Love-in-a-mist, or Nigella damascena, are some of my very favorite flowers!
These particular ones are extra special because they were given to me many years ago.
I sprinkled the seeds throughout the flowerbeds around our deck. I waited, and waited, and waited some more … but for several years nothing happened. I was puzzled!
Then early one spring we went on a long trip. My garden got a bit neglected during five weeks we were gone.
First thing I did upon our return was checking on the garden. Surprise! There were lots of love-in-a-mist flowers blooming in the flowerbeds! Turns out that I had been pulling the tiny seedlings out right along with the weeds.
Don’t you just love how delicate and whimsical they look?
I like to watch the blossoms as they slowly unfurl, and then produce papery seed pods.
It’s magical, especially when ladybugs and western swallowtail butterflies visit.
But what I love the most about these flowers is, where they came from!
They came from my friend Rosalie’s garden.
She’s been a part of my life for almost three decades now!
Now I have lots of love-in-a-mist seeds that I share with gardening friends.
Do you share seeds or plants with fellow gardeners?