October 2, 2008

After the flowers are gone...

...you can still enjoy the seed heads!

Clematis are one of my favorite flowers, I love their bright colors and sheets of bloom. But their beauty is not over when the summer is gone as their unusual seed heads continue to add interest long after the blossoms have faded. Just as the flowers come in a variety of forms, so do the seed heads.

Clematis tangutica 'Radar Love' reminds me of the seven dwarfs' beards. Clematis 'Dr. Ruppel' has an exotic swirled form that looks more like a sculpture than a flower leftover.

All the clematis seem to have their own unique form of seed head. A word of caution to the garden obsessed, though; you'll find you want to start collecting them all!

This Garden Inspiration was written by Brenda ("Gottagarden") in USDA Zone 5, western New York

Freelance travel writer. My current fiction writing projects include a completed manuscript and several works in progress.

By the way, my name is pronounced fred-ah, not freed-ah. Thank you.

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