Tuesday, May 31, 2011
In the botanical world, I love looking at things that are "about to happen." Here are a few buds that I enjoyed seeing today. The middle one, Salsify, hasn't bloomed yet. However, when it does open, it'll look similar to a dandelion, and it will close every night and reopen the next day for several weeks. When it's ready to make seeds, it'll close up while they develop inside the sepal wrapper, then open to make a huge puffball, like a giant dandelion. Besides these buds, I saw the new leaves of several species - Leopard Lily, Narrow-leaf Milkweed, several different Cinquefoils, and Showy Milkweed. Potential excitement for the wildflower photographer.