Whiteout Wednesdays #7

This is what happens when you let me loose on a piece of text.


blossoms in-a-mist

flowers white, pink, or blue star-shape;

a certain plumpness

nigella was love  devil .

charm,  has stuck


shrouded in mystery.



The Czechs  .

impressive   at 10 feet,

like a 10-foot-tall celery

The fragrance  with a hint of anise

made into   teas


sacred,   white flowers

win   romantic connotation.

Each matte-black seed marked with   creamy-white heart.

the most modest   strong heart.


The original text:

Romance in Bloom: Plants with Ties to Love or Heartache by Tovah Martin


The blossoms of love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) are surrounded by a nest of lacy, thread-thin leaves that form a mist (and let’s face it, mists in themselves are romantic). The flowers are white, pink, or blue and star-shape; blowfishlike seed heads prolong the charm. Plus, in ancient Egyptian times, the seeds were advertised as producing a certain plumpness that was fashionable in antiquity. No one really knows when the name love-in-a-mist became affixed. When the herbals—books describing plants for medicinal purposes—were written in the late 16th century, nigella was love-entangle or, less poetically, devil-in-the-bush and St. Katherine’s flower. But due to the newer nickname’s descriptive charm, it has stuck throughout the centuries.


Some romantic names are shrouded in mystery. That would be the case for lovage, Levisticum officinale. Lovage is derived from love-ache, ache being a medieval name for its relative, parsley, which the plant resembles. The Czechs call it libeček, and in Poland it is known as lubczyk; both translate as love herb. There’s a lot to like about lovage. Although it is not a particularly stunning plant, it is perennial, and it can reach impressive heights—reputedly topping off at 10 feet, which would read like a 10-foot-tall celery from a distance. The fragrance is also akin to celery with a hint of anise tossed in. At one time lovage was made into cordials and teas as well as purportedly possessing many medicinal attributes.


Love-in-a-puff (Cardiospermum) was introduced in 1504 from India (where it is considered sacred, according to Henderson’s Handbook of Plants), the minute white flowers of Cardiospermum weren’t sufficient to win this wayward vine any sort of romantic connotation. But wonderful celery-green Chinese lanternlike seed capsules follow closely on the heels of flowers. And inside those inflated seedpods sits a trio of pealike seeds. Each matte-black seed is marked with a distinct creamy-white heart. Which goes to show you: Even within the most modest wrapping beats a strong heart.


Written for: https://blackcatalleyblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/whiteout-wednesdays-7/


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7 Responses to Whiteout Wednesdays #7

  1. It was the 10 ft celery did it for me. In my head though it’s a menacing one and i don’t think I’m going to be able to shake that image all day lol

  2. wordwitch88 says:

    WOW Michael – this wonderful – please feel free to to let loose more often 😉

    These are great bits and pieces pulled out – I have to say, I agree with Jules … when I caught a snippet of her mentioning 10 foot celery in reference to your WOW piece and how she was intrigued – she was intrigued and I was like “WHATTTTT?” ….. LOL …. and I thought, okay, this is going to be totally interesting – after all, it’s Michael! 😀

    I’m sitting here after my post apocalyptic snow shoveling nap reading the entries and I’m grinning because they are so cool and fun and fascinating.

    Yeah, I’m loving the whole thing – and the image of a 10 foot celery and it being Czech makes me laugh my butt off! And I love “nigella was a love devil” – totally awesome.

    So thank you thank you thank you – always offering up some wonderful ideas and entries Michael 🙂

    Cheers! and have a great rest of your week 🙂

    • Michael says:

      I find the less thought I give it and just run with instinct and what might be amusing the easier it gets…glad you had a giggle….yes the 10 foot celery struck a cord with Juls….

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