Katarina, of Roses and Stuff talked about aging, and how different blooms handle it. She invited us to show blooms we think age gracefully or other blooms we'd like to share. First, I want to share the lovely iris blooming away at a time most iris have long finished for the season. Sweet Bay helped me figure out this is 'Harvest of Memories' iris. I got several unnamed irises last fall, for 75% off at a local garden center, and didn't know much about them. Such a fun surprise! The cleome on the right are aging quite gracefully, and holding their seed pods out so proudly.
Some of my blooms have aged into nice looking seed heads. This is from the new blue clematis that is not a climber.
The rattlesnake master is a wildflower I forgot to include in last week's post. A cardinal climber vine has made itself at home on it.
Here is a seed head close up. I like the texture of it.
Here's a zinnia that is almost finished with its job producing seeds.
Liatris and black-eyed Susans next to still blooming coreopsis:
False Baptisia seed pods:
The Virginia mountain mints are some of the most graceful agers I know of.