A Warmer Snowflake

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)

 

Once in bloom, Nigella’s flower bears less resemblance to a dim sum delicacy than it does to a delicate snowflake. With winter snowflakes swirling around my window and icicles forming on the birdbaths and railings, this late spring “snowflake” becomes an especially pleasing reminder of a more colorful –and warmer — season to come. While it blooms in several colors, including lavender, yellow, blue, and pink, I’m especially fond of the white.

 

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A Flower To Feed The Heart

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)

The old-fashioned garden annual known as Love-in-a-mist takes its name from the delicate, asparagus-like foliage that surrounds the flowers both in bud and in bloom.

But asparagus doesn’t come to mind when I encounter Nigella’s bud. Instead, I see the shape of my favorite dumpling: char siu bao, a pork-filled delight I first met in San Francisco’s Chinatown, where I was introduced to Dim Sum.

Dim Sum is variously translated as “dot heart,” “to touch the heart,” or “a light touch on the heart.” As part of a garden buffet, Love-in-a-mist provides that touch as well.

 

 

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