The humble little English marigold ( Calendula) is one of my favourites, the stalwart of a sunny spot in the garden.
I grow a batch in the greenhouse to get a head start and have early flowers, they’re also less likely to be eaten by slugs when planted out as little plants. They can be grown on a window-sill if you don’t have the luxury of a greenhouse.
The Calendula seedlings are in the foreground, I sowed these about two weeks ago and I’ll plant them out in the garden in a couple of weeks time. During the next few days I’ll also sow seeds directly into the soil outside in the garden.
Given the right condition of sun and well-drained soil they’ll flower for months on end as long as you remember to pinch off the dead flowers before they produce seeds. They can be grown in pots if you don’t have the right soil conditions.
They make a lovely cut flower posy too.
I hope that this inspires you to plant some seeds and enjoy watching them grow during the summer.
images: Jill Anderson.