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W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm – Marigolds in a pot in my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)

Marigolds (Tagetes patula) are easy to grow and they help keep the away aphids. The relationship between plants and insects is known as ‘companion planting.’ and it’s by far the safest, natural way to garden organically.

Annual Marigolds can be used anywhere to deter beetles and many harmful insects. They are also known to repel harmful root knot nematodes (soil dwelling microscopic white worms) that attack tomatoes, potatoes, roses, and strawberries. The root of the Marigold produces a chemical that kills nematodes as they enter the soil. If a whole area is infested, at the end of the season, turn the Marigolds under so the roots will decay in the soil. You can safely plant there again the following spring. The flowers are hermaphrodite (having both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. They are noted for attracting wildlife. The leaves of the marigold are coated with oily glands that produce a pungent scent.

Did You Know? Marigolds, which are from the Aster family and the Calendula genus, were first discovered by the Portuguese in Central America in the 16th century.

Some interesting info :
In addition to colouring foods, yellow dye from the flowers is also used to colour textiles. The whole plant is harvested when in flower and distilled for its essential oil. The oil is used in perfumery; it is blended with sandalwood oil to produce ‘attar genda’ perfume. About 35 kilograms of oil can be extracted from 1 hectare of the plant (yielding 2,500 kg of flowers and 25,000 kg of herbage). The oil is also being investigated for antifungal activity, including treatment of candidiasis and treating fungal infections in plants
This info from Wikipedia

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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 2 years ago

    Goeiemôre! Groet die mooi blommetjies my!!

  • Ag, hoe lekker kry ek nou! Bly jy hou daarvan en dankie vir die fav Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    Very nice, Maree. I especially like the way you did the flowerpot.

  • Thanks for that Dot, and great that you added it to your favs!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Rina Greeff
    Rina Greeffover 2 years ago

    Lieflik, Maree – ek glo natuurlik ook die storie dat dié fraai blommetjies slange weghou!

  • Dankie Rina! Wel, ek kan sêek het al oral in my tuin slange gekry behalwe naby hierdie Afrikanertjies! Maar die wilde hase wat my tuin besoek lief om hulle te eet!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 2 years ago

    THANK YOU FOR SUBMITTING YOUR WORK TO The Tools Group 2 per day.

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 2 years ago

    Lovely image Maree, beautifully captured. We are surrounded by dead Christmas trees, dried up holly and little else!! Counting the weeks now until the first snowdrops appear what joy they bring. Alma x

  • Glad you like it Alma! Yea, cleaning up after Christmas is always quite a job! Hope you have your snow soon!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Laura  Knight
    Laura Knightover 2 years ago

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