Saturday, December 5, 2009

Serendipitous Harvest

On Mother's Day, my 'buttercup' plant flowered for the first time. The butterflies were on holiday that day, so the flowers just dried up and fell. In the months to follow, there were a few more flowers, one of which even got to the fruiting stage, but the one day when I did not check on their progress was the day the fruits chose burst and scatter the seeds where I could not find them.

The last month has been chaotic to say the least, and though I did see the two buttercup flowers, I didn't really take them in. Without my even being aware of it, the flowers fertilized, the fruit grew, and the seeds matured. On Wednesday, I was at home nursing a cold, and thought meeting my plants would be a good way to cheer myself up.

Guess what I found- two fruit, with the seeds exposed, but the seeds still intact.

I paused only long enough to take a picture before harvesting the seeds.

I hope at least some of them germinate - these false buttercups are my one of my favourite flowers after all!


Jan Morrison said...

lovely pictures. Yes, it is easy to miss time's sweet passing moments isn't it?

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Thanks, Jan. The pictures came out pretty well, if I say so myself.


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