Friday, September 19, 2014

Against All Odds

 
Nigella damascene (Love-in-a-Mist)
belonging to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae
 
I fell in love with this flower when I saw it on someone's blog last year. I just had to have it in my garden. It's native to southern Europe, north Africa and southwest Asia. So, my chances of finding it in Canada were slim!
 
 
I managed to locate heirloom seeds, 'Persian Rose', online. I ordered them and planted them in June. I didn't have high hopes of them growing (considering our climate), but, against all odds...they grew and bloomed!

(The bloom is about the size of my thumbnail)

 
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48 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, Karen! What an exquisite flower!! I do love your captures of it, too!! Thanks so much for sharing! What a clever lady you are!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!!

Mascha said...

Wonderful macro photos! I like nigella...
Have a great weekend

Elephant's Child said...

A truly beautiful thing - and with luck they will self-seed for next year.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, my favourite is the one with the Bee, superb.

Jocee said...

Great pics. One of my favourites in the garden too.

DeniseinVA said...

These are exquisite little blooms Karen and gorgeous photographs. Thank you for ID'ing it for me. I had forgotten its name. Thank you also for linking with Today's Flowers. And have a great weekend :)

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous blooms and color.. Lovely images, happy weekend!

Frank said...

Karen .. I can understand your joy in seeing this beauty survive and bloom in your garden.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Extraordinary! As well as that winged insect! Golly you are a talented photographer.

Those probably won't take to coming back after a Great Northern Winter Freeze - but I am so impressed you took the care to try, and that something bloomed. Good for you, seriously!

Well done, Karen!! Hugs!

The Furry Gnome said...

What an amazing flower!

Buttons said...

Oh it is beautiful Karen and I am so happy it loves Canada's weather:) Hug B

TexWisGirl said...

an exotic beauty growing in canada! yay!

Michelle Pitts said...

Beautiful little flower and well done on growing it from seed....HPS Michelle

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow....VERY pretty.

Muffie said...

It really is a gorgeous bloom. Good for you, finding it and nurturing it. Maybe next year, it'll bloom again?

Lisa Gordon said...

This is so unusual, Karen, and it is absolutely gorgeous.

Gunilla Bäck said...

They're gorgeous!

Hannah said...

They are wonderful flowers, with the twisty stigmas and wispy foliage. I have had them self-sowing without care for 20 years here, they always appear in spring, mine are blue. Hopefully yours will do that too. The pink is pretty.

eileeninmd said...

Karen, stopping back to say thank you for linking up, have a great weekend!

RedPat said...

It's beautiful!

Our photos said...

Very nice !

Arija said...

It is such a pity that times in the nursery world have changed so much that the larger old-fashioned flowers are no long available as seedlings or seeds. I have not been able to get any nigella seedlings this season or indeed tall growing stocks either. Everything is geared to the small or courtyard garden.
I find it quite disheartening to have to search out 'heritage' seeds just to have the flowers our grandmothers had reseeding in their gardens.

Stephanie said...

They are very pretty, love how the petals look, nice shape to them.

Andy said...

It certainly is exotic.

David Gascoigne said...

The second picture with the wasp on the flower is simply wonderful.

Roan said...

I've never seen anything quite like it. Sure is beautiful!

Terri said...

Wow- what a gorgeous flower! I'm glad they bloomed out for you..you never know unless you take a chance! I've never seen this before.

Debbie said...

excellent....don't you just love when that happens!!

what a beautiful color!!!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Gorgeous specimen...and with an insect♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/just-my-grandson/

Pat said...

The flower is really beautiful. I like the shot of the hover fly too.

abrianna said...

That is a gorgeous shot.

Rajesh said...

Very lovely flower. Looks unique.

Rivien said...

Wonderful macro photos! I like nigella...
Have a great week!
Hugs from Hamburg
Rivien

Birgitta said...

Wonderful macro photos! Like the soft look!

brucerustonblog said...

lovely shot really like the hover fly too

EG CameraGirl said...

Nice to see it in PINK! I have seen only blue or white versions.

ladyfi said...

Beautiful nature shots.

Felicia said...

beautiful flowers and images

Villrose said...

A lovely summer flower! Have to remember to saw it next year. Missed it this summer.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh lovely . And if there were the slightest chance that it would bloom in your climate I would have had no doubt that you are the gardener who could make it happen!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I hit publish" too soon. Meant to ask if this is a perennial or will you have to plant it each year?

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the beautiful flower.

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Karen, how exciting! It's a gorgeous flower. No wonder you fell in love. You also captured it beautifully. I should plan some too!?!

JRandSue said...

Superb images.

Lee Ann L. said...

Gorgeous!

Gunsside said...

Great images
Lovely shots

Laura said...

how gorgeous Karen, I can see why you searched high and low for this beauty. Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

'Tsuki said...

Nigella are one of my favourite flower : their shape has something royal, in my opinion... And their colour pink to blue is so impressive...