Monday, July 09, 2007

The Wrong Nigella

My annual experiment has not yielded quite the results I was hoping for. Instead of Nigella flowers that look like this:


I’ve got flowers that look like this:


Bleah. The problem is, I grew Nigella sativa, from my spice seeds. The garden variety of Nigella is Nigella damascena. Whoops. While I may have a spice harvest, I am very disappointed to be missing the fantastic love-in-a-mist flowers.

I think I’ll sow poppies over my tulips next year, or make sure I have the right species of Nigella.

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10 Comments:

Blogger emilyxyz said...

At least you can collect seeds again for cooking! And the N. sativa is an interesting plant in its own way...altho of course no match, florally, for the N. damascena.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

It was an interesting experiment anyway. Actually I don't think the flowers of N. sativa looks all that bad.

4:49 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Those flowers look interesting, wish I had some culinary N. sativa seeds! None in the supermarkets here,I am afraid.

11:39 AM  
Blogger EAL said...

They're cute, but I agree the true love-in-a-mist is better. I really want to grow these.

6:38 PM  
Blogger kate said...

The flowers look interesting but not quite like love-in-a-mist. Try 'Miss Jekyll' - they are really beautiful.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog. I grew up in Cincinnati but am just starting out with my garden in Alabama! I am also a "cat lady". Keep up the blogging. I bet you have a lot of readers!

11:05 PM  
Blogger Kasmira said...

Thanks, elizabeth. I haven't been doing much in the garden (because of darn rehearsals), but I hope to get back to it, and blogging, in August/September.

5:03 AM  
Blogger The Detective said...

What a great garden!!

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Rosie said...

Hi.......I've been following your garden for awhile now and wanted to tell you that you have been an inspiration for me. I have always gardened but never thought to share it in this way. You do such a good job, I decided to give it a try. Thanks

Rosie
http://rosiessewingroom.com/blog/

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although less showy, the oil from the seeds of N.Sativa are of great medicinal value.Save some of the seeds!

12:32 PM  

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