I really like the shagginess of the perennial cornflower, Centaurea montana; it makes me smile.  It is such a beautiful colour which looks lovely against the fresh green leaves – a colour combination I used in last year’s Malvern Garden range of lampshades.

Centaureainvase 

Also known as Knapweed, it is thistle-like in appearance.  The serrated black outline to the scales at the base intrigues me.

Centaureathistlelike

And if I remember to cut it back once the flowers fade it will bloom again later in the season.

Centaureabloom

Take a look at this beauty ‘Amethyst in Snow’ – I may have to treat myself to that one.

The National Collection of Centaurea is in Northumberland.

Happy Monday!

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