Charming Calendula

by Cari Balbo

The Bangor Daily News posted my latest piece today, this one on calendula.


I love calendula for its color (in the garden, kitchen, and dried in the apothecary), its many skin benefits, and its long-blooming season.


We've just passed the half-way point between summer solstice and autumn equinox. The calendula in my garden began blooming in early June and should continue into the fall. As the days get incrementally shorter and the evenings grow chillier, the calendula will remind me of these warm days of summer. When I begin to worry about the coming winter, calendula will help me remember that summer will always return.