My vase this week is very simple. A neighbor up the road has Silver Dollar Plant (Lunaria annua) that she tossed in the field next to the road many years ago, and it has self-sowed each year since. Every fall, if I pass that way before they’ve fallen to the ground, I pick a bunch of the dried ‘fruit’ to bring inside for the winter. Rubbing the outer layers of the seed pods between thumb and forefinger dislodges the outer shell and seeds to reveal the luminous, papery interior called a septum.
The name ‘Lunaria’ is quite fitting, as they look like little opaque moons made of silk, especially when the light filters through them.
A native of Eurasia, it has escaped gardens and naturalized in much of the U.S. and Canada. Its species name ‘annua’ is a bit misleading, as it is actually a biennial. The first year the plants grow serrated, heart-shaped leaves with no flowers. The following spring, they produce racemes of purple (sometimes white), four-petalled flowers, followed by thin, 2″ pods of 4-6 seeds, wherein the cycle starts again.
The vase is a delightful, new acquisition that I picked up at a consignment shop recently. It is unusual as I’ve never seen one quite like it before. It looks Art Deco, but I have no idea how old it actually is. The glass is very heavy and rests on three legs.
Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes.
Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.