Plant Now: Love-in-a-mist

nigella herb
Nigella damascenaNigella damascena, love-in-a-mistnigella-seed-pods
Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) is a hardy annual, so seeds can be started indoors now and planted out when seedlings are about 10cm high. Close up, the flowers look rather wacky but they look divine in bouquets and vases. Rather ethereal, in fact. You can choose from blue, pink or white flowers, or buy a mix that has all the colours in the one pack.

Wacky flowers aren’t all these plants produce. They also sport wacky seed pods which, when picked, last for an age. Florists love the balloon-shaped pods for their intriguing looks and long-lasting life. If left in the garden, the tip of the pods eventually open and the ripe seeds can be collected.

Seeds are available from Egmont Seeds and Kings Seeds.

Photo credit: seed pods image from Apartment Therapy.

Summer bouquets

Flower bouquet by VSF
Summer bouquet by VSF
These two floral designs, from VSF, look to me like quintessential summer bouquets (albeit early summer). Gorgeous roses and pretty cottage garden flowers are mixed with scented foliage and vines. The top design features roses, pretty blue tweedia, wild clover, yellow fritillaria, scented geranium leaves and ferns. The bottom design includes large white clematis flowers, umbelliferous Queen Anne’s lace and blue and white love-in-a-mist. If you have a cottage garden, you probably have most of these plants already. Lucky you!