French Marigold

French marigold is a rather wonderful little flower. Despite its name, it comes from Mexico, and is known for the velvety texture of its gold and red flower petals. Its popularity with gardeners renders its presence in beds a little predictable, but it is certain to add a deep colour to any planting scheme. One of its other benefits is its role in ‘companion planting’. Its root secretions are believed to kill nematodes in the soil and it is said to deter white flies on tomatoes. One will therefore find it also in greenhouses, not for its rich hues, but its pesticidal utility.  

May the Christian combine the wondrous beauty of the heavenly Prince whose royal dignity he increasingly reflects, with the helpful service and practicality of the Servant King in whose employment he is found.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honour, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-22, New King James Version.