I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!
Today’s flower I’m sharing is calendula. I’ve been growing this for about 3 years now as it’s super easy to grow from seed.
Calendula is a member of the daisy family and very similar to marigold. It’s also known as “pot marigold”.
Uses: I like to use mine in the bath, for tea, and for making infused oil. The flowers are medicinal and have super healing powers. They’re antiviral, fight cancer, heal ulcers, and have so many health benefits.
Scientific name: Calendula
Higher classification: Calenduleae
Where I live these are an annual and must be planted fresh every year. Collecting the seed is very simple and you can collect a handful of seeds in just a matter of minutes. As soon as the flower head dries you can collect and store the seed.
Here are some of my seedlings that I have growing. Again, I just over seed these and transplant out into separate containers when they get larger.
I haven’t posted a lot this week because we have puppies in the house again and with everything else, I’ve just been so busy. Cynder had her second (and final) litter on April 2nd, giving birth to eight beautiful little babies!
They’re all healthy and growing well. We did have a few runts that were very small and weak in the litter. We had to help these two by bottle feeding for a few days, but they all seem to be doing well now.
Four of the pups are over-sized and look just like Bowie and Winston. I’ll be sure to post a longer update next week and share lots of photos!! Here’s a little video for you to enjoy for now. They are definitely little noisemakers.
I hope everyone’s excited for the weekend! See you next week and thanks for checking out Flower Friday!