Each Monday brings the chance join Cathy with In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden.
A month ago I collected three stems of Asclepias tuberosa to dry indoors. Each stem already had formed two or more seed pods 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm) in length. Today I have featured the dried stems in a tall glass vase, visually anchoring them to the base with a few pieces of white sea glass.
Pods left on the plants outdoors continue to look fresh, but these began splitting open about a week ago, revealing copious silky-tailed seeds.
The vase is interesting in person, as it encourages one to move in and out and around the glass to observe the various stages of the cycle, to watch as the pods and seeds perform a dance of separation and escape.
Time is suspended. Not quite free the seeds linger patiently, gracefully, expecting a breeze at any moment to lift them away.
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed)