Sharon's blog: Raindrops and seed pods

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 8:45 PM

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When I first glanced through my kitchen window and saw it through the raindrops, I thought it might be a sleeping cardinal, glistening through the dark green of the magnolia tree.  It was a really rainy day for the birds to be flitting around, though, and the odd thing about this vision in red was that it didn't move. 

I had to take Sunshine out for her early morning walk anyway, so I grabbed my camera as I walked out into the drizzle.  Gloomy day, a really dark and gloomy day.  By the time I got Sunshine on her cable, grabbed the camera out of my pocket and turned to look at the mysterious red thing, I was sure it had flown away, but no, there it was, sitting on the limb of the magnolia, a seed pod.  I tell you what, it's just about the only color in my yard right now.  Green, lots of green, but I was really glad to see the red seed pod.  Funny that I first thought it was a sleeping cardinal.

I turned and glimpsed another bit of red, but I knew exactly what it was, the old hibiscus, Rose Mallow, standing tall in the corner of the upper garden, right beside the last blooms of the butterfly bush.  One of them needs to be moved before next summer.  I haven't decided yet which one it will be.

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Nice seeing the black seed pods on the redbud tree, nice contrast to the green shades in the foliage.  And though a reddish brown, the seed pods on the mimosa are pretty with that delicate foliage, too.  Everything is dripping wet, and by this time, so am I.

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The daylily foliage is still green, but slowing down now with brown and yellow tones creeping in.  It's awhile before we get frost, if I cut them back now, they'll just grow right back again.  I think I might save that chore for last.

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Seed pods are everywhere, the critters should be happy this winter if I leave only a few of them.  Wisteria, Golden Raintree, Yucca, Redbud, Mimosa - I have no idea what eats yucca seeds, but surely something.

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