Sunday, August 31, 2008

Green Milkweed Pods for Green Thumb Sunday


Green Milkweed Pods for Green Thumb Sunday


pods of green milkweed against a blue sky




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These Milkweed plants were growing alongside the thistle plants that I have been featuring in the past few posts for Green Thumb Sunday.

They both belong to the same family, so it is not surprising to see them growing beside each other.

These pods appear spiky and untouchable, but they are really quite soft and cushy.

The milkweed fluff is all tucked away inside just waiting for the pod to ripen and split open to release them into the wind.

The birds do not seem to be too interested in them, but the Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar loves them and will eat away at the leaves quite hungrily.

Hopefully I will be able to catch some of them, but you really need to be in the right place at the right time to find them.

Next week will be the last photo I have of the Milkweeds and Thistles - it is one of my favorites, so don't forget to come back!










16 comments:

  1. Impressed by all this horticultural knowledge and ability. I must admit that the only green thing I manage to grow is moss :-(

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  2. I think what we call milkweeds here are actually something else. They don't have pods like this at all. Looks like those pods produce a huge puff. Ours is just a tiny pea sized pod, with an equally small puff. I have a paperweight with a huge puff captured in acrylic. I love looking at it, and wondering how they could preserve its perfectness when making the paperweight.
    Lovely photo as usual.
    Aiyana

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  3. wow ! you sell your photos ? How's the respond ?

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  4. Aiyana - your paperweight sounds beautiful! I wonder if the hot, dry desert air makes the pods smaller. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Thanks for being a top dropper on my blog ;)

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  6. Very cool Kathy, never seen these before, looks like they would be ouchy to touch, but you said they are soft, neat.

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  7. Very nice - again -- and I can hardly wait to see the finale of your milkweed and thistle series!

    Bobbie

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  8. I randomly popped by here via Entrecard, and I just wanted to say... I love your photography.

    You've got a great eye.

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  9. Monarchs are my favorite but they are hard to shoot. Then again i guess any butterfly is hard to shoot.LOL! Stopping by to say hello my friend.. Your pics, as always, keep me inspired.

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  10. Very nice Kathy, so sharp, and thanks for sharing useful info, never seen these before, and may be because we don't have them here. Anna :)

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  11. Thanks, Mothman, I am honored by you kind words.

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  12. Thanks for stopping by, Rick - good to see you again!

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  13. Hi Anna - it is so good to see you - hope you and baby are doing well - will be over to visit your blog shortly!

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