Those wildflowers that didn’t die in June’s drought are now starting to bloom. But please don’t pick them

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Corncockle (Agrostemma githago) was nearly extinct ten years ago but is now flowering on the streets of Fitzrovia as part of a project supported by Kew Gardens.

Pictured is the second of our corncockle flowers to bloom as part of our Grow Wild project supported by Kew Gardens.

The first to bloom was on Friday morning and was promptly stolen by the afternoon. A shame because around 90 percent of the wildflowers we planted died in early June due to the dry weather.

But these beautiful native blooms have responded to our now daily watering regime and rewarding our efforts.

Ten years’ ago corncockle (Agrostemma githago) was extremely scarce and in 2014 a BBC news report said there was only a single example in the whole of the UK.

We hope our green-fingered thief doesn’t return and make it extinct in our street again. Or perhaps it wasn’t a thief but a concerned citizen who had been reading the Telegraph and thinks we are trying to poison people 😎.

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