Friday, November 4, 2011

Milkweed pod in Macro

 

milkweed pod 2 resize

I am so late in getting my garden put to bed for the winter.   Finally, this week I found an afternoon to get started and the wheelbarrow filled up quickly with spend plants and weeds that needed to go in the garden trash bag.    The milkweed is considered to be a noxious weed here and farmers are encouraged to eradicate it from their fields.   In my garden however, the milkweed plant is a precious wildflower as the flowers are beautiful and fragrant.  The Monarch butterfly lays its larvae on the milkweed so it would not be pulled up here but encouraged to grow.   The milkweed seed pods are attractive too.  They spill a burst of fluffy seedheads out for next years plants.  I did pull up most of the plants as we will have more than enough fallen seed for next years growth.  I think the photo looks like a mini armadillo doesn’t it?   The rest of the week has been a bust in the garden.  I caught a bad cold and so am coddling myself until it passes.   I have spring bulbs to plant but maybe hubby will help me with that this weekend.  

I am joining Laura at Blogging from Bolivia for Macro Friday.    Have a wonderful weekend.  Valerie

7 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

What an interesting shot!

Raymonde said...

I did not know that about this plant.
Get well soon and I hope you can plant your bulbs. :)

lilisview.com said...

It looks very much like a little bird sitting on the beach with its beak all curled into itself. Pretty cool.

Liz said...

I did the same this week great shot.

A Garden of Threads said...

I so want to get a picture of milkweed pods this fall. Great shot!!! I am sorry to hear you have the cold...time to relax with some tea and a book:)

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Val
An interesting angle of the milkweed pod. I missed commenting on your bench, I love the textures and addition of the spider, a real vintage feel to it.
Judith

Bernie said...

That certainly is a very interesting shot!