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Old 01-04-2019   #1
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I purchased a packet of Blue Cornflower seeds. First flower to bloom is pink.
Oh well .......



And I am so in love with Blue Tansy at the moment - the bees love it too.


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Very nice shots Lyn. When I used to buy seed packets I always used to get mixed colours whatever the packet says on the cover
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Nice shots, Lyn. Seems I never get what the packet says.
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Nice shots Lyn.
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Possibilities:
1. Pink is rare recessive gene. See what else blooms to see how common the pink flowers are. If enough plants bloom, you can run a statistical test on how common your pink blossoms are.
2. Environmental factors such as soil pH may change the flower color, such as in pink/blue hydrangeas. (What is the pH of the soil in which you planted these, anyway?)
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Very nice shots Lyn. When I used to buy seed packets I always used to get mixed colours whatever the packet says on the cover
Yes - thank you Gautam.
It can be frustrating at times.
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Nice shots, Lyn. Seems I never get what the packet says.
I guess when dealing with many seeds Gene accuracy is a problem. However - most times the manufacturers seem to get it right.
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Possibilities:
1. Pink is rare recessive gene. See what else blooms to see how common the pink flowers are. If enough plants bloom, you can run a statistical test on how common your pink blossoms are.
2. Environmental factors such as soil pH may change the flower color, such as in pink/blue hydrangeas. (What is the pH of the soil in which you planted these, anyway?)
Now you’re getting technical.
In over 50 years of tending and enjoying different gardens in varying locations I have never had the pH tested.
Hit and Miss is much more exciting - the blue flowers will come.
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Now you’re getting technical.
In over 50 years of tending and enjoying different gardens in varying locations I have never had the pH tested.
Hit and Miss is much more exciting - the blue flowers will come.

Well, yeah, I'm getting technical. Nevertheless, certain soil treatments affect the pH, with some kinds of plants like a more acid soil and others liking an alkaline one. Gypsum, for example, tends to raise the pH as a general rule; peat moss lowers it. No apologies forthcoming from me about being technical, but I also know that some people like surprises more than I do. I like some surprises too, but usually after the fact when things turn out better than expected. I still would be curious to know whether this pink cornflower is a one-off or whether a significant minority - or even a majority - turn out to be pink.


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