Bring back flower fun into the floral garden with a packet of calendula seeds. The best way to appreciate calendula and observe their stunning attractiveness is to grow your own. Each blossom is unique unto itself and very useful for cutting. Calendula salves and lotions are made from this distinct group of historical flowers and possess healing qualities. (Ted Meseyton/Submitted photo)

Marvelous marigold

There are some hardy annual flowers that are almost embarrassingly easy to grow and calendula is among them.

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DEAR AMY: I am a stay-at-home mom, married to a Marine. I have made many friends who also have small children.

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