The Nigella is a beautiful, unique flower. It has such a regal crown like pod, and while the greenery looks thorny it is actually very soft and delicate. Also known as Love in a Mist or (oddly) Devil in the Bush it produces black cumin seeds in its beautiful pods. The closed flower with it’s almost dill like greenery was one of the first botanical drawings I used in my pottery, and it’s remained a favorite over the years.
I have tried to grow it from seed a few times without any luck. Starters were a bit hard to track down, but this year I found some at my local nursery and devoted one of my raised beds to them. I just let them go wild and they have been surprisingly successful and low maintenance to grow, with the help of lots of rain and hot summer sun.
- Apparently the seeds are self-sowing when the pods are left to mature, so I am hoping that this bed will return next year and propagate as easily as they have grown this year.
I am looking forward to watching the flowers turn into pods, which I think are just as stunning as the flowers themselves, if not more so! I want to find some other varieties and colors…this feels like my biggest success in the garden this summer, Hooray!
gorgeous fuchsia bloomPeonies are one of my favorite flowers. I started planting them in my yard some years ago and they have now reached a stage where they are large and full and can be relied upon to put on a spectacular show. I love them for their fullness and delicate beauty both [...]
I'm always grateful to have my work featured in so many beautiful and unique shops and galleries, and I love seeing how pieces blend comfortably in a variety of different settings.Lone Crow Bungalow in Bend, OR is one of these wonderful retail partners. Owner Karen Letourneau and her staff are so fun and easy to [...]
It’s the end of June and my perennial beds are in full bloom. It is always a great show and some of my all-time favorite blooms are the alliums. Part of the onion family, there are many of these large purple globes in my garden, and the way they bloom alongside the smaller [...]
In my neck of the woods you can engage just about any stranger on the street in a conversation about gardening.When I moved to Vermont after living in San Francisco for many years, I was overwhelmed by the abundance of natural beauty everywhere. I had always wanted a garden but in San Francisco a patch of [...]