I’ve grown both…

Chicory (Cichorium intybus) and Corn Cockle (Agrostemma githago) in the past but not for some years so I’m going to again this year.   Both are lovely wild wild flowers, which as well as being attractive to pollinators are also good for cutting.

Chicory grows to around 4ft/1.2m and has lovely clear blue flowers in the summer.

I’ll be growing the white variety Ocean Pearl of the Corn Cockle, which is shorter and has silky flowers with some dark speckling.

I’ll be sowing the seeds in the spring, direct around the log pile and pond area.

I’ve not been to the plot since Saturday as it’s been mostly damp and dull, but I’m hoping to have a look round tomorrow.

Take care, and have a good weekend!

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22 Responses to I’ve grown both…

  1. menhir1 says:

    Hello Mr F.

    Those pretty flowers are worth anticipating. Do you use the Chicory for culinary purposes?
    Happy plotting.
    Xxx

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  2. Anything that attracts pollinators is a winner in my book, the fact they’re both beautiful flowers is a bonus. The blue is just beautiful and the Corn Cockle flower almost doesn’t look real! I hope they flower well for you this year xx

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  3. Liz says:

    I’ve not grown either of those, but they look very pretty.

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  4. CJ says:

    They’re both beautiful, and great that they’re good for pollinators. I’ve been hearing that seed companies are busy, so I need to get an order or two in soon. I hope you have a good weekend. CJ xx

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  5. gertieanne says:

    great idea , the Chicory 🙂

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  6. Jo says:

    I haven’t grown either of these before but I agree, they are lovely. It’s been snowing all day here today, I’m hoping it’s going to stop soon as there’s quite a covering already.

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  7. Both are lovely! All my past photos of the plants have one (or more) pollinator of some kind on the flowers.

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  8. Andy Randall says:

    Lovely flowers. I haven’t come across either of them before. Look forward to seeing how they do. Raining all day, but at least it’s not snowing! Have a good weekend, Andy x

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  9. Doris Potter says:

    I love your Chicory photo, Flighty!

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  10. It has been so grey and dismal hasn’t it!

    Happy growing and roll on Spring 🙂

    All the best Jan

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful flowers. We have corn cockle growing on our plots, but they’re the pink variety

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