Bud to Flower to Seed

“Bud to Flower to Seed”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

With the garden winding down now that fall is here, there is the opportunity to study the remaining flowers that stand out because there is so little competition. One that caught my eye the other day was the Clemetis crispa flowers. Usually this vine doesn’t flower that much at this time of year, but I think that the cooler weather and moisture is encouraging it to make up for the paltry showing this summer.

One thing I like about this flower is how different the bud and open flower is. The slim bud reminds me of a chandelier drop.



The open flower is bell-shaped with curly edges. It reminds me of a little hat. Maybe something a fairy would wear in the garden.



The seed heads of clematis vines can be very interesting. This seed head in particular seems very appropriate for this time of year – Halloween.



The different each stages of this little flower amazes me.

It is nice to be able to take the time to carefully look at individual plants and flowers and to see the change from bud to flower to seed.


  1. October 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I love the different seedheads from various Clematis…each so different. Very pretty bloom on your Clematis.

    • Jan said,

      October 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks, Janet. I, too, like the seed heads. Sweet Autumn Clematis’s seedheads are my favorite.

  2. Lona said,

    October 18, 2011 at 8:41 am

    What a lovely clematis. The little blooms are so pretty. The seed heads do have fascinating seed heads. I like your Elephant ears in the background. I have just cut mine off and stored them for the winter.

    • Jan said,

      October 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      I’m lucky, Lona. I don’t have to dig up the elephant ears. Our winters are not that cold, so they can stay in the ground. One less chore for me.

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