8.23.2011

White Marigolds

I have always had a penchant for pink and white flowers in my garden, from the roses to the daisies, with the soft greens and blues of the hydrangeas mixed in.

Marigolds with their strong colors of yellow and orange, were never my favorite and I only had used the French variety mixed in with my vegetable plants. These hardy flowers are a native to Mexico and Central America and also thought to have been bred for religious reasons. They have a strong, pungent odor and the little veggie munching critters do not love the scent. And then I heard about the white marigold!  Using my friend Google, I searched, found, and ordered them, eagerly waiting in anticipation for them to arrive.  I was truly dismayed.  There were only about 25 seeds in the package and had I sneezed they would have been lost. The price of the few seeds along with a not so friendly shipping charge left something to be desired.  I did a little research and learned how the recipe for the white zinnias had been elusive and sought after for many years, hence the high price for a few seeds (but not the shipping :).

But I did love the results.  Although not true white, having a hint of soft moonlight yellow, they are stately, elegant, and beautiful with no strong aroma.  The blooms are full, 2-3" across, and will last up until frost. For the wedding party, I plan to plant white mums to go along side white pumpkins (if I can find them). Coupled with the soft white marigolds, it should be very pretty.  I would love to gift any of my readers some seeds from the Vanilla Marigolds.  Just let me know in your comment and as soon as they have dried I will get them to you.  Enjoy and have a great week. xoxo

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28 comments :

Lisa said...

Oh how beautiful! I love white flowers and the glow they lend to the garden in the evening especially. Gotta catch up, I see a wedding reference. FYI, for the fall wedding here I used the white pumpkins from Michaels, worked like a charm!

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

Love the look of the white marigold. I just may have to add them to my white garden next year.

Margaret Cloud said...

These are truly beautiful flowers and thank you yes, I would like a few seeds maybe next year I may succeed in growing flowers. Have a nice week and I am sure you will be hunting vintage.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

They are so pretty. They are going on my Spring list for 2012:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Jeannine said...

The white marigolds are lovely. As I don't plant vegies, I hardly ever plant marigolds. These less scented ones would be great to try.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

your marigolds are lovely! I especially love the white ones....mais oui! :)

"Merci" for stopping by my blog and for leaving such kind compliments. I am happy to meet you!

Blondie's Journal said...

lynn...these are really beautiful! Did you plant them right in the ground or did you start them indoors? I would be thrilled to have some of the seeds. Thanks for being so kind!

Xo,
Jane

Tete said...

This really excites me, Lynn! I have never seen these before and I love, love, love them. I so want them in my gardens next year!
Lovely photos, girl!

anniegaprons said...

Lynn, I'd LOVE to try a few of your precious Vanilla Marigold seeds in our CA garden! They're luscious.
ox,
Annie

thestonerabbit said...

Aren't you a sweetie pie? I've never heard of white marigolds...and would be very, very honored to have a few of those precious seeds of yours!

Did you feel the Earth move beneath your feet today? Wow...what an afternoon. The stock market was rockin' and rollin' and so was the East coast! Hope all is well with you!

L, Dana

MoeWest said...

I've never seen white marigolds before. They are very pretty. I would love it if you could send me a few seeds. White flowers look so nice in the garden, especially in the evening.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

First, did you feel the earthquake? My son said he had no idea what was going on , he thought a gas line had ruptured! I love your marigolds, but I have no green thumb and do not know if they would grow here. It was so sweet that your son knew you would like satin hangers and saved them for you!

Carol

jojo said...

I don't usually like marigolds as I am not a 'yellow' person but these white ones are just darling. I didn't know they came in white. Definately going on my list for next season...

Miss Gracie's House said...

I did not know there are white marigolds...learn something new everyday :)...they are very pretty!
Rene

ImSoVintage said...

Gorgeous. I too have never been a fan of marigolds. These have made me rethink.
Laura

Lynn said...

I had no idea! I don't think I'll try them here, though. We have a lot of deer. Do deer like marigolds?

Shirley said...

if you have to use a white spray paint on a pumpkin to see if it works..would be the fastest way to get what you need..I love white marigolds..I love any flower white..hope you get the look you want..

Darla said...

Thought I was the only one! I posted the not so white marigold too!

Komali Nunna said...

I never heard of White marigolds. I would love to plant in my California garden. Thanks for teaching me something new.

Jann Olson said...

Love your whit Marigolds! I have planted the pale yellow ones before and quite liked them. These are even more stunning. I am a new follower, but would love a few seeds if you don't mind sharing. The wedding will be stunning with the mums and pumpkins. I always love throwing a few white ones in my Fall decor.

Jann Olson said...

Ha-ha, I am such a dufus!! I have been a follower for a while now. Thought I was, but didn't see me at first. Had a blonde moment I guess.

Leann said...

How cool are they? I've never heard about them or seen them - so pretty!

Leann

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I love the color, they are such a creamy, rich white

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Just beautiful ! but then your whole "homestead" is a little paradise.
I'm still kickin' but with a little less vigor than usual LOL...

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Bette Baker said...

I am sure the white marigold seeds are gone,just wanted to tell you funny story about them.
We live a few blocks from a middle school and every year they have a plant sale. I paid a premo price for a few white marigold plants. I planted them and waited anxiously for the white never before seen blooms. They turned out more orange than I had ever seen. Oops! Yours are lovely anyway. Thanks for sharing.

Kim, USA said...

OMG!! I am crazy over marigolds and when I see your link at faded charm I run here like crazy. I hope I have at least 12 seeds left, I promise I will not sneeze ^_^ Happy Wednesday!

Kim USA

Sue said...

Lynn, I am jumping with joy at your offer of a few seeds! I'm just now getting into this gardening thing, having always had a bit of a brown thumb. I love seeing everyone else's flowers, so why not have some of my own? These white marigolds are gorgeous- like their vanilla hue a lot! Thanks for your offer. hugs, Sue

Miss Les said...

I have had white marigolds in the past - maybe 15 yrs ago - and I'm trying to find different varieties. If you still have some seeds available - I would be very interested. I'm in Fla until end of April and then southern Wisc. thru Oct. I am looking and looking for dwarf white marigolds also, but I don't think they exist yet. Thank you.

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