My marigolds are blooming again after being dormant all summer.

Dallas, Texas
October 22, 2015 9:42pm CST
I find that planting flowers in Texas requires some manner of watering and shade. As it gets too hot for many plants in the mid July and end of August, when temperatures soar up to 110 by late afternoon. I noticed that such flowers as the marigold, just don't like it hot. They are very attractive flowers with a terrible smell that helps keep squirrels from eating my tomatoes and jalapenos when these plants are close to harvest time. The cooler temperatures are favored by my few flowering plants and I think they are probably more likely to be flourishing in upper states where milder temperatures, in the 80's most of summer are the highs. But Texas, especially Dallas, being a heat island in the summer months, is just too darn hot for certain so called native flowers like my marigolds.
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@LadyDuck (175667)
• Switzerland
23 Oct 15
I like the marigolds, I always plant them early in Spring and they last until the end of October, even mid November. This year they are still in bloom.
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• Dallas, Texas
23 Oct 15
I bet yours look a lot better than mine. I think the summer heat this year around, was too hot for them. I water them all but I guess they begin to bloom in fall because they just do better in milder temperatures. I would guess they would love it in Indiana in the summer time.
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@LadyDuck (175667)
• Switzerland
24 Oct 15
@lookatdesktop Your country is so much hotter than Switzerland, we had a couple of hot weeks, but no more.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Oct 15
Tell us more about the flowers that chase squirrels away. Squirrels ate our (probably drought-doomed anyway) garden this Summer.
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• Dallas, Texas
23 Oct 15
The marigold plant just plain stinks. Squirrels are a little less likely to invade your plants that way but you would have to plant them all around and I would sometimes use dried pepper flakes. They really don't like pepper flakes. They, the squirrels have a good sense of smell. Their noses are always face down in the dirt, looking for acorns.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Oct 15
@lookatdesktop I tried the dried cayenne pepper and it didn't work (it worked for awhile). I may try marigolds next Spring.
@DeborahDiane (23714)
• Laguna Woods, California
24 Oct 15
I used to plant marigolds when we lived in Texas. They looked so cute at the base of my shrubs. Sorry you guys have had such a hot summer.