Seed pods have fascinating shape structures which grow in harmony with the energy from the centre of a flower; and in harmony with the cosmos. Globes, spirals, star shapes, galactic formations (‘as above so below’) designed to form the pods, protect and disperse the seeds. Author’s photographs are used in creating designs with seeds and pods. Future Portfolios will illustrate this.
Nigella – Barrel shaped with 5 or 6 top opening seed escape channels. The top spiral twisted filaments form from the soft stamens in the flower centre. White Nigella flowers produce burgundy and green coloured pods, whereas blue Nigella produce all burgundy pods. As pods become dry they lose colour and change to white/silver. Seeds rattle and pods stay white through winter. Wind movement allows the black seeds to be dispersed. The papery barrel sides give way through weathering and eventually the seeds fall out. They are well protected in the rounded bumper segmented design of the pods
Salsify – Full globe, with each seed nestled in central hub point, with stem extending to feathery umbrella to float away on as a parachute. Star shapes at the end of the seed prong, sit tightly together forming the globe, actually holding the elongated seeds in place which only ‘sit’ in a dimple at the hub. Gradual enlargement and drying out means the wind will blow the seeds off from the central hub when they are ready.
Woad – Droplet, lozenge shaped with one seed in each pod. Many droplets on radial stems, all of which droop a little under their weight of several branches in spoked spiral formation around main plant stem, which from sideways or from above, gives appearance of a chandelier. with dangling crystal droplets. I the wind the branches ‘rattle’.
Poppy (oriental featured) – Barrel shaped, segmented for strength, with 12 pointed crown at top, developed from 12 pointed star seen at the centre of the flower stamens bud. Pods start green, developing to brown with often a blue tone when mature. Attractive large pods used in decorations.