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Welcome! As "Annie in Austin" I blog about gardening in Austin, TX with occasional looks back at our former gardens in Illinois. My husband Philo & I also make videos - some use garden images as background for my original songs, some capture Austin events & sometimes we share videos of birds in our garden. Come talk about gardens, movies, music, genealogy and Austin at the Transplantable Rose and listen to my original songs on YouTube. For an overview read Three Gardens, Twenty Years. Unless noted, these words and photos are my copyrighted work.
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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Mexican Mint Marigold

This is the Mexican Marigold/Tagetes lucida photo that would not show up in the last post. There's a Lavender behind it, with an old Rosemary plant in bloom in the background. All three of them are in the gravel herb bed, right outside the patio door, and all three have fragrant leaves. Even if you don't cook or make lavender sticks, these herbs are worth growing for the sensual pleasure of brushing your hands across them as you go past, releasing the fragrances.

Hallelujah - now I can go to bed.


  1. Nice photo, Annie. And that is a wonderfully good-smelling combination.

  2. Thanks for the photo. I have tasted Mexican mint marigold at the nurseries, but have never cooked with it. One of these days I will.

  3. Nice. I've been wondering about this stuff. Thanks.

  4. I have one of the perennial marigolds, but I'm not sure which one. Yours is beautiful! I used to have some wonderful lavendars in pots, but we had a very rainy season a year or so ago, and they all rebelled. This spring I need to start some again - I miss them.

  5. I like the sound of that fragrant combination and am imagining brushing my hands over them. Mmmm. I'm hoping the lavender I planted in the garden this summer will survive the winter and grow into a nice big bush next year. Those are pretty marigolds. I've never thought to use the leaves to flavor food.

  6. Hi Pam/Digging and Pam in SC, and hello Gary & CountyClerk!

    I'm not sure how hardy this perennial marigold would be - even in our Zone 8 the whole top dies off, and it has to resprout from the roots in spring.

    The flavor would not fool a gourmet, I suppose, but in a soup or Chicken salad it's close enough to make me happy!

    Kerri, thanks for popping in on different posts! I hope your lavender makes it, too - in Illinois it was chancy, but one was planted where there was a lot of gravel under the ground, probably from when the sidewalk was made - that plant lived through some bad winters!


  7. Another lovely plant I won't be able to grow in zone 5! Ah, to dream.

  8. What a gorgeous marigold! I love the simplicity of the flowers, and yellow is my favorite flower color! And they are perenial?
    I wonder if they are as easy to grow as the common marigolds sold everywhere?

  9. Nice to see something bright and cheery. Almost everything here has shriveled and died.

  10. Salix, this variety is a perennial - bought as small plants in the herb section of a local nursery. I'm pretty sure they need heat and a long season. The regular Marigolds don't always do well here - I've had them rot once summer's heat & humidity kicks in.

    Ki, we watched things shrivel all summer - this is planting time in Austin!

  11. I visited Austin several years ago and it was indeed a different climate almost tropical in feel. I was greeted by dozens of blackbirds with a sort of olivine color sitting on the lamp posts and wires all looking straight up in the air. I thought it was a different species of bird because of this behavior but no - very strange - I've not seen this before.

    I did visit the botanical gardens, the one where the guy built the whole thing of many acres himself. Very impressive. Didn't get to see the bats tho.


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