Category Archives: Customer’s Pics

Punter’s Pics! 8th June 2016.

A big thank you to all who share their pics of their Higgledy Flower Patches on Twitter and Facebook…it’s much appreciated by me and the community as a whole.

@takako Twitter
@takako Twitter

Takako’s balcony garden in Tokyo. “Hello from cornflowers and my new red thong Japanese sandals for summer.” …you mean Flip Flops my dear! 😉 Lovin’ your cornflower skills.

@ChrisHowell Twitter.
@ChrisHowell Twitter.

Chris is the flower king of the midlands. Here we see him free stylin’ with Hesperis. (You can sow Hesperis in June and July by the way)

Biennials Collection

@JaneWinter115
@JaneWinter115 Twitter

Jane says: “I am so pleased that you reminded us to plant seeds last autumn for a vibrant start to summer!” Thank YOU Jane…love this photo Eschscholzia ‘Orange KIng’ rocks…still time to make a late sowing too. ..and Purple Hesperis in the back there….proper ‘ansome.

@NaturalFavours Twitter
@NaturalFavours Twitter

“A happy riot of hesperis & ever reliable eschscholzia” Thanks to the good folk of Natural Favours for this one…Eschscholzia/Hesperis combo is clearly all the rage up country this season. 873 extra points. (Hope business is good for you this year.)

@SemarkJ Twitter
@SemarkJ Twitter

” looking good ! Now where did I put the beans ??” …who cares about the beans when you have this combo of ‘Ivory Castle & Orange King’…First class gold medal and 465 extra points. #TeachersPet 😉

@HannahKelly
@HannahKelly

“Foxgloves going great guns!” Indeed they are Hannah…but because of your cheeky honed horti skills….11 out of 10 for Foxy success.

@RoseMcKerrell Twitter
@RoseMcKerrell Twitter

Rose takes blinding photos….so looking forward to her pics this year. Rose says “the orange king are looking great as well lovely big blooms- all sown last autumn”. Good show…Autumn sowing can be hit and miss…but you seem to do rather well at the game.

@PennyDommett
@PennyDommett

“When you said your sweet peas had long straight stems I didn’t imagine them THIS long!! Amazing!” Thanks Penny…these are really long stems…longer than I seem to get from my own plants. #Winner

@Caniscanenes Twitter
@Caniscanenes Twitter

“Foxgloves and hesperis setting the “woodland” scene.” …and splendid it is too….cracking blend of plants all having a splendid time…and who can blame ’em.

Thanks again for sharing your photos…please keep them coming. I shall post up as many as I can.

Kind regards

Benjamin Higgledy

 

Cornflowers.

Thanks for this one Majorie Morrison...this pic demonstrates what an intense colour cornflowers can have.
Thanks for this one Majorie Morrison…this pic demonstrates what an intense colour cornflowers can have.

Higgledy Flower School 2016. #17. Cornflowers.

Emma Abrew's cornflower meadow...I bet the bees were having kittens......well...you know what I mean...
Emma Abrew’s cornflower meadow…I bet the bees were having kittens……well…you know what I mean…

I asked some friendly folk from the Higgledy community on Facebook if they would share some of their Cornflower photos from the summer. Many thanks to those that did…I have posted most of them up here.

Elaine Smitheman grew these flowers for her daughter's wedding...how cool is that! ...Some Cornflowers among them...lovely!
Elaine Smitheman grew these flowers for her daughter’s wedding…how cool is that! …Some Cornflowers among them…lovely!

Cornflowers were made for the cutting patch…beautiful, prolific and easy peasy lemon squeesy to grow from seed.

Pearl Button photographed this delightful lot that were loitering in a council sown verge. Well done all...proper 'ansome.
Pearl Button photographed this delightful lot that were loitering in a council sown verge. Well done all…proper ‘ansome.

Cornflowers are hardy annuals and as such can be sown in either Autumn, for an earlier show in spring…with much larger plants…and also in the spring, for flowers from June. I sow during both of those periods. Autumn sown cornflowers can easily get to shoulder height by late May with a good warm spring.

Top Tips:

Mark Harrison grew this 'Classic Romantic' beauty..one of the three variety of Cornflowers that I stock in the shop.
Mark Harrison grew this ‘Classic Romantic’ beauty..one of the three variety of Cornflowers that I stock in the shop.

*You can sow in Autumn (I sow in September) and also in the spring…I don’t make a sowing until the soil warms up in April, but many folk sow in March and have good results. The seedlings can take a light frost so don’t worry yourselves on that front.

Faye Lane has managed to grow some mauve ones...well...I think they're mauve...I'm not totally sure what mauve is being that I have a limited 'bloke spectrum'.
Faye Lane has managed to grow some mauve ones…well…I think they’re mauve…I’m not totally sure what mauve is being that I have a limited ‘bloke spectrum’.

*It is super important to ensure that your cornflower bed is weed free before you sow…and make sure the bed gets lashings of lovely sunshine too.

More wedding flowers...this time grown by Julia Bliss...I've never seen that roses and cornflowers combo before...top banana!
More wedding flowers…this time grown by Julia Bliss…I’ve never seen that roses and cornflowers combo before…top banana!

*Cornflowers are happy in a poor soil and a free draining, poor soil is their Holy Grail.

Louise Hatfield has gone for all three varieties in this bed...that's what we like! Yeah!
Louise Hatfield has gone for all three varieties in this bed…that’s what we like! Yeah!

*I sow my seeds in straight drills about a foot apart.

Amanda Jarrett's cosy little patch...looking very warm and sheltered. Perfect.
Amanda Jarrett’s cosy little patch…looking very warm and sheltered. Perfect.

*Autumn sown cornflowers can get HUGE…so support can be a good idea….I lost hundreds of plants in a storm a few seasons ago.

Clearly an abundance of the critters in Penny Dommet's patch. I think I spy some Malope in the back there too.
Clearly an abundance of the critters in Penny Dommet’s patch. I think I spy some Malope in the back there too.

*Thin out your plants when they are a couple of inches tall to a spacing of about foot apart…perhaps a little less.

Good ole Mandy Wright causing some floral chaos with this mixed bunch...something for everyone in this lot. :)
Good ole Mandy Wright causing some floral chaos with this mixed bunch…something for everyone in this lot. 🙂

*Seedlings will happily transplant but best done when they are smaller than your thumb. (It’s my rule of thumb)

Thank you to Jan Bingley for this. You can see how the older blooms start to go pale. Cornflowers are best harvested just as they are starting to open. Don't forget you can dry them if you have too many.
Thank you to Jan Bingley for this. You can see how the older blooms start to go pale. Cornflowers are best harvested just as they are starting to open. Don’t forget you can dry them if you have too many.

*Cornflower Trivia: In the ye olden days way back yonder…young men in love would wear blue Cornflowers in their lapels…if the flowers faded then it was seen as a sign that their love would fade also…(In my experience they always fade!)

These were grown by Sally Geragharty...loving the Cosmos 'Purity' next door too...these flowers are wonderful together and both are simple to grow.
These were grown by Sally Geraghaty…loving the Cosmos ‘Purity’ next door too…these flowers are wonderful together and both are simple to grow.

*In some parts of Russia…the blue dye is extracted from cornflowers and used to dye Vodka blue.

Sharon Murphy has her bees well trained. Good show.
Sharon Murphy has her bees well trained. Good show.

Link To: The Higgledy Seed Shop.

What a handome bunch...grown by the good folk of 'Natural Favours' to be turned into confetti.
What a handsome bunch…grown by the good folk of ‘Natural Favours’ to be turned into confetti.

I hope this has been of some use to you if you haven’t grown cornflowers before…give them a go…you’ll love em!

Helen Bond's flowers....reliable as ever......roll on spring.
Helen Bond’s flowers….reliable as ever……roll on spring.
Last of all...a lovely silhouette...big thanks to Aurore Whitworth for this.
Last of all…a lovely silhouette…big thanks to Aurore Whitworth for this.

Kindest regards

Benjamin Higgledy

...oops...I nearly missed out this bucket of love from Annie Jenkins. This were her first harvest of least season.
…oops…I nearly missed out this bucket of love from Annie Jenkins. This was her first harvest of last season.

 

 

 

Sunday Night Picture Show.

Cosmos 'Sensation' grown by @plansandplants LOVE that colour!
Cosmos ‘Sensation’ grown by @plansandplants LOVE that colour!
Calendula grown by @10minutegardener in his flower field...(that I've   been camping in for three weeks)..simplicity itself...'ansome...
Calendula grown by @10minutegardener in his flower field…(that I’ve been camping in for three weeks)..simplicity itself…’ansome…
@luciehyndley cleverly persuading all her flowers away from the camera! ;)
@luciehyndley cleverly persuading all her flowers away from the camera! 😉
This cracking display was put together by the fair hand of @theJanShepherd Lovely wonky Godetia stems and Cosmos is always a winner. Good show...nicely lit too...(extra points)
This cracking display was put together by the fair hand of @theJanShepherd Lovely wonky Godetia stems and Cosmos is always a winner. Good show…nicely lit too…(extra points)
Beautiful Briza grass as photographed by @carolinereading. Briza is a very useful chap in the cutting garden...and one I have found very hard to photograph myself...so if Caroline allows I shall steal this image from time to time. #PrettyPlease
Beautiful Briza grass as photographed by @carolinereading. Briza is a very useful chap in the cutting garden…and one I have found very hard to photograph myself…so if Caroline allows I shall steal this image from time to time. #PrettyPlease
Scabiosa 'Back In Black'...another great photograph from @RoseMckerrell's cutting patch.
Scabiosa ‘Back In Black’…another great photograph from @RoseMckerrell’s cutting patch.
Splendiferous Nigella...another from @carolinereading. :)
Splendiferous Nigella…another from @carolinereading. 🙂

 

Doesn't get much more cheery than this! :) Thanks to Pat Stone.
Doesn’t get much more cheery than this! 🙂 Thanks to Pat Stone.
@lindastantonart Photographed this bee having a jolly time on a Helichrysum...and why shouldn't he....
@lindastantonart Photographed this bee having a jolly time on a Helichrysum…and why shouldn’t he….
Tatako's balcony in Tokyo continues to do well...here are some of her Scabiosa. Thank you Takako. :)
Tatako’s balcony in Tokyo continues to do well…here are some of her Scabiosa. Thank you Takako. 🙂
...and finally from the delightful @spookychews...a wonderful vase which has some rather dashing looking Nicotiana 'Sensation' in it. #Cracking!
…and finally from the delightful @spookychews…a wonderful vase which has some rather dashing looking Nicotiana ‘Sensation’ in it. #Cracking!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Kind regards

Benjamin Higgeldy

Sunday Night Picture Show. Mid August. Perseids Issue. ;)

Thank you all for sharing your super t’rific photos of your cutting patches and your flowers. Please keep them coming to either the Higgledy Facebook page or the Twitter page. You can see all the ones that have been shared on those pages….the selection below is simply a dozen that tickle my fancy. Sharing your photos is a great resource for other growers to learn tips n tricks and perhaps see varieties they may like to have a crack at growing next season.

Thx to @LucieHyndley for this double ace pic of Scabiosa 'Back in Black'...with some mighty fine Nicotiana 'Lime Green' & Cosmos Purity. #Classy
Thx to @LucieHyndley for this double ace pic of Scabiosa ‘Back in Black’…with some mighty fine Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’ & Cosmos Purity. #Classy
Arty framing of Cosmos 'Purity' by the lovey @helenajbee. 'ansome.
Arty framing of Cosmos ‘Purity’ by the lovey @helenajbee. ‘ansome.
@jmcefalas seems to have nailed the Chrysanthemum 'Rainbow Mix'....such cheery chaps!
@jmcefalas seems to have nailed the Chrysanthemum ‘Rainbow Mix’….such cheery chaps!
@SimonGCTowers is clearly not worried about colour clashes...a man after my own heart! #JazzTastic
@SimonGCTowers is clearly not worried about colour clashes…a man after my own heart! #JazzTastic
Very healthy looking calendula...thx to @lynnewheater for this.
Very healthy looking calendula…positively glowing…thx to @lynnewheater for this.
Simple things...Cosmos & Calendula...fab little posy from @MichelleHole1
Simple things…Cosmos & Calendula…fab little posy from @MichelleHole1
my son asked " aren't those green ones ripe yet"?  @MichelleHole1 tee hee!! :) #NicotianaLimeGreen
my son asked ” aren’t those green ones ripe yet”? @MichelleHole1 tee hee!! 🙂 #NicotianaLimeGreen
A very handsome looking 'Earthwalker' grown by Beverley @hollow_woman
A very handsome looking ‘Earthwalker’ grown by Beverley @hollow_woman.
...can you spot Furface...this one sent in by...MOI!
…can you spot Furface…this one sent in by…MOI!
and another by yours truly...these beds were sown up by @10minutegardener...haven't they done well!  :) #Champion
and another by yours truly…these beds were sown up by @10minutegardener…haven’t they done well! 🙂 #Champion
Another 'Earthwalker' from the lovely @takako in Tokyo. #InternationalHiggledy
Another ‘Earthwalker’ from the lovely @takako in Tokyo. #InternationalHiggledy
Glorious Godetia..grown by the fair hand of Lorraine @lorranines_veg
Glorious Godetia..grown by the fair hand of Lorraine @lorranines_veg
Love this pic of Cleome 'Violet Queen' from Aideen (I've lost your twitter name Aideen...sorry!)
Love this pic of Cleome ‘Violet Queen’ from Aideen (I’ve lost your twitter name Aideen…sorry!)
Valerie Jones (Facebook) sent this and says "thought you would like to see the results of my Higgledy Garden seeds on my patch in our Community Allotment - thrilled with the results!"  #ProudHiggers
Valerie Jones (Facebook) sent this and says “thought you would like to see the results of my Higgledy Garden seeds on my patch in our Community Allotment – thrilled with the results!” #ProudHiggers

Thank you all! Hope you had a fab weeekend.

If you are looking to sow up a cutting patch in late summer (and you should!) please visit ‘Flowers to grow in late summer and early autumn’.

Kind regards

Benjamin Higgledy

 

Sunday Night Picture Show. Early August.

 

Thanks to @bessybrad (twitter) for this one...don't you just dig the Echinops, looking like a flouncy medieval weapon....and the Zinnia 'Mammoth'...what a colour...love it.
Thanks to @bessybrad (twitter) for this one…don’t you just dig the Echinops, looking like a flouncy medieval weapon….and the Zinnia ‘Mammoth’…what a colour…love it.
Another lovely photo from Rose Mckerrell....this is an early stage Scabiosa 'Back In Black'...wonderfully handsome chap.
Another lovely photo from Rose Mckerrell….this is an early stage Scabiosa ‘Back In Black’…wonderfully handsome chap.

Seeds To Sow In Late Summer/Autumn (link to post)

 

Self sown Nigella...photo from @10mingardener . Furface and I are presently camping in his flower/veg garden...which is chocka with wonderful things.
Self sown Nigella…photo from @10mingardener . Furface and I are presently camping in his flower/veg garden…which is chocka with wonderful things.
Someone else has shooting on an SLR...Sarah Cilton @mistytinkle (twitter)...this is a great pic of Calendula 'Art Shades'...it's more straw coloured than 'Indian Prince'...cracker. #DingDong
Someone else has shooting on an SLR…Sarah Cilton @mistytinkle (twitter)…this is a great pic of Calendula ‘Art Shades’…it’s more straw coloured than ‘Indian Prince’…cracker. #DingDong
@maogden has chosen to take this one slightly out of focus. ;) ...still...we can see the gorgeous lime green star at the back of this Malope trifida vulcan.
@maogden has chosen to take this one slightly out of focus. 😉 …still…we can see the gorgeous lime green star at the back of this Malope trifida vulcan.
Larkspur can be erratic to germinate...and can take yonks and therefore hoed up...this pink number was taken by Michell M...lovely stuff.
Larkspur can be erratic to germinate…and can take yonks and therefore hoed up…this pink number was taken by Michell M…lovely stuff.
I was lucky enough to meet @jillAGardens at Port Eliot....this is a pic she took of one of my beds there....the beds weren't quite up to the glory of last year... #MustTryHarder
I was lucky enough to meet @jillAGardens at Port Eliot….this is a pic she took of one of my beds there….the beds weren’t quite up to the glory of last year… #MustTryHarder
Nick Hearle has been harvesting.....good stash there Nick....those Earthwalker sunflowers look very healthy...and go swimmingly well with the Rudbeckia 'Marmalade'.
Nick Hearle has been harvesting…..good stash there Nick….those Earthwalker sunflowers look very healthy…and go swimmingly well with the Rudbeckia ‘Marmalade’.
...another from Rose Mckmerrell....a perfect Higgledy patch of annuals....splendid.
…another from Rose Mckmerrell….a perfect Higgledy patch of annuals….splendid.
@MrsEmma has been at it again...taking pics of critters....this bee having a splosh about on a Cornflower 'Blue Ball'....check out that white pollen....top notch. Thank you Emma.
@MrsEmma has been at it again…taking pics of critters….this bee is having a splosh about on a Cornflower ‘Blue Ball’….check out that white pollen….top notch. Thank you Emma.
MonroW has done a better job than I, this year with her Chrysanthemum Rainbow....these are really worth a go...such cheery chaps.
MonroW has done a better job than I, this year with her Chrysanthemum Rainbow….these are really worth a go…such cheery chaps.
Emma Sousa Flowers have done rather well haven't they....well you would expect so! ;) Keep up the good work.
Emma Sousa Flowers have done rather well haven’t they….well you would expect so! 😉 Keep up the good work.
From her balcony in Tokyo my digital chum Takako has been growing Higgledy flowers....makes me rather chuffed I must say. #International
From her balcony in Tokyo my digital chum Takako has been growing Higgledy flowers….makes me rather chuffed I must say. #International
...and finally one from the lovely Ronnie Tyler....this is her daughter's lotty flower patch...lots going on in there....Cerinthe in foreground looking rumbustious.
…and finally one from the lovely Ronnie Tyler….this is her daughter’s lotty flower patch…lots going on in there….Cerinthe in foreground looking rumbustious.

Thank you all for sharing your pics to Twitter and Facebook…it is very useful and inspiration to both myself and other growers.

I have an offer on a collection of seeds that you can sow in late summer and early autumn that may interest you… (hard sell!)

Kindest regards

Benjamin Higgledy.