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Calendula – October’s Flower

The birth flower for October is Calendula, a herb also known as Pot Marigold. This is an incredibly versatile edible plant and has been used in many ways over the years.

Tom Sharples, Suttons Horticultural Manager has this to say about Calendula. “Often known as the Pot marigold, a reference to its use in cooking. The edible petals can be used fresh in salads or dried and used to colour cheeses. Often used a substitute to saffron for colouring. In Germany it’s used in soups and in the Middle East in a lot of traditional dishes.” Calendula has also been used as a yellow dye, dried and used as tea and used in creams and ointments to heal wounds and to sooth sore skin.

Calendula is an easy to grow hardy annual (HA) which means it will tolerate spring sowing for June to September flowering or can be sown in August/September to flower the following May/July. The seeds can be sown direct outside in the garden where they are flower. Although they prefer full sun calendula will grow in partial shade and will benefit from regular dead-heading.

In our 2016 range we offer a choice of 8 different varieties:

Calendula Daisy MixCalendula Apricot Pygmy
– Dwarf plants
– Extra-large double blooms
– Height 25cm

 Calendula Daisy Mix
– Brightly coloured flowers
– Ideal for pots and summer bedding
– Height 20cm

Calendula Lemon Zest
– Silvery-lemon blooms
– Lon-blooming
– Dwarf, branching and quick growing
– Height 20cm

 

Calendula Lemon Zest

 

Calendula Neon
– Orange petals with bronze tips
– Ultra-double flowers
– Height 50-70cm

Calendula Orange King
– Enormous double bright orange flowers
– Long flowering
– Height 45cm

Calendula Pink Surprise
– Salmon-pink flowers with a touch of delicate orange
– Fully double blooms
– Height 45cm

 

 

Calendula Porcupine

Calendula Porcupine
– Unusual spikey flowers with quilled petals
– Blooms up to first frosts
– Height 45cm

Calendula Princess Mix
– Double blooms with quilled central petals
– Ideal for cutting
– Height 60-70cm

 

No matter in which month you celebrate your birthday most gardens will be enhanced by the inclusion of at least one variety of Calendula.

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Our Suttons Blog comes from Lis Wallace, Head of Customer Service here at Suttons since 2002. Living on the edge of Dartmoor Lis has a large and “somewhat tricky” garden split across several levels but with the bonus of a stream tumbling through and a large, fertile veg patch.

Across the blog Lis will share some of the knowledge she has gained over the years from her father, from working at Suttons and also from her own trial and error. Storm the Jack Russell is bound to chip in now and then. That’s what terriers do!

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