Silent Sunday – Nigella

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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96 Responses to Silent Sunday – Nigella

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Fascinating flower I have never hear of!

  2. Alice says:

    Stunning against the dark background. Must be a favorite of yours. Looks like swan feathers.

  3. Oh Eliza, this is gorgeous.

  4. Anne says:

    A beautiful composition of different shapes and shades.

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  6. Dawn Minott says:

    This is uniquely splendid! Nature totally rocks. Thanks for sharing Eliza.

  7. Dawn Minott says:

    … and she looks like feathers // nature mimicking each other

  8. Exquisite! So many delicate details with a perfect hint of purple…

  9. shoreacres says:

    A friend has pink, blue, and white in her garden. I love the seed heads as much as the flowers.

  10. So pretty! The leaves remind me of spider webs.

  11. What a picture! It looks as though that flower is balanced on a web of green.

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  13. neihtn2012 says:

    Beautiful shot of a wonderful flower with multiple uses!

  14. Val Boyko says:

    Lovely capture Eliza 💐

  15. sandyjwhite says:

    This is a new one for me. Love the way it looks.

  16. John Hric says:

    Thanks Eliza. I do not get a chance to see this flower enough.

  17. I immediately thought of the TV cook. 🙂 I read that the seeds are useful in cooking with notable flavors. But they are more useful creating additional beautiful flowers as your image proves. 🙂

  18. Debbie says:

    I don’t guess I’ve ever seen this one before — it’s stunning! Thanks, Eliza, for introducing me to so many beautiful flowers.

  19. We sow them in the fall here. I always plant blue and maybe that is why it never reseeds. Do you have deer?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yeah, not sure what’s up with the blue not self-sowing. I thought it might be cold sensitive, whereas pink and white might be tougher? I guess I’d have to collect and overwinter blues inside to see. Yes, we have voracious deer, but knock wood, so far they’ve left the nigella alone. They favor my hosta, and sadly, of late, chelone and blue lobelia that were all set to bloom. Grrrr.

  20. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Such wonderful looking flowers

  21. Thats the most interesting flower i have ever seen Eliza. Pretty cool.

  22. Very nice, Eliza! A new flower to me.

  23. Maria says:

    So very pretty Eliza! I do not know if I’ve seen this flower before.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Maria. It grows well here, always self-sowing the following spring. All I have to do is thin them to about 10-12″ apart. Easy, free flowers! 🙂

  24. Kris P says:

    Beautiful – and blooming on a completely different schedule than mine. Did the seeds I sent you germinate? Mine took a long time to get around to blooming this spring.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Kris. Yes, I got maybe half a dozen plants and interestingly, a few must have crossed with something else as they had small yellow-green tiny petals. Hmmm, I wonder about the parentage? Every time I look at patch, I think of you and how neat it is to share something from our gardens across the miles. I’ve cut a few for bouquets and the plants are forming those cool seed heads, so I’m hoping for seeds for next year. I only got one Itsy-Bitsy, but I probably should have started them early inside as I doubt it has time left to bloom. Live and learn!

      • Kris P says:

        Nigella orientalis ‘Transformer’ has yellow and green flowers and was growing in the same raised planter so perhaps the 2 species crossed, or you got wayward seeds from ‘Transformer’. ‘Transformer’ blooms on a different schedule here but I noticed I had some pop up this year too. If you can keep the one ‘Itsy Bitsy’ alive, that may be all you need. The plant I harvested the seed from is a bonafide shrub once it gains strength.

  25. I’m not sure what adjective I should use, but stunning seems to work.

  26. bittster says:

    Exquisite. that’s the word I came around to! love the tracery and green brush strokes. I don’t think I’ve tried hard enough getting these to grow here, next spring I’ll remedy that!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Frank. It really is a gorgeous flower individually as well as a frothy mix en masse. I often cut a few to put in a vase to enjoy close up. The seed heads are pretty cool, too.

  27. susurrus says:

    What a glorious plant portrait.

  28. I can see it’s already been said but… first look at your photo, I immediately thought how exquisite! ❤️ Fabulous capture, Eliza!!

  29. As there are men named Nigel, I wonder if there are women named Nigella.

  30. Adele Brand says:

    Very pretty! 🙂

  31. Very fine and delicate. Love that the white petals have the green leafy extensions

  32. Pepper says:

    Wonderful capture of the delicate details. 😊👏

  33. Bela Johnson says:

    Forgot about nigella! So beautiful! 🪴

  34. What a pretty subject … the petals and foliage seem to match. Nice shot Eliza!

  35. naturebackin says:

    How lovely that the leaves and different parts of the flower complement each other so well.

  36. Jane Lurie says:

    Such a beautiful flower and leaves, Eliza. New one to me! 🙂

  37. The white elements look like feathers.

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