Sunday 28 August 2011

Cornfield annuals

To fill an awkward patch of ground outside the Colesbourne Motor Garage we've usually sown a mixture of hardy annuals to give a bright sumer show. This year we used Kings Cornfield Annuals, a mixture of once-common cornfield weeds, now almost totally eradicated by intensive agriculture. It's a reminder of how European cornfields must once have looked, full of annuals competing with the crop. The diversity in the mix is quite limited, but the result is spectacular, the only criticism being that poppies are rather sparse. These are the principal components, and some views of the mixture.

Corn Marigold, Glebionis segetum

Corncockle, Agrostemma githago

Cornflower, Centaurea cyanus

Scented Mayweed, Matricaria chamomilla

Corn Poppy, Papaver rhoeas

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