Cornflower Blue Ball
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Close your eyes and imagine a country cottage garden. Slightly wild and utterly charming, overflowing with colour, scent and the peaceful humming sound of busy pollinators. Which flowers come to mind? Possibly roses, perhaps hollyhocks?…. and most definitely cornflowers. No cottage garden would be complete without them.
Once a common sight in cornfields across the UK, before the use of herbicides, these brilliant, cobalt blue, native flowers are now a rare sight but thankfully live on in our gardens. They are a dream to grow. Easy, prolific, (producing endless amounts of flowers over several months if you keep on top of the dead-heading), beloved of butterflies and bees and will happily self-seed.
They also make excellent cut flowers, lasting for 5-7 days in a vase.
Plant Care Tips
Grow in poor, well-drained soil and in full sun and it is advisable to grow through some netting as they are prone to flopping over in high winds without support.
Sow in September for larger, stronger plants and/or in late April
Can be sown in modules to transplant later or direct into the soil
Pre-water the soil before sowing
Sow thinly and cover only very lightly. Do not let the soil dry out.
Prefer poor soil, well-drained soil and full sun
Keep cutting and deadheading to encourage more blooms
|Seed Quantity||400 Seeds|
|Sow||September or April|
|Flowers||summer and early autumn|
up to 90cm
RHS Plants for Pollinators.
The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects.
Find out more at rhs.org.uk/plantsforpollinators
We aim to dispatch all orders within 24hrs of receiving them
Seeds are delivered in eco friendly packaging and thick card envelopes.
We offer a full refund on items returned in their original packaging
Let customers speak for us
From the moment the cute seed box arrives at your door, until the seedling pop up to say hello...they never disappoint. I've purchased a few different boxes of seeds and know they'll not be my last! Thank you 🐞🌸
I already have baby craspedia seedlings and can't wait to see them grow. I bought a couple of craspedia plants last year and they produce the most lovely yellow pom poms. They look great dotted in three's around the house and I also use them when I make dried wreaths.
This was gifted to my mum for her birthday and she loves it. You've got everything you need for flower pressing, including all instructions.
Nicely packaged and fast delivery
One of our favourites in the range. Balanced subtle tones, good burn time and will definitely buy again. Matt
Quickly dispatched and delivered. Arrived safely. Nicely labelled clearly with instructions on how to sow. Can’t go wrong. Would definitely order from again.
Arrived on Time and loved the packaging. About to sow some seeds and hopefully for some chillies in Summer
Excellent arrived safely beautifully boxed.
Looking forward to sowing these seeds soon.
Top quality seeds and so beautifully presented - I bought them for myself but it was like receiving a gorgeous gift!
Great service, prompt delivery and beautifully packaged. It was for a gift so not tried them but they look lovely.
I am happy to give a 5 star review for Bishy Barnabee’s Cottage Garden Flower and Herb Box.
I loved receiving the beautiful package of seeds, with some dried flowers enclosed and not an ounce of plastic in sight!
All thoughtfully eco friendly wrapped.
The delivery was super quick and I’m working my way through sewing the seeds, on the monthly instructions contained on each packet.
I think any of the seed boxes would make a beautiful gift or why not treat yourself!
I’ll certainly be buying more as I expand my cut flower garden 🌸🐞
Another beautifully presented gift box of seeds delivered quickly and professionally presented. I bought as a gift for a friend who was delighted. I will definitely be back again.
I was so pleased to receive this box of seeds, beautifully presented with a lovely little dried flower to add a special touch, thank you, can’t wait to get started on sowing them .
I can’t rate these seeds highly enough! Germination was super fast and baby plants are lovely and strong. Looking forward to a flower filled 2023 , and will definitely be ordering lots more goodies from Bbcg x