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Bachelor Button Art Pack

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Bachelor Button Polka Dot Mix

Centaurea cyanus
Feathery button-size blooms of true blues, whites, and pinks.

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Also known as Cornflower, the Bachelor Button can reach heights of 3 feet and is a great cutting flower.

JFK wore this flower at his wedding as a tribute to his father. When he did so, he entered into dialogue with centuries of symbolic meaning given to this bloom. Once worn by bachelors to test if their courting was successful (if the bloom withered quickly, so they said, the young couples' love was not to last), Cornflower has also been the symbol of various, mostly progressive political movements. Like JFK, the bachelor on this pack is uniting both politics and passion by donning one powerful flower.

Number of Seeds 250
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 to 18 inches
Planting Depth <¼ inch
Days to Germination 7 to 10
Days to Maturity 90
Height at Maturity 24 to 36 inches
Width at Maturity 12 to 24 inches
Direct sow around last frost date, or start indoors up to 6 weeks earlier. Bachelor Buttons will tolerate poor soil. Enjoys full sun. Removing the old blossoms of this hardy annual will ramp up blooming. Might self-seed.

Art by Jacinta Bunnell. Jacinta Bunnell is an artist, teacher, painter, video maker, art director and coloring book maker. Her art is constructed primarily from recycled materials. She has a stash of patterned and quirky paper which she has been collecting since childhood. Among the multifarious pieces are torn wrappings from Groundhog Day celebrations, colored engravings from encyclopedias for babies, pictures of toads and concerned citizen fliers. Jacinta’s work has been shown at The Horticultural Society of New York, Allegheny College, Huguenot Street Farm, KMOCA, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, SUNY Ulster, A+D Gallery at Columbia College Chicago, TeamLove Ravenhouse Gallery, Rosendale Cafe and Roos Arts. She has artistically collaborated with The Woodstock Film Festival, Ken Greene, Elizabeth Mitchell, Neko Case, Irit Reinheimer and Cindy Hoose. Jacinta has toured the U.S. and Canada with The Gadabout Film Fest, Neko Case, Eric Ayotte, DavEnd, Anne Elizabeth Moore and Julie Novak. She is the author of three coloring books about gender fabulousity and is a co-founder of Hudson Valley BRAWL (Broads' Regional Arm Wrestling League). Jacinta has been a pinch hitter for the Hudson Valley Seed Library when they needed nimble fingers to hand-pack these precious seeds. All three of her parents are avid gardeners and farmers. She grew up eating baby corn and green beans right off the plants in her backyard. Jacinta lives in a 200-year old farmhouse in Stone Ridge, NY with Michael Truckpile, some coyotes, rabbits, wood piles, and rhododendron bushes. She saves the seeds from her zinnia plants every year.

From the Artist: " When the Seed Library approached me to design an art pack, I perused the catalog and decided that it made the most sense for me to choose cornflower. The crayon color “cornflower” was introduced in 1949 and since then, countless children have fallen in love with this delightful shade of blue. Bachelor buttons earned their name when young unmarried men in love began wearing cornflowers on their lapels. If the flowers faded, it was a sign that their love was unrequited. Many gay men throughout history have been deemed “confirmed bachelors” by a society that did not fully understand or accept them. The cornflower has been a symbol of social reform in Sweden, Estonia and Finland. This seed package, featuring one gentleman sweetly courting another, is colorable."

Medium: mixed media, pencil

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