The first marigold

When I adopted DG’s young marigold plants a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be a while before I saw any flowers. However, I was thrilled last week to see the first bud appear…

The first marigold bud!

A few days later, the flower finally opened…

What a little drop of sunshine!

The bloom is smaller than I expected it to be – only about 1.5cm across – but it’s cheerful colour and pretty petals certainly don’t disappoint. Would I like to have patches of these flowers in the garden? Definitely! But, I learned through hard experience that snails love the young plants, so I have to jealously nurture these babies until they’re bigger and stronger. Unfortunately, I also have another foe – heat. I’ve lost some adoptees to the dry weather we had in the last weeks. It’s going to be an uphill battle, but I’ll try it … once. :|

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