Going to Seed

“The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies.”

Gertrude Jekyll


Many of my garden flowers are now over, and producing wonderful seedheads in various shapes and patterns. Let’s take a closer look at some of them!

The Physalis alkekengi  (Lampionblume) seed capsules have started turning orange already and lend an autumny feel to the garden. They are related to the Cape Gooseberry, but are not edible and are extremely hardy (and invasive!)…

Nigella damascena – beautiful seed pods, and edible seeds…

Rosehips glisten and remind me that the summer is drawing to an end…

Day Lily seed pods still looking so fresh and green…

Cranesbill, (Storchschnabel) with its beautiful curves…

Clematis – almost as beautiful as the flowers themselves, these hair-like seedheads are a pretty garden ornament


All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today


Don’t stop sowing just because the birds ate a few seeds.

(Danish Proverb)


30 thoughts on “Going to Seed

  1. Very interesting post. Clematis is nice at this stage. Physalis alkekengi (Chinese lantern) is so attractive, but I had to turn some down once warned it was “aggressive.”

  2. Now as I begin to grow old gracefully, your post encourages me that going to seed may be the most beautiful time of my life. Many thanks! 🙂

    • I collect a little nigella, and hollyhock seeds, but a lot sows itself. I have also started saving some fennel seeds – to eat! Apart from that nature is left to itself… I cut a few things down in autumn, but as late as possible. 😀

  3. Seedheads in our gardens are indicating the near end of summer – and there is a feeling of
    happiness, gratitude and melancholy all at the same time…
    I´m grateful to my parents for sowing the love of gardening so deep into my heart. I love the
    quote of Gertrude Jekyll. The older I get the more I need gardening to be happy.

  4. Stunning! I love seeds heads, and I think my favourite photo is the clematis, but only think as there were so many great shots to choose from.
    And the line ” All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today” is simply superb!! Thank you 🙂

    • Thanks for such a lovely comment Claire! I love clematis seedheads but my favourite this year was the cranesbill… simply because I had never really noticed it before! 😀

  5. Hi Cathy! 🙂 How absolutely beautiful!!! I especially like the last one. I never paid much attention to seed heads until I started to leave them for the birds and then for me since I save some for myself. Some of the seeds ( The one’s that last through the winter) I just randomly throw in selected areas for a random effect, it is fun but now I may be getting too random…its becoming more of a science experiment really.
    I hope you don’t mind if I tweet this…birds love seeds, you know. 😉

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