Rescued Marsh Marigolds

Marsh Marigolds

I noticed some Marsh Marigolds growing in the ditch of the dirt road that runs down the side of the farm. I also knew that the road, which was in rough shape where it slopes down to the creek, was due for some grading from the municipality. So I dug up the clump that was furthest into the road, divided it into four, and potted it up. I should have taken more. Re-visiting after the road work, I notice some of the clumps in the ditch had been uprooted, dragged, and partially covered with gravel. I rescued the roots and potted them.

In the feature photo you can see the original four, in large pots at the back, blooming beautifully. I plan to keep these to collect seeds. The plants in front are in rough shape. A few may recover in time for this year’s sales. Most won’t be salable till next year, if they recover at all.

By Trish Murphy

Artist: botanical, still life, and natural history illustration. Garden designer: native plants and naturalistic gardens

2 comments

  1. Good for you for rescuing the wild flowers. I remember such lovely drifts of wildflowers- buttercups,pussy willows, cornflowers, wild prunes , etc all gone. Between the road work , road allowance cutting, sprays for wild parsnip, and farmers clear cutting to the road there are very few wild flowers. No wonder bees, butterflies and bird populations are dramatically dropping.😢

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