Love-In-A-Mist ~ The Allotment Constellation

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Nigella damascena is a wonderfully self-seeding annual that has been grown in English gardens since Elizabethan times. It is much loved for its sky-blue flowers (sometimes also white or pink) and its delicate ferny leaves. And of course, once the flowering is done, there are the strikingly odd sputnik seed capsules to admire.  Though seen here in monochrome (with a hint blue), the flowers already have a distinctly alien look. I took this photo last night at the allotment. I have several self-seeded clumps around the vegetable plots, and they are just beginning to flower. It’s always good to mix things up like this, the flowers not only attracting the pollinators for the fruit and vegetables, but also, in the case of French marigolds, diverting crop pests. And talking of crops, or ones in the making, here’s a rather fine pea flower:

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge ~ flowers of any kind

29 thoughts on “Love-In-A-Mist ~ The Allotment Constellation

    1. Many thanks, Marilyn. I almost think the reason it works has to do with the light reflected off the plants themselves. It somehow clicked with the slight blue tint.

  1. How lovely. I used to grow this plant in a cottage garden I once had. I haven’t seen it growing over here for years. I will look for some seeds next spring.

    1. Many thanks, Amy. I was using the b & w cyan setting on my Canon, which I had only just discovered, and then there was some good late day sunshine, and it all just seemed to work.

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