Monday, 30 June 2008

Chicory

Continuing the 'blue skies' theme, the first chicory flowers opened yesterday.. I haven't grown this herb before (you may remember I bought one from Herbal Haven at the Capel Manor show) so it was with great delight that I found it in all its glory.

Dave from Osage and Orange posted a beautiful piece in defense of chicory a while ago, in which he mentioned that the flowers only open for a day. So I grabbed the camera immediately! The plant has thrown up a very tall spike which has many many buds, so although the two blooms from yesterday may not last, I am hoping for more to come.

9 comments:

Cwm Goch Chronicles said...

What an amazing flower - the centre just begs to be reproduced in blue wire and bugle beads!

Stunning!

Cheryl said...

Well it is so beautiful you would grow it for just one bloom, wouldn't you? I love the colour.
Hope you are well Hedgewitch and that life is treating you kindly.....

naturewitch said...

Hi Hedgewitch

That is one amazing flower! Who would have thought that something as bitter as chicory would produce as delicate and sweet a flower as that. xx

lotta said...

So lovely. They remind me of childhood summer car trips when the ditches along the country roads were covered in their amazing shade of blue. Thanks!!

Hedgewitch said...

I'm so glad you all loved this fleeting flower as much as me!!

kitchenwitch said...

Gorgeous photo! I love little lady Chicory... I especially admire her penchant for decorating what would be otherwise very uninspired locations... like the gravel at he edge of the road! I hear Chicory is one of the traditional flowers used in a garden "flower clock"-- I haven't made one of these, but once I realized that she only blooms until mid-day, I started calling her "my little morning flower"... and she's up long before this night owl lifts her sleepy head, I'll tell you that! (: Sasha

Dave Coulter said...

That's a great shot. Hope you're enjoying summer! :)

Marilena said...

wow! truly nice!! that is a very lovely shade of blue that i like:) therese a friend of mine from australia posted her blooms on my flower blog. come and check it out:)

GL said...

I don't grow chicory in my garden but she manages to pop up around it every year. I make sure no one weed whacks the area around my garden just so I can keep looking at the halo of blue around the stone boundries of it. Beautiful closeup picture!