Showing posts with label nigella. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nigella. Show all posts

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Love-in-a-Mist

The imaginative person who gave this flower it's poetic nickname did a fine job! The layered petals of the flower nestle within the graceful, ferny foliage, giving it a soft and romantic air. It is another of the self-sowing annuals with an old fashioned cottage look. I like to use it as a filler between larger plants. It blooms in spring and early summer in various colors, all lovely! The latin name is Nigella Sativa and the variety I have is called 'Persian Jewels.'



Here is a nice light blue with white eye.




This white form is exquisite, especially with it's darker blue center.




A pair of pinks....the one on the right showing more white, with pink tips and center.




The seed pods are beautiful as well, and can be used fresh or dried in floral arrangements.




This pod shows a bit more color. They have been said to resemble a jester's hat, as this one certainly does.

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Sow a single packet of these and they will return and grace you with their sweetness for years to come.....no cottage garden should be without them!