Welcome to a Blooming Lovely Monday.
The flower I have chosen today is the Cornflower. This glorious wild flower is the most vivid shade of blue. At one time the plant which is often considered a weed populated corn fields. Sadly it is not so common now, but when it is seen provides a very pretty aspect to the fields.
In the past cornflowers have been used for their blue pigment. They have been featured in gardens for more than a hundred years. Most varieties are blue, but others come in pink, maroon, and white blooms, set apart by pale, gray-green leaves. Another name for Cornflowers is Bachelor’s buttons. This variety grow one to three feet and bloom in early summer. Leave some seed heads after these annuals flower and goldfinches will visit your garden to eat the seeds. Bachelor’s buttons last for up to two weeks as a cut flower and they are also nice dried. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in tea and are a famous ingredient of the Lady Grey blend of Twinings.
The Blue Cornflower has been the national flower of Estonia since 1968 and symbolizes daily bread to Estonians. The blue cornflower is also one of the national flowers of Germany. This is partly due to the story that when Queen Louise of Prussia was fleeing Berlin and pursued by Napoleon’s forces, she hid her children in a field of cornflowers and kept them quiet by weaving wreaths for them from the flowers.
In folklore, young men in love would wear a cornflower. If the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man’s love was not returned.
This plant when boiled and the juice is cooled can provide a herbal treatment to cure conjunctivitis (or pink eye), and as a wash for tired eyes.
There are also some magical uses for Cornflowers that include using them for protection of property, to repel evil influences and unwanted visitors. This is how you do it: Grind blue cornflowers to a fine powder, and then sweep your house with a broom. Once your home is thoroughly swept and spotless, sprinkle the cornflower powder over the threshold of all doors. Also sprinkle it in the corner of every room, including the corners of all your cupboards.
If you are worried about evil influences entering your home through the telephone or computer, sprinkle the same powder under and around your telephone and computer to keep them away.
To be able to perceive events in the future some say you must gather fresh blue cornflowers and moisten them. Then lie down on a comfortable surface and relax. Place the cornflowers to the area above and between the eyes. The more you do this the more effective it will become.
Cornflowers were among the jewellery and gold discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamen. A small wreath of cornflowers and olive leaves, still the deepest blue after thousands of years, was among the cache of riches left to aid the pharaoh in the afterlife.
In the language of flowers the Cornflower represents-Delicacy, Hope in love and Blessedness. All beautiful meanings for the very lovely flower. I’ve not got any in my garden but next year I may try planting some. Do you grow them in your garden? If you do let me know.
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