Sunday, 4 March 2012

The honesty cycle...

Last May the flowers on our honesty plant attracted a number of butterflies and were, in themselves, a colourful addition to the garden border..

 

When the flowers die back, the plant forms attractive seed heads.

 

Once these are completely dry it is easy to harvest the seeds themselves. This is a job I used to do as a child, peeling back the papery coating to reveal the brown seeds within..


These come away very easily revealing a silvery, translucent, papery thin oval....


The stems make an attractive display..


And of course the cycle doesn't end there..  We are just getting ready to plant the seeds we collected last year, to increase our stock of honesty.

So here's an example where honesty really does pay!

5 comments:

Sarah said...

Save some for us I remember those plants too as a child would love some for my garden ::-)

Colin and Elizabeth said...

How many million would you like, Sarah? I went a bit over the top with the collecting bit!!

ladyjustine said...

I've got honesty growing here... I don't rate it as much as I should - it just does its wonderful business year in, year out. I should be more thankful it is so easy and so lovely!

Lesley said...

I've seen and very much admired stems of honesty with little LED lights entwined as a Christmas decoration. I never have the foresight to harvest at the correct time.

Jean said...

They remind me of my childhood too, I found them strangely fascinating.
Wonder if they would grow in our tiny French garden.