Cornflower ‘Black Ball’.

Thx to @ChrisHowell for this pic from his garden.
Thx to @ChrisHowell for this pic from his garden.

The Higgledys have grown Cornflowers in their cut flower patches since before the invention of the pickled onion, and Cornflower ‘Black Ball’ has always been a personal favourite of mine. ‘Black Ball’ is of course neither black nor is it a ball but it is a flower…so it’s not all lies.

All cornflowers have a simplicity that is hard to beat. They have excellent vase life if harvested just as they are opening. And bees and other pollinators love them.

Cornflowers and Karen Wells

I have found that sprinkling the edible flower petals on to pale pasta with Parmesan shavings makes people think I am a renaissance man, (when in truth I am more your Lager and Bargain Hunt sort of a chap.)

Cornflowers can be sown in Spring or in late August/Very early September. Thin plants to a hand span.

Dried slowly in a dark (but not depressing) place with good ventilation will result in the flowers keeping their colour.

Kind regards

Higgers.

Related post: How to grow cornflowers.