Wednesday Vignette – origami pod

For as much as I like the actual Fritillaria bloom, I almost like its origami-like seed pod even more. Perfectly geometrical, and finished off with six little “fins” that radiate out from the center. Hope there are some good seeds in there – I would love to see more of this one in future years. Many more…


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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17 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – origami pod

  1. Peter Herpst says:


  2. Alison says:

    I love them too. So many plants have interesting seed pods. I did a WV today:

    • annamadeit says:

      I had a friend who used to make the most amazing wreaths with various seed pods. She was the one who first made me truly “see” them. What a gift!

  3. I love the different shapes, colors, textures of seedpods. I picked up quite a few Banksia pods when I was in Davis, CA, recently. That trip is where my vignette today originated.

  4. Kris P says:

    It’s so wonderful when a plant has a great second act!

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    I never really payed much attention to them. They are not common here. I notice the funny poppy pods only because I want the seed from them. The money plant also makes cool pods (of course). We have a native iris here that makes skimpy flowers that I do not notice (nothing like the San Francisco iris), but then they make these weird fat green pods that split open to reveal a handful of red or orange M&M like seeds.

    • annamadeit says:

      I wonder if those are Iris foetida – the not very kindly named Stinking Iris. I have several in my garden. The flowers have a nice form but are a bit subdued in color – until those fabulous berries take over and carry the show. About any particular “stink” – I honestly haven’t noticed!

      • tonytomeo says:

        Yes! I recognize the name. I do not know if they are the precise species, but that is what one of the other horticulturists called it. I do not seem them as much in the wild as I see them as a weed in landscapes near forested areas, as if they move into the landscapes, and like it more than the forest.

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