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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Foliage Followup -- July 2015

On the day after Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, many bloggers celebrate Foliage Followup, hosted by Pam Penick at Digging. Although I do have some foliage in my garden that looks good after our unprecedented heat wave, none of it is really wowing me. That might be an artifact of a lingering crappy mood, but anyway...

Although technically not foliage, the seedpods of Nigella damascena are one of the first things you see in my front garden when you get out of the car. They were lovely in flower, but fortunately, they offer just as much beauty when they go to seed.


Nigella damascena seedpods, technically not foliage, but not flowers either

I might save some of the tallest for drying, they are as interesting as the flowers were

Some are dry enough to have started opening, which means the seeds are ripe. All I need to do is upend them into an envelope or paper plate.

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12 comments:

  1. Hope your gardening mood lifts up very soon Alison and show us more of your fab foliage plant selection :)

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  2. Summer doldrums, Mama used to call it. The mood, not Nigella.

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  3. I love the close-up of those seedpods. They look like tiny aliens.

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  4. I was charmed by "Love-in-a-Mist" until it insisted upon carpeting every square inch of available space and I had to declare war. Eat those seeds (they're peppery and good) but don't let them loose in the garden.

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  5. You, too? I'm sorry. I've been fighting a crappy mood for several weeks. It's lightened a bit this week, though. I love your close-ups of the seed pods. I have a plant growing in my driveway island that looks a bit like Nigella. It hasn't bloomed yet, but is sending up a stem now. It's odd because I've never grown Nigella. It's probably something else, but it really looks like it.

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  6. I was was having a good pulling session this afternoon , left the Nigella, pulled the poppies…felt much better afterwords.

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  7. Pretty seed heads. I hope you mood has now lifted.

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  8. Sorry about your your lousy mood. This heat and these skies with no clouds oppresses me a bit; it's one reason I moved here from Los Angeles--to get away from months of it! However, I love your photos of your Nigella seed pods. I love how they look: so sculptural and like small clay vases. And that row of them looks great next to those chartreuse leaves. Hope you're feeling better today.

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  9. Those Nigella seed pods are so cool! I hope seeing and photographing them (lovely shots, btw) made your spirits soar. Heat and drought makes me grumpy too. William said I was like the devil's own spawn during that heatwave, and he was right. The poor guy had to endure working with me, when all I wanted to do was crawl under a rock and die.

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  10. I know what you mean, Alison, the heat, drought, and weeds going to seed bring me down too. I made a list of things I hate about summer to console myself in winter when I am missing my plants and flowers. I have a bed where the Nigella self-sows and I was noticing the cute seed pods, they are darling. I want to spread them around some next year.

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  11. Sorry you're feeling crappy! I've also not been interested much in the garden even though there are lots of things to be done. Glad you featured your nigella seed heads. They really looked cook when I saw them in person.

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  12. I used to plant nigella. They are pretty both when they bloom and with the seed pods.

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