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.
“A happy riot of @higgledygarden 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.)
” 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 😉
“Foxgloves going great guns!” Indeed they are Hannah…but because of your cheeky honed horti skills….11 out of 10 for Foxy success.
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.
“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
“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.
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.
Cornflowers were made for the cutting patch…beautiful, prolific and easy peasy lemon squeesy to grow from seed.
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.
*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.
*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.
*Cornflowers are happy in a poor soil and a free draining, poor soil is their Holy Grail.
*I sow my seeds in straight drills about a foot apart.
*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.
*Thin out your plants when they are a couple of inches tall to a spacing of about foot apart…perhaps a little less.
*Seedlings will happily transplant but best done when they are smaller than your thumb. (It’s my rule of thumb)
*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!)
*In some parts of Russia…the blue dye is extracted from cornflowers and used to dye Vodka blue.
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.