I am a reasonably observant person and was stunned the other day when I saw some flowers I’d never seen before. I posted these in Floral Friday asking if anybody knew what they were. No-one did and Sharon suggested that perhaps I was playing a joke. It got me thinking – perhaps someone had attached them as Christmas decoration to the tree and the laugh was on me. I returned to check it out. Along the way I saw some other flowers I’d not seen before with this seed pod being one.
that had started life
with small yellow flowers before the long seed pod formed.
Then I saw these little fellows. Were these how my flower had started and what appropriate colouring for a flower at Christmas time. I looked to see if I could find what they morphed into.
and found on a different tree what could certainly have been the end of the plant I was looking for.
And found some conclusive evidence. The dried dead remains along with a couple that were still in their live glorious state.
The bush went high and it was obvious their time was almost done as those higher up were of the dead dried variety.
Spiders found them attractive.
I compared the leaf and concluded that my two flowers had no relationship to each other apart from their habitat at the waters edge.
and the same variety dried and near the end.
Then I came across my tree from the other day. There were no old flowers on this one and the flowers climbed high on spindly lichen covered branches.
A close up of the attachment shows it was nature not man that put it here.
So were they real. Most definitely they are and now I have two trees I would like to identify not just the one with the waxy red hat covering an olive like ball.