Wednesday, 10 October 2012


We celebrated the Thanksgiving Day weekend enjoying the beautiful sunny, warm Fall weather and hosting dinner for friends. A belated Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers.

Maple samaras

Seedy has a few meanings.
To paraphrase Merriam Webster (Merriam
Seedy is an adjective, pronounced sē-dē, meaning
1) containing or full of seeds <a seedy fruit>
2) inferior in condition or quality: as (shabby, run-down <seedy clothes>), somewhat disreputable (<a seedy district> <a seedy lawyer>)
3) slightly unwell (debilitated <felt seedy and went home early>)

The "Online Etymology Dictionary" (© 2010 Douglas Harper) has this to say about the origin of "seedy":
"1440, "fruitful, abundant," from seed (n.). Meaning "shabby" is attested from 1739, probably in allusion to the appearance of a flowering plant that has run to seed."
But being "seedy" is the end of a successful cycle in the plant world. I find it interesting that something so positive botanically can come to mean almost the opposite in the non-plant world.

So today I am celebrating in pictures, a seedy and wonderful end for these plants:

Virginia Creeper with berries

Fuchsia with "berries"


Berries, seeds, nuts, hips and samaras are the start and the end of the plant life cycle. Every year in my garden I have a number of plant "volunteers", plants that appear and which I have not seeded. They are seeds from a previous season or seeds that grow from the compost layer that I add to the soil. Among this years "volunteers" or "surprises" was a tomatillo plant.

Rose hips
"The rose hip, also known as rose haw or rose hep, is the fruit of the rose plant, that typically is red-to-orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species. Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn.
Rose hips are used for herbal tea, jam, jelly, syrup, soup, beverages, pies, bread, wine, and marmalade.  They can also be eaten raw, like a berry, if care is used to avoid the hairs inside the fruit." (Wikipedia)
One single late bloom on my clematis and seed heads.

Wispy clematis seeds

Late season strawberries

Hover fly visiting strawberries

Echinacea seed head
Asparagus "berries"

Not "seedy" yet but I couldn't resist this Tansy

Sweet peas and pea pod
Mature pods containing sweet pea seeds

I don't know what the small berries or seeds below are, similar to but much smaller than a horse chestnut pod.

Thistle down or thistle seeds

Lupin seeds

Lady bug on Echinacea seed head

Underside of fern showing seeds or spores


Thistles kissed by dew

Seed head on Vicar's Mead

Salal Berries
I thought this grass looked a lot like "sparklers" partly burned down.

Laitrus seeds

One thing is certain though, these creatures think "seedy" is a really good thing - it's their Thanksgiving feast.

I hope you have enjoyed my quirky look at "seedy".

Here is a painting that I finished this week, it is titled "Putting on a Show". It is a watercolour of a Hollyhock that I saw in rural France and photographed.

I had a bit of difficulty getting my husband to stop so that I could take some pictures of this flower, but I'm glad he did stop, I am really pleased with the painting.

Lastly, I apologize for being largely absent from blogland this past week, but I have been busy updating my website. I changed the content, the order, some of the names and the prices and I added a "New items and Specials" page to the gallery:

I am glad you stopped by, I love your comments and feedback.

Happy Whimsy Wednesday, until next week ..............