October birth flower

2016-10-05 06:00


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MARIGOLDS, one of the hardiest plants around, are the birth flower for October. Its intense yellow, gold or orange flower is said to be the symbol of passion and creativity. These flowers have been used for many purposes throughout history. In ancient times they were used for everything from healing ailments, dyeing fabric, creating cosmetics to seasoning food.

In Medieval England, the flowers and leaves of the marigold, combined with ground eggshells, were added to heated ale and drunk as a treatment for the plague.

Marigolds are natural insect repellents - the strong scent is said to keep aphids away in a vegetable garden and a pot in the house will keep flies and mosquitos away.

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