Seeds – Fall Texture

It is the Season of Seeds. Every blooming thing has shifted into high gear to make the babies of next spring. It is the expression ‘Going to Seed’ but with a much nicer meaning than when you overhear someone whisper it about you at your High School Reunion…


The Allium family – best known for the chive, onion and garlic members, there are many non-edible bulbs in this family. These particular Alliums are called Purple Sensation. They stand 2 to 3 feet high, and have blooms the size of a baseball. They put out a lot of viable seed. I originally bought three bulbs, but I now have several hundred plants, thanks to them going to seed!

Old gardeners never die, they just go to seed.
– Author Unknown –


These are the seed pods of the Oriental Poppies. The holes in the top of the pods make miniature salt shakers when the seed is ripe.

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.
– Bill Meyer –


Grass seed – so many types, so few I know the names of! It grows wild all over the property, and provides food to many birds and little beasties.

I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don’t know what to feed it.
– Steven Wright –


Raspberries – Wild ones grow throughout the forest, while tame ones grow in a long bed out back. I pick and eat or freeze as many as I can. Many types of birds like to eat them, apparently more fond of the tame ones than the wild. Each time I venture out to the raspberry bed, I flush a flock of birds who are feeding on all the over ripe fruit that is on the ground!

There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter.  One is the January thaw.  The other is the seed catalogues.
– Hal Borland –