Love in a Mist Art Pack

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  • Art Pack by Polly Law of Catskill Native Nursery.
  • Blue.
  • White.
  • Name that pollinator?
  • Pink.
  • Striped pods.
  • Dry pods.
  • Awesome intern Emily processing seeds.

Love in a Mist

Nigella damascena
These ethereal blooms will brighten the garden and the seed pods will enliven the home.

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The feathery foliage of Love in a Mist, or Nigella, creates its own climate; a clump creates a wispy, atmospheric effect. Out of the emerald vapors float jewels of quartz, sapphire, and amethyst, which give way to levitating seed pods shaped like vertical dirigibles. (The dried seed heads can be saved and used for arrangements and crafts.) Related to the Indian culinary and medicinal spice known as kalonji, you may find mood-lifting healing by collecting the flowers and pods of these Persian Jewells out of the misty calm.

Number of Seeds 100 seeds
Spacing in Row 8 to 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Planting Depth <¼ inch
Days to Germination 7 to 14
Days to Maturity 75
Height at Maturity 12 to 18 inches
Width at Maturity 12 to 18 inches
Direct sow 2-3 weeks before last frost, or start indoors a few weeks before that and then transplant (carefully--Love in a Mist can be temperamental at transplant time). Love in a Mist tolerates dry conditions and likes average soil. May self-sow.

Artwork by Polly M. Law. Polly makes paper dolls with deep personal issues. She uses humble materials- illustration board, acrylic paint, buttons, wire to acheive elegant and sophisticated effects. She manipulates the forms and employs pattern, rich color and gesture to explore myths of deep time and current self. The female figure is her usual vehicle for expression. The figures themselves are inwardly-focussed though their gaze may be disconcertingly direct. Often they chafe at the constraints of mode but who does not also wish for the rustle of silk in their life? The figures stand proud of the backgrounds to achieve a flat/3D effect- turning the frame into a proscenium; each piece a small theatre for private dramas. Her work has been favorably compared to that of Joseph Cornell but in fact has been more influenced by the animation work of Jan Svankmajer, and the luscious patterns, textures and graphic forms of Eyvind Earle.

Medium: Bricolage

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