Saturday, May 03, 2008

For the love of - Lunaria



Last year I planted a bunch of lunaria seeds from plants I found growing by the railroad tracks that run through town. I didn't even know what the plant was called at the time; I just loved the seed pods.

Lunaria is also called the "money plant" because the seed pods look like silver dollars. It's a fragrant plant that produces big bunches of purple flowers and unique seed pods that look like silver dollars. They grow to about 4 feet high and produce big wide leaves that are perfect for hiding an ugly foundation. They grow well in partly sunny locations and are perennials so they produce flowers in the second year.

This year the lunaria I planted last year took off! I will be planting more of them for sure.

I pressed some into the paper I make and embedded seeds from the plants into the pulp. They can be planted just like my other cards.

As usual, I had a newfie helper during the photo shoot. She loves hanging out outside on cool, breezy days.


13 comments:

tattytiara said...

Oh what a gorgeous shot of a gorgeous pup! Those seed pods are way cool too, and I love the card you created. Nice blog!

XUE said...

how beautiful these flowers & their pods are! Your fence too!

beadinbythesea said...

What a beautiful photo of the flowers. I love those "money" flowers too but I didn't know what they were called. Thanks for great article and lovely card too!

Waterrose said...

OH thanks for posting this...this plant use to grow in my grandmothers garden and I had forgotten how lovely the flowering is...and of course the silver dollars!

KieutiePie said...

What pretty flowers! I'd never heard of them before. Were you able to test these cards to see if they will grow? They're so pretty!

CJ's Woodland Shed said...

your paper is wonderful

The Nature Nut said...

I think your idea of making seed cards ROCKS - and you grow them yourself which is awesome!

I can't resist mentioning that your newf is adorable :o)

Mary Ann said...

Great post. I had that plant and never knew the real name, I just called it silver dollar plant. That's a great photo of the plant with your dog in front. The paper you made is gorgeous.

artsyclay said...

Beautiful paper and precious pup!

Kitty said...

That pressed flower card is absolutely gorgeous!! I love it!!

I'm so glad you planted unknown seeds, just to find out to what flower they belonged! What a wonderful experience :)

BlossomingTree said...

That is a beautiful card. I love purple.:)

Joy De Vivre Design said...

Great blog! What a beautiful picture of your pup!

AltheaP said...

Your work is beautiful, but I'd really like to plant a seed of your dog . . . do you think I'd end up with one like him?