Calendula--which we used to call marigolds--are happy flowers, like petalled sunshine. And they are friendly flowers, keeping bugs away from the vegetable garden.
I have happy memories of planting their large, curly seeds by sticking a twig or pencil into the earth to make a hole and then dropping them in, one by one, in the border of my parents' garden in Syston, at the house at the top of Albert Street. I wonder if they are still self-seeding there?
I think this is called Jacob's Ladder? It's growing in the Japanese garden and is very pretty.