Calendula is a hardy little plant. Not only has it begun popping up all over the yard, it's even sprung up in the front "garden" where everything else dies. Granted, our weather has been unseasonably mild, but it's still blooming even in December.
|Blooming on Dec 8|
Personally, I like calendula petals as garnishes, in salads, and on sandwiches. However, they also have medicinal uses as well. Some people steep them in oil to make salves or make tinctures with them. (Note: if using calendula for medicinal reasons, the more orange varieties are supposed to have greater potency.)
Anyway, I saved a few envelopes of seeds from them this year, which I plan to distribute freely in my yard and garden next spring. Who knows? Maybe even some "guerrilla gardening" will occur during my visits to various public parks and walks along the road. But don't tell anyone. It's a secret. Shhhh!
|A favorite with the ladies|