Most of the time these days, our garden just looks like black on white. On a rare sunny day it can look like brown on white, but there's really no colour left now. However, we do have a few quite interesting flower seeds still hanging on. Here are the four most interesting ones.
Of our several clematis vines, only one is hanging on to its seeds (and the feathers that might carry them away some day). Just the little brown part at the base is the seed; the white feathers are the 'wings'.
The blooms of this vine have wrapped themselves around an ornamental gate into the garden, and are still thickly hanging there in a cascade of white feathers, although none of several other clematis reveal any remnant seeds.
These unusually-shaped seed pods belong to the Monkshood, a bright royal blue flower that is about the last single flower to bloom in the garden, in early fall, but well after the first frost. I've learned it's very poisonous!
And these are the plentiful seed pods of our Ninebark shrub in the corner of the garden. When it's in bloom, this shrub, covered with white blossoms, is the single biggest attraction for butterflies that we have - see this post from June.
Finally, this Ligularia seed head is one that I find just beautiful - both in structure and colour. There are several clusters of these in the garden, the remnant of the brilliant orangey-yellow blooms in late summer..