The Nigella Flower/Love-In-A-Mist

One of the demurest annual garden flowering plant. Its name ‘Love-In-A-Mist’ does poetic justice to its beauty. Known by many names; the most common ones are Nigella Damascena and Devil-In-The-Bush. It is native to Europe and Northern Africa and its seeds are widely used as a spice. The seeds are believed to cure headaches, indigestion,…

Calendulas: The Shades of Sunset

Calendula, also known as Pot Marigold is possibly native to the Mediterranean region of Europe though its exact origin is unknown. Known for its brilliant floral shape, colour and scent; it is also famous for its culinary and medicinal uses. I like to call it the healing plant for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties….

Preserving and promoting natural habitats

My most enjoyable lockdown project was planting a wildflower meadow in a flower bed. This was a baby step towards biodiversity and I hope to scale it up in years to come. Growing something so attractive from seeds is a joy unparalleled by any other. I urge all gardeners to promote natural habitats for the…