Nigella damascena 'Oxford Blue' - 'Love in a Mist'
The wonderfully architectural, deep blue flowers of Nigella damascena 'Oxford Blue'.
Known colloquially as 'Love in a Mist', Nigella is a classic cottage garden plant. The remarkable centres of the flowers become attractive 'puff ball' seed heads, much used in flower arranging. The edible black seeds have an onion-like flavour, and those of the related variety, Nigella sativa, are used extensively in Indian and Moroccan cuisine.
Date taken: 19 June 2013.