What Is Corn Cockle: Information On Argostemma Corn Cockle Flowers
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Common corn cockle has a flower like a geranium, but it is a wild plant common in the United Kingdom. What is corn cockle? Read here to find out about adding these lovely lavender blooms to a wildflower garden.
Everything You Need to Know About Canning and Preserving Food
Berries, tomatoes, and zucchini everywhere! When blessed with too much of a good thing, it’s time to get canning. Here’s how to can like a pro.
If you enjoy eating in season, meals can get really, well, boring in the dead of winter. Wouldn’t it be nice to reach into your pantry and pull out a jar of summer-perfect peaches on a blustery day? It’s possible with canning, a method of preserving food in airtight containers that can be stored at room temperature.
Once the domain of grandmothers, canning is making a comeback. Sales of home canning products have risen as the popularity of local, seasonal eating has grown. “It’s a craft we’ve gotten away from, but home food preservation is the way we’ve fed ourselves since we’ve been upright,” says Sherri Brooks Vinton, author of Put ‘em Up! A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook ($20, amazon.com).
Showy summer and fall blooming plants produce daisy-like flowers in many colors and forms. Heights vary from 2 ½ to 6 ft, with taller varieties like ‘Sensation’ (pictured) providing longer stems for cut flowers.
These tough, colorful perennials form long-lasting flowers on straight stems above clumps of bristly foliage. Coneflowers generally bloom from spring until the first frost, providing months of flowers to cut for bouquets. For flowers past their prime, the petals can be picked off and the spikey orange centers used as accents in bouquets.