When I first started learning to grow flowers, there were a lot of plants that I had never seen before in real life. In starting the cut flower patch I decided that I would try each type of flower at least once and then make a judgement whether I would continue growing them. I wasn’t really sure about love in a mist. Nothing about them really appealed to me. I mean, the colors were fine. However, I didn’t particularly think that I would like the shape of them. As it would turn out, I was wrong!
Love in a mist is a hardy annual flower. That’s fancy talk that means that it can handle a lot more cold temperatures than one might typically expect. Here in my zone 6b/7 garden, it’s best that I sow nigella seeds in the fall. The seeds germinate and then overwinter as seedlings until spring. When spring arrives, the plants burst into growth and bloom.
I usually make my fall planting at the end of September. The seeds germinate quickly in the cool end of summer temperatures, too. Whether or not these flowers will survive a fall planting really just depends on the conditions each year. In the past, I’ve left them completely unprotected and had mixed results of success and failure. If, like me, your winter is a little unpredictable, the addition or use of a low tunnel or frost blanket can definitely improve the chance that all the plants will make it.
Even though I wasn’t sure about these flowers at first, I’ve grown to really love their usefulness in the cut flower garden. Not only are the flowers really lovely, but the developing seed pods make an interesting addition to arrangements, as well. As always, if you’re planting nigella for the first time, make certain to do the proper research to learn more. Thanks so much for reading!