This is the first year I've grown Calendula. I love this plant. It wasn't in my garden until mid-summer because I had to order seeds and start them, but the flowers are coming on an they're lovely. Calendula was very popular through English history. The blossoms continue for most of the year (hence the name "calendula" from calendar). It has been promoted as a healing herb for the skin and is still widely used in creams and lotions today. The flowers are edible, the petals are very pretty and come in a range of reds to orange to yellow to white. All in all, it's just a lovely plant! Next year I hope to start earlier and plant many more.
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Historical and Romance Writer, Amateur Herbalist, and Seeker of adventure, new knowledge and all things good!
Hobbies? I've adored cats all my life. I came to love Shakespeare when I was introduced to him in college. I developed an interest in herbs when a dear friend was diagnosed with cancer. I learned about the complex politics of Shakespeare's world when another friend gave me a book, "Shadow Play," by Clare Asquith.