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Nigella is an old cottage garden flower, a favourite for scattering wherever there is a gap in the flower border, but also good for short-term massed bedding and for drying. For many years 'Miss Jekyll' was the only widely available variety, and it is still popular for its dependable masses of sky-blue flowers. These last for about eight weeks, and it is worth deadheading or sowing a later batch to extend the season. Sowing in autumn or in March, in a cold frame in paper pots in cold districts, produces early flowers. In windy gardens, support the stems with twiggy sticks.
Cultivar: Miss Jekyll
Plant type: Hardy annual
Flower colour: Blue
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: September to May
Flowering period: July to September
very nice, i have been wondering when to sow these little beasties thanx
I have grown this for the first time and would like to keep the seeds and try again with them. Do I have to wait for the seed heads to dry and turn brown or is it ok to cut them off and dry them indoors? I would like to use the space for something else. Advice please.
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