Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Hardy Annual


Respect the flower

marigold frosty-1

Will someone remind me next spring, to plant a big swath of marigolds. This year I’ve had a few growing amongst the herbs and over the last few weeks their zesty colour has been a  real tonic, call it greed, but next year I want more. This morning it was a chilly –2.7C and they are still hanging in there. Go marigolds go.

We’ve had a dusting of snow today, no drama.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Hardy Annual

  1. Terrific photo! Despite the frosts there were still just a few rather ragged looking ones on the plot last week. Like you I intend growing even more next year. xx

  2. The poor things are probably frozen stiff and mummified. Drop one and it will shatter like glass! It makes me shudder to look at it!

    OK, yes, nice photo… 🙂

    It reminds me why I’m glad I no longer live “up north” [drawing shawl about his shoulders with crabby fingers].

  3. Marigolds are supposed to repell insect pests — you could border your veggie plot with them. Currently here at nearly midnight it’s 26F(-3.3C) and supposed go down to a low of 17F(-8.3C) but the sun was out today and there was only a little wind. Since the humidity is currently 31%, I doubt we will have much if any frost tomorrow morning. My tootsies are rather cold at the moment.

  4. Four inches and still snowing and with its side kick Black Ice. Hope the forecasters are wrong and the wind does not change from North East to North.

    I love the photo of the marigold and every year I try to grow them – successfully – not yet, but I keep on trying. My Grandfather grew them in every patch where he had planted vegetables.

  5. Lovely photo.

    I want to plant marigolds next year too. I forgot to plant them this year.

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  7. I shall do the same. Thanks for the idea.

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