by John Yeo
THURSDAY 7th MAY 2020
The above photograph is a week old photograph of me working on the allotment. It looks as if I’m removing some Marigolds. I like having the colour and continuity of Marigolds as well as the fact they have a useful function of deterrence.
Apparently Marigolds attract hoverflies who love eating the aphids that breed ferociously and love eating our Brassicas. Some of these English Marigolds look beautiful and brighten up the allotment. However they self seed profusely and spread widely and wildly, consuming all the water and nourishment that the food plants need.
I always think Marigolds look a lot like the Dandelions we treat as weeds on the allotment and remove without hesitation. On impulse I looked up both on the internet and came up with this interesting fact..
‘The largest family of flowering plants is the ubiquitous sunflower family (Asteraceae or Compositae). … Familiar common names, such as daisies, Marigolds, zinnias, gazanias, chrysanthemums, Dandelions, thistles, ragweeds, sagebrush, cosmos and dahlias all belong to this family.’
Dandelions are also quick to spread and use any available space and resources. I guess this is one meaning of the old adage. ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
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