This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

garden bloggers bloom day - collecting and appreciating seeds

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The seed is hope; the flower is joy.
- Author Unknown

Skippy and I went out to look for flowers. The joy is gone, but we found lots of hope. Every size and shape of seed head and pods.

Its seed season. Leaves are faded laying on the ground, seeds ripening everywhere. Skippy and I walked through the wildflower fields. So many different shapes and types of seeds. I collected a handful of the big purple cone flower seeds. I admired these giant flowers this summer. The seed head dug into my leg through my pocket for the rest of the walk. Skippy collected a bunch of seeds too - all over himself as he ran through the fields.

(Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is the 15th of every month. This is a fun event started by Carole at May Dreams Gardens. I'm always very pleased with myself when I remember this in time to join in. If you head over to Carole's, there's a clickable list of everyone participating this month.)

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Blogger aliceb said...

Striking photos! For me, seeds conjure up the cyclic pattern of nature, the passage of time, and yes hope and wonder. Thanks for the beautiful images that caused me to pause, for more than a moment and reflect on things beyond my normal reach.

November 15, 2009 12:14 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Hi Alice... seeds are a miracle

November 15, 2009 12:20 PM

Blogger Michelle said...

So beautiful...even in death. Amazing...and you captured them beautifully.

November 15, 2009 12:31 PM

Blogger kathy said...

One generation dies and holds their children aloft to be scattered into the world. The parents give them parachutes, stickum, fuzz and fluff. Then launch them from a tall stem to go where they will.

November 15, 2009 1:31 PM

Anonymous Garden Junkie said...

Cool photos. We tend to ignore seeds but when you look up close (as in your photos), they're really quite beautiful.

November 15, 2009 4:51 PM

Blogger victoria T. said...

Everyone is waxing eloquent about your startling photos, Kathy, and deservedly so. Your choice of subject, your creativity, and your wonderful camera are all things that make your BLOG so interesting. It's one thing to have a garden, but to create a world class BLOG with almost daily entries about it as you have is exceptional. It's what keeps us all coming back-- day after day-- for more. We all wonder what in the world we'll find here next!!!

November 15, 2009 5:15 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks Mom!

November 15, 2009 8:33 PM

Blogger Tyra in Vaxholm said...

As a seedaholic I just looved this post Kathy.

Happy gardening/ Tyra

November 16, 2009 10:28 AM

Blogger Kiki said...

Gorgeous photos! A spectacular job...mega beautiful!

November 16, 2009 1:49 PM

Blogger Kalena Michele said...

this rocks!

November 16, 2009 11:49 PM

Anonymous Hammock Stand said...

Wonderful pictures....
I love your posting.

November 18, 2009 12:32 AM

Blogger Aravena said...

I am a third grade teacher, and teach about plant life cycles. I would love to have permission to use your pictures in class. (I will respect your wishes if you say no!)

November 18, 2009 6:04 PM

Anonymous Gaden & Home Improvement said...

Greate Post! very cool photos.

November 20, 2009 10:36 PM

Blogger victoria T. said...

I think this seed posting is my all-time favorite. It is innovative and unusual. Thank yemagodoou for sharing your pictures and your thoughts with us.

November 21, 2009 10:29 PM

Blogger victoria T. said...

Sorry about that thank you word. You can tell I'm new at the computer. That was my word verification word and how it got in there I certainly don't know. I'll have to proof read better in the future.

November 21, 2009 10:33 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Gee Mom, I was staring at that word for a while trying to figure it out. (Now I can't stop giggling about it.)

November 22, 2009 2:15 PM

Blogger JenSwan60 said...

Kathy, these seed photos are remarkable. So much plant intellegence. Thanks for posting -- I think my teenage daughter Stella will like them, too, she loves all things biological.

November 24, 2009 8:00 PM

Blogger victoria T. said...

It does look kinda funny up there--that gobbledegook for thank you. No wonder you were giggling!! I do apologize. In all seriousness this is your best posting ever--all those Fall seeds. I love it..

November 24, 2009 9:05 PM


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