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One of my blog followers asked me what Love in the Mist is.  So I thought that I would do a quick post on this beautiful annual!

The scientific name of the plant is Nigella damascena. It is a delicate flower that has about 25 petals that are surrounded by feathery green leaves. The colors is typically blue, but there are other shades too. White, pink can be found too! When the plant emerges it sort of looks like dill. It reaches a height of 15 – 24 inches. After the bloom it forms a beautiful and unusual seed pod. Here are some photos.

Love in the Mist – Photo from UWex.edu

And up close…

Up close to Love in the Mist – Photo from TimeToCraft.co.uk

If you click on the last photo to get a good view of the flower, you will notice at the bottom left the unusual seed pod. These can be dried and used in flower arrangements, or saved for seeds for next seasons garden!

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I have started to count down the days to planting. Tomorrow we will be putting the layers together for the lasagne garden. And planting will start next week. In order to acclimate the plants to the cooler temperatures, I will be leaving the greenhouse doors open overnight, with something to block the critters from getting the plants.

Remember what the greenhouse looked like 6 days ago? Here is the left side from April 30th.

Left side of the greenhouse on April 30th

Here it is today.

Left side of the greenhouse

The right side from April 30th looked like this.

Right side of the greenhouse April 30th

Today…

Right side of the greenhouse

Do you remember the potatoes from the 30th? Here is the photo again.

Potatoes on April 30th

Here they are today.

Potatoes

These are already over the top of the containers!    I still need to add more dirt to the pots but will not do this until I move them outside. They are very heavy!

I still have some slow growers. The slowest are the poblano peppers. So far only three have sprouted. The tomatoes and love in the mist are the next. The tomatoes are at about two inches and the love in the mist about one inch.

Stay tuned in as tomorrow me and my friend Jorge will be creating the lasagna garden and I will be taking photos as we go!

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My little upstarts have been going gung ho! Today I noticed that tomatoes are coming up as is the Love in the Mist! It is so exciting to see the changes in the seedlings. I will be donating some of the many plants to the community garden that feeds those in need. The last photos were taken 4 days ago, and here is what it looks like today!

Left side of the greenhouse

Right side of the greenhouse

Corn

Beans, cucumbers and squash

Potatoes

Zucchini

Isn’t it amazing to see the difference after 4 days?  Check back again to see the progress!

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