ABC Wednesday - L is for...

In Threadspider's garden - July 2008

... Love-in-a-mist

When I offered saved seeds to my Open Garden donors on Sunday, I didn't think Love-in-a-Mist (aka Nigella damascena) would be that popular. After all, they're always being given away on the front of gardening magazines, so everyone must have some right? It looks like I'm wrong as this is the most requested seed packet thus far. I can see why: an evocative name with lovely jewel-like flowers above all that floaty foliage. The seedheads are pretty too, each capsule containing plenty of seed, which can be used in Indian cooking. It's an easy annual, once sown always filling in some gap in the garden. Don't worry if this is your requested packet, I should have enough to go round.

This afternoon my SUP friends are coming round to help me make the seed packets ready for sending your selections. I'm really looking forward to it as we haven't all got together since our jolly trip to Weymouth in August. There's lots to catch up on and future trips to plan, such as the Farewell to the Pigs in a few days time. We may be artistic this afternoon if the muse takes us, but I've also printed off some mini-photographs I took of each flower or plant during seed saving time just in case chatting, coffee and cake (another windfall cake BTW) take precedence and we choose the easy route to packet making.

I rather like the idea of around 40 gardens next year having plants sown from just 3 gardens as a living reminder of my project. 50 or so of you have been involved in one way or another, and between us we've raised enough money so far to make a permanent difference in the lives of around 120 people. Marvellous.

Do have a Look at the Lovely ABC Wednesday blog for one L of a Lot of stories and pictures ;)


  1. Such a lovely name. Blogging is really improving my floral knowledge. Thank you.

  2. This is a lovely flower indeed. Congratulations on exceeding your original goal--that is wonderful! I'll be sending you an e-mail tonight with my choices; I had to think about it for awhile:) Thanks for all your hard work,VP, and sharing your seed bounty with us.

  3. I didn't know of such flower until I come here. Great post!

    My L pictures are posted here and here. Hope you can drop by, too! Thanks!

  4. Thank you so much for making this happen-I am delighted to have been able to assist in a tiny way!

  5. Love-in-a-mist.
    What a Lovely name for a Lovely flower.
    Perfect for the Letter L for ABC Wednesday.

    Bear((( )))

  6. It was one of my plot favourites this year and left it to self-seed for next year! xx

  7. I, like babooshka, am learning so much about the flowers! A lovely one.....

  8. That IS one L of a lovely flower! (that cracked me up!)

    I've never seen one before.

  9. Hi ABCers - I'll hop on over to yours OK?

    TS - you helped much more than a little. Thank you!!!!! :D

    Flighty - I'm going to grow it as a crop on my plot next year as we use a lot of it in bread making and Indian cookery. Yum!


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