansies and violas

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:33

Thanks artjak, I'll continue to look after them

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