Senescent with dignity!

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Hoy
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Senescent with dignity!

Here lots of plants have done their flowering for this year but the ageing flowerhead can be of interest.

Lori S.
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Ahhh, senescence with dignity...  something we can all hope for!  ;D

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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I always have kind of a soft spot for tragopogon for some reason.  Does T. porrifolium - the purple one - occur where you are, Trond?

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Skulski wrote:

I always have kind of a soft spot for tragopogon for some reason.  Does T. porrifolium - the purple one - occur where you are, Trond?

Not wild but in gardens. It is not commonly grown though.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Trond, I like this topic very much, an excellent subject that is an intrinsic interest of mine, about how plants "go over" after flowering, some plants do this with eloquence, others do it miserably.  I have much to say on this topic, so I'm flagging it as something I need to respond to.  I will be back ;)

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Lori S.
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I always leave these standing for a very long time... Allium giganteum.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Skulski wrote:

I always leave these standing for a very long time... Allium giganteum.

Good one Lori, many Allium, particularly of Allium section melanocrommyum (the "big ball" onions) have particularly aesthetic dried seed heads.  I like how if they are picked early enough, they still retain some of the floral color; note the purplish color of the pedicels in your dried seed heads.  I like leaving these skeletal remains in the garden, until they start breaking down, as a reminder of their past splendor.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Hoy
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I picked some allium seedheads years ago and they still have some charm in a vase.

This one is not to grow in the rockery but still handsome of this time of the year, Clematis tangutica.
it is climbing in a rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) and a Himalayan cedar, Cedrus deodara.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Clematis tangutica is indeed an attractive thing... I still see the odd flower on the escapes along the bike path.  Its hardiness is quite amazing too (which gives it great potential for invasiveness, unfortunately) - I see it in the lower mountains in Kananaskis, say to about 1700m elevation roughly, in some areas.  
Wow, I envy your Himalayan cedar!

I like the way the flowers age on Persicaria polymorpha - the colour reminds me a bit of dock (Rumex):

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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I have not dared to plant any Persicaria in my garden. I am afraid they will take over completely!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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I've never seen any evidence of, or read of any indication, that Persicaria polymorpha is invasive.  It certainly does get huge though!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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