Monday, March 13, 2017

Last Year's Seeds

While I was out in the yard a few days ago getting those pictures of barely emerging plants that I shared yesterday, I noticed some interesting seed pods from last year's flowers.  So today I went out in the bitter winter cold that we're back to, and got some pictures.  Amazing the shapes and forms that nature comes up with when you think about it!

This big seed pod of the Yucca plant, which had plentiful blooms last summer, was the one that made me stop and notice these things.  Much of the garden has been covered with snow for more than the past 3 months, but a few things do stand up above, and if they survive the wind and cold, reveal the memories of last year's garden.

Seed pods on one of our many Hostas.  This one grows in a sheltered spot under the deck, so the wind hasn't torn it to shreds like most others.

The seed head of one of our tall coneflowers, bright yellow and nearly 8 feet high when they're in bloom.

The Butterfly Bush, bright blue when it blooms very late in the summer, and sometimes a resting spot for Monarch Butterflies.

The seed head of Ligularia, a bright orange flower, with big rhubarb-like leaves.

The delicate little bloom of the Sea Holly, a spiky light blue when it's in flower, seems to stand up to winter quite well.

And finally, the seed pods of the common Lilac.

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  1. sometimes we just get too busy to actually see the beauty all around us. Thanks for sharing that with us.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. It'll be interesting to see what happens when spring really wakes them up.

  3. The pods are beautiful in their own stark way!

  4. Pretty in a winter setting, with spring not far away. A comparison shot would be lovely. :-)

  5. HI Furry...
    Great post.
    I also have Yucca seed pods at the cottage...
    If I shake them off in the Spring...will they grow new plants? 🤔
    Enduring a blizzard down here in Mississauga...should have stayed South!
    Enjoy your week...
    Linda :o)

  6. I very much enjoyed these fascinating seed pods. Well done!

  7. I like those. I shall look more closely next time!

  8. Hello, these are all lovely captures of the seed pods. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

  9. They each have their own beauty.

  10. What a great idea to take pics of seed pods. Each one is so unique and lovely.

  11. amazing light in some of these. weeds/pods, still so much beauty!!!

  12. I did recognize a few of these. Like you, I am fascinated by their shapes and textures.

  13. It's quite amazing how intricate they look close up, so amazing.

  14. Those seed pods make very interesting subjects!

  15. Gorgeous and creative shots of nature's gems ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

  16. Lovely photos , It is fascinating to have so many different shapes sizes textures and colours to nature isn't it ?! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !