I don't remember having this many different colors last year. I wonder if they are as promiscuous as columbine?
|This light blue is most common|
|There's also a very dark, midnight blue.|
|There's a white one with a ring of blue in the center|
|And there's a pretty, very girly pink|
|This one has sowed itself into the gravel next to my Agave 'Blue Glow.'|
|They work well as companions to my self-sown California poppies.|
|The bees love them too!|
|The seedpods are great in flower arrangements, and when dry, they split open at the top and hundreds of tiny black seeds spill out.|
|They remind me of a jester wearing a tutu|
Nigella seeds are used in cooking, but those come from Nigella sativa. Some common names are Love-in-a-Mist, Devil-in-a-Bush, and Persian Jewels. I started growing them from seed many years ago, when I first started gardening. It amused me to have a plant with a name similar to my husband's, Nigel.
I grow Alyssum too, which is a bit like my own name, but they don't seem to come in so much variety. Hmmm...I wonder what the takeaway from that bit of info is.