What is the October Birth Flower?\n\n\n\nWhen we look at the month of October, several things come to mind. We may think of Halloween, carving pumpkins and leaves changing color. Every month of the year is represented by a flower. The flowers for October is the marigold and cosmos. \n\n\n\nWhat Are Some Facts About the Marigold?\n\n\n\nIt has a gold color.It\u2019s a Mediterranean plant.They can be white, yellow and gold\ncolor. Most stores carry them in an orange\ncolor.The 2 kinds of marigolds are the calendula\nand tagetes.Most people don\u2019t know that the calendula\ncan be eaten.Many civilizations have used the calendula\nfor herbal healing.Calendulas can become four inches in\nwidth. Marigolds are not difficult to nurture.They can be single and double blooms.Anyone that is into planting can grow\nMarigolds because they are easy to take care of.Marigolds are often given as gifts on\nsweetest day because it falls on October seventeenth of every year.Marigolds are used differently around\nthe world. The Greeks, Romans, Indians and Middle\nEasterners have used marigolds for medicine, changing clothing color, producing\nwomen\u2019s makeup and in food for taste.\n\n\n\n How Are Marigolds Looked At Around the World?\n\n\n\nIn the United States, marigolds are looked at as the passionate flower. It is also considered to be a flower that has originality on its side.\n\n\n\nDuring medieval\ntimes in England, the marigold flower was used to treat people sickened by the\nplague. The English would combine the\nmarigold flower and eggshells together. \nThe person that was ill would then drink this combination.\n\n\n\nIf you have ever\ntraveled to Asia (China, Japan, Korea), you will find that Asians use the\nmarigold blossoms to beautify spiritual sculptures. Marigolds are also used for burials and marriage\nceremonies. \n\n\n\nMexicans have used the marigold flower for centuries. They use them on celebrations such as Dia de los Muertos. Mexicans will often place the Marigolds on the tombs of those that have died. \n\n\n\nIf the person has a memorial inside of their home, they will often place the marigolds around the persons photo with a candle lit. Mexicans consider the marigold to be the driving force that brings their loved one to them. \n\n\n\nThey believe that the aroma from the marigold flower attracts the spirit to come to them. Therefore, many Mexican altars will include dolls from deceased children or watch, glasses and jewelry from those that have died.\n\n\n\n \n\n\n\nWhere\nElse Are Marigolds Used?\n\n\n\nMarigolds are consumed in salads and often dried to be used in seasonings.\n\n\n\nIf you live\nin an area where a lot of insects bother you, marigolds can help to ward off pests\nthat bother you. They don\u2019t like the\nscent of the marigold. Many agriculturalists\nwill use the marigold flower to keep mosquitos and other insects away from their\nplants. \n\n\n\nThe\nCosmos Are Another October Birth Flower\n\n\n\nWhen used in October, they are the\nbeacon of hope, and harmony.When people look at cosmos flowers,\nthey should feel harmony and peace. Because of their \u201chappy go lucky\u201d presence,\nMexicans called these flowers cheerful flowers. \nLooking at them will make you smile. These flowers come in a variety of\ncolors to include yellow, lavender, pink, red and orange. Many people often\nmistaken cosmos flowers for daisies. Some countries see cosmos flower as\nweeds because they are often seen growing in the wild.Cosmo flowers can be picked in the\nwild and put into a bottle. You can also find these in many florist shops\naround the world as well. These flowers require some maintenance,\nbut not a whole lot. They prefer to be in dry and hot weather. If you plan on growing cosmos flowers,\nits best to start planting them in autumn. \nThese flowers tend to grow fast.This bloom will develop into a twelve-inch\nflower. Always grow cosmos in bright\nsunlight. Putting them on a porch with a lot of shade will most likely kill the\nflower.Don\u2019t overwater these flowers. The power of the sun gives cosmos\ntheir unique colors.\n\n\n\nIn recent decades, people have been putting cosmos flowers next to their outside pumpkins and Halloween decorations. This is mainly because they blend in well with orange and seem to bring out the Halloween decorations. \n\n\n\nSome insects\nlove cosmos flowers. These include bees and butterflies. As every gardener knows, its good to have\nbutterflies and bees on your flowers. They help to fertilize the flowers. \n\n\n\nCosmos are not\na high upkeep flower. They are a lot\neasier to take care of because they don\u2019t require a lot of water and grow well\nin the sun. \n\n\n\nCosmos often\ngrow on their own every year. You may\nthink that they are dead, but then come back up again. Their seeds are often inexpensive. \n\n\n\nSome chefs in high end restaurants will use the cosmos flower in salads and other dishes. This is often done when the flower is grown organically. \n\n\n\nUnlike other\nflowers, dogs, cats and other animals don\u2019t seem to like messing with the\ncosmos flowers. Therefore, people often don\u2019t put up a fence around these\nflowers. \n\n\n\nIf you plan on putting these flowers in your home in a vase, they will last up to around 10 days. They survive much longer in the wild. However, they make a beautiful display on your dining room table. \n\n\n\nExample\nof How to Use Cosmos for Halloween:\n\n\n\nTake a bunch of cosmos flowers and\nplace a flowerpot inside of a pumpkin after you have carved out your eyes, nose\nand mouth. You will find that the cosmos\nsticking out of the pumpkin help to bring your pumpkin more to life. You can also set up a few cosmos\nflowerpots next to your statues of witches, black cats, window decorations and\nmuch more. \n\n\n\nYou will\nfind that there are many places in which you can place these flowers and still get\nsomething out of them. You will find\nthat your friends and family see your idea as being unique and October birth\nflower like. Yes, you can lead the way\nwith your wonderful creations.