Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Will Trade....

Here it is. My usual Spring post about Red Buckeyes blooming. They are in the bud stage now - this image was captured last week when the spidery leaves were emerging. The little white flowers are some pretty little weed, but they go nicely together, don't they?

Red Buckeye Seedpod - November 2005

I was pondering what new bit of information I could possibly say about them this year so I Googled "Red Buckeyes" and found an ad: "Will Trade Red Buckeye Seeds for Feeders." Really? For heaven's sake. There are apparently people out there interested in Red Buckeye seeds. Red Buckeyes bloom in the spring just in time for the hummingbird migration. It's the first thing they see here in our neck of the woods, so I've let those on our riverbank grow wild. Every Spring I'm entertained by a riot of red blooms with hummers flitting about and every Autumn there are an abundance of seeds, which are huge, beautiful, cinnamon colored pods.

Red Buckeye seedpods in my hand - November 2005

Is blogger acting up, or is it just me? Anyway, seedpods work best planted in the fall while they're still plump and moist. I have a pottery bowl filled with dried ones just because I think that they're pretty. That, and I'm a sticks & twigs kinda gal - I have rocks and driftwood and shells and rocks and feathers and dried leaves and ... did I mention rocks? all over my house. They make for great decorations. Once Elgin thought my bowl of dried buckeye pods were chocolates and plopped one into her mouth. She spit it out immediately, thankfully, and told me my chocolates had dried up, bless her. So here it is - the Red Buckeye Post.


Anonymous said...

what a darling post -- I loved that sweet remembrance of Elgin thinking the seedpods were chocolates!

Daniel Spurgeon said...

It is nice to see the Coral Buckeye again! The leaves are as about a brilliant of a red as you will see anywhere in nature! I'm glad the hummingbirds like it!

Rachel said...

Oh how I wish I could spend some time in your world. I imagine it would be like summer camp for naturally inclined, but not all that experienced, adults. I'd love to know more of what you know.

Anonymous said...

All I have to say is YUMMY! You know how I love your buckeyes. I'll trade anything for your buckeyes. :O)


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