Posts tagged #Seed heads


The milkweed pods are just splitting open, filling the air with parachute fluffs carrying their precious seed cargo.  Unripe pods resemble bananas, until they soak up a few more sunny days and catch up to their bursting neighbours.

(Photos taken on the Durham Forest Trails in Uxbridge, ON)

Posted on October 2, 2015 and filed under Perennials.

Blooms To Seed Heads

A trio of splendidly sumptuous blooms, become a trio of divinely detailed seed heads!

Posted on July 1, 2015 and filed under Inspiration.

Extending The Show

It’s not enough that our generous plants provide bloom, foliage, scent – many also offer enchanting seed heads to extend their show.  Seed heads add drama and detail to augment the tapestry of the garden.  They often parade into winter capturing snow, feeding birds and offering interest for our winter garden souls.  Above are four of my most cherished and enjoyed seed heads:  the ‘Dr.Seuss hair-do’ from clematis, the whirly fluff from pasque flower, the exquisite detail from poppies, and the riotous spheres from allium.  And my favourite seed head list is long, also including: coneflowers, money plant, false lupine, chinese lanterns, astilbe, grasses, the platters of sedum and yarrow, and beloved milkweed. (Read more about clematis by clicking here,  about pasque flower by clicking here, poppy seed heads by clicking here, and alliums by clicking here.)  

Posted on March 27, 2015 and filed under Inspiration, Perennials.

Magic Wands

The poppy seed head is intricately, incredibly, perfectly lovely.  Sometimes I have a hard time deciding if I like the poppy bloom or seed head better.  The plump globular seed vessels are topped by a petite fleur top hat, that protects the holes where seeds escape.  In nature’s amazing way, as the seed head dries, the mini hats curve upwards to expose the seed release holes.  Once dry, I wave about these magic wand stems to scatter the seeds, 'planting' where I would like next year’s poppy patch.  This works best for annual peony poppies (papaver paeoniflorum), that self-seed so happily.  The seed heads then make an exquisite addition to bouquets or dried arrangements, or for me, make a sweet bouquet all on their own!

Posted on August 25, 2014 and filed under Inspiration, Fave perennial, Perennials.