Monday, November 12, 2012

Planting the Future


Nature herself does not differentiate between what seed it receives.
It grows whatever seed is planted; this is the way life works.



Be mindful of the seeds you plant today,
as they will become the crop you harvest.
~ Mary Morrissey ~


I'm planning on planting these hibiscus seeds.
And you?

48 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL macro shots Rosemary..... very nice photo work.

    Greetings, Joop

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  2. Great shots, good luck with the seeds.

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  3. Love the close-up pictures of the seedpods I've never seen before. Good luck with the plant! I love to collect seeds and give it a try the next year; so much more exciting than to just buy a bag of seeds. Next year I'll try to plant and grow the seeds I collected this year from cornflowers and scabiosa. Wonder if it'll work, you're never really sure are you.
    Bye,
    Marian

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    1. I'm willing to give any seeds a chance and have often been disappointed by store-bought ones. At least these aren't costing me anything :) Good luck with your cornflowers and scabiosa!

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  4. Des photos précieuses des trésors de la nature... J'espère que ces graines une fois germées fleuriront votre jardin...

    Gros bisous à vous.

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    1. Thank you Martine, your description of the seeds as "des trésors de la nature" is perfect! These flowers are very hardy and it's nice to know I can be sure to see them in the Spring :)

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  5. These images are delightful and sculptural - they remind me of a flower display that would have been on Miss Haversham's table from Great Expectations.
    I marvel more and more at nature especially in macro, those little packages are so protective, they resemble leather bags with a soft furry lining.

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    1. Rosemary, I will never see these seed pods so simply again. You have given me two wonderful images, the setting of Miss Haversham's table and the worn leather bag with furry lining! I was sharing your descriptions with my daughter because they had tickled my imagination and she confided in me that the first photo reminded her of a dragon's egg. I am loving all this creative energy :)

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  6. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
    Rosemary, your pictures are great.
    Lucia

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  7. important phase of life...
    great shots, Rosemary!

    xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

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    1. Thank you Juliana, nature is taking good care of the next generation!

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  8. Being mindful is good advice, as seeds can produce stronger, more lasting crops than those we get from seedlings. Your hibiscus and my zinnia seeds will produce much color, but zinnia can't touch those hibiscus seed pods. As usual, Rosemary, you got the shot(s).

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    1. Thank you Lee, I love how nature has all kinds of different strategies and packages for each plant's seeds. I have one flower that has velcro-like hooks on its seeds that attach themselves to whoever or whatever passes by. We find them in every nook and cranny of our house (most annoying on the inside of a sock!)

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  9. Such good advice Rosemary! The seedpods like so fascinating! Maybe you will inspire me to plant something:)

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    1. Thanks Tammy, I think nature replants herself with or without our consent a lot of the time :) Seeds are literally shot out into the wind, such a gesture of hope! I have no doubt that when or if you decide to grow something, it will do beautifully.

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  10. Beautiful photos, and I love hibiscus syriacus, but they grow a bit too big for my tiny garden! I have just planted around 100 seeds from this year's Lilium regale, and I have around 200 seeds left to give away - I usually get around 70% germination so I can't plant all the seeds I have! Anyone want some seeds?? Sorry, can't send aborad, it will be confiscated at the custom...

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    1. Oh, I would definitely have taken some of those lilium seeds, especially with that germination rate! We're lucky to have plants that offer us such a great return on our investment :) Happy planting!

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  11. Wonderful shots, Rosemary - I especially like that 2nd one - full of promise, so to speak. I've just finished cleaning a flower bed that had become totally overgrown with some perennial flower that the catalog had said was easy to grow (understatement of the year !) - I must have missed the fine print that said it was invasive ! Haven't decided on next year's selection yet, but will use reading glasses !

    ;>)

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    1. Hi Rick, it's always fun to find out a species is invasive AFTER you've planted it :( Just as bad as finding out a new plant's fragility after you've bought and planted six more! One day we'll know it all, I'm sure - not!

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  12. Hi Rosemary, greetings from Northern Ontario. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Hello Chris, wonderful to meet you! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I'm off to follow yours right now :)

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  13. Lovely post. I really like the words and your photos illustrate the teaching so marvellously.

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    1. Thank you, nature is a wonderful teacher :)

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  14. You've seen much beauty in such a seedy subject:o] Glorious images!

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    1. Ha, that is funny and would have made a good title for this post! I'm going to make a note for next year, thanks and have a great day :)

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    1. Thank you Carolyn, thanks for visiting!

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  16. Bardzo ciekawe i ładne zdjęcia. Ja nie próbowałam jeszcze siać nasion hibiskusa, a mam je tez. Pozdrawiam.
    Very interesting and nice pictures. I have not yet tried to sow seeds of hibiscus, and I have them too. Yours.

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    1. Thank you Giga, luckily nature will plant them when we're too busy :)

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  17. These are presents of Mother Nature... I love it, Rosemary!
    Warm greetings, Anna

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    1. It's true Anna, and I love how carefully she wraps them up to protect them!

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  18. Hello Rosemary,
    Very great shots of these pollens with seed. Very nice to see so close.

    You ask me last if I could make a translation bar at the top of my blog. I've try it to do it many times, but it will not work.
    Maybe you can explain to me by mail??
    (marcoalphafotografie@gmail.com)

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Thanks Marco, I will check how I put my translate button on and copy down the steps for you, no problem!

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  19. Let me tell you that these photos are once again wonderful, a great story of nature! congratulations

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    1. Thank you, nature is a great storyteller!

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  20. Good luck Rosemary. Sounds like a fun experiment. The first photo reminds me of the plant from Little Shop of Horrors. "Feed Me Seymour!"

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    1. You're right, Chris, I remember that plant :)

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  21. Excellent pictures! You are quite a master of close-up photography.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Linda! I'm new to macro photography and am a little obsessed with it at the moment, but that's a good thing :)

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  22. Great photos Rosemary, you're very good at macro shots, compliments.

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    1. Wow, that's a true compliment coming from you Irma. I am a great admirer of your photographs and your blog :)

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  23. So true. After the planting comes the waiting and anticipation, especially with plants where we have a good idea fo what the harvest will look like.

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  24. Absolutely stunning! These seeds and seed pods are beautiful. You photograph them beautifully. A feast for the eyes.

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Thank you so much for your kind words :)

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