Monday, June 10, 2013
In spring are already signs of decay
Spring's early-bloomers have already developed seed pods or hips, the “fruit” part of the flower. I’ve also discovered that while I can identify a fair number of flowers when they are blooming, once those blooms fade, so does my identification skill.
Are these the hips of dame’s rocket, of wild pink? Perhaps something else? I don’t know the answer, and for that I blame my flower ID books. They show all kinds of flowers in bloom, but have virtually no information about how those same plants look after they are done blooming. Perhaps it’s the birdwatcher in me who knows birds have multiple plumages depending on their age and gender, and I expect to find photos of each of those in my bird books. So why are wildflower books only about the flowers and not the rest of the plant, before and after the blooms? Aren’t those “plumages” too?
So I am unable to positively identify these flower fruits, today. The lack will bother me until I can figure it out—unless one of my gentle readers can provide an identification and save me from hours of research through a mind-numbing array of reference guides? Ah well, if not, you’ll simply have to wait until I can figure it out.