I am not a huge lover of growing flowers. I do like them of course, and I love cut flowers in the house, even if they are just stuck in a glass they make a room look loved.
A few months ago though, it occurred to me that I didn't really have any at all in the garden, and that if I wanted some, I was going to have to Make An Effort.
So I chose to plant marigolds. They are all from seed, so I am quite chuffed with them. As I really didn't care about them at the time, I just threw them on the garden here and there, in and amongst the vegetables. Most of them ended up growing around the lettuce, but there are a few near some beans and cauliflower too.
I chose marigolds for a few reasons; they are reputed to repel nematodes and other garden pests, and you can eat the flowers too, they look really pretty in salads. But mostly I grew them because I see them in vegetable gardens everywhere, and they make me feel like I'm a proper gardener.