Saturday, March 12, 2011

What the ---?

This strange sight across the road from our chicken house caught my eye Thursday and for a minute, I was bumfuzzled  -- it looked metallic but where had it come from and who put it there and what in the world was it?

All at once I remembered a long ago episode (Amok Time) of Star Trek in which the non-emotional Mr. Spock is suddenly ... umm ... in a state of rut and must return to his home planet to find a Vulcan mate. 

Anyway, as I recall it (and this was a very long time ago,) there was a big ceremony when Spock came home and everyone carried  staffs with jingly things on them. Which is what the mystery thing reminded me of.


You all probably knew what it was at once or, at least before I got to the third paragraph.

Back last spring, it had pretty purple flowers . . .
And by summer it was covered with round seed pods . . .

 When the seed pods dry, you can peel off the outer coat to find the seeds and the shiny interior membrane. 

Lunaria, Money Plant, and Honesty are some of its names.  But, at least in its final stages, I'm going to think of it as a Vulcan Jingly Thing Plant.
(This last photo isn't mine.)
 

21 comments:

Marilyn said...

Amazingly dainty wee structure. I have seen the dried honesty flowers but never their skeletons.
I must admit that bumfuzzled had me ...well, bumfuzzled. I have never come across it before and had to look it up.

Callie said...

It does look alien, and at the same time so fragile. Wish we had money plants around here. I remember that star trek show too and that jingly sound the staff made.

Brian Miller said...

live long and prosper...smiles.

i bet it is really fragile it makes for wonderful nature art...

June said...

And, so, Nature makes beautiful everything that the correct observer can see . . . in every phase of its life.

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Brenda said...

LOL!! I love it!! Thanks to you, I'm going to see every money plant from here on out as a "Vulcan Jingly Thing Plant!" That's hilarious. I have never in my life seen one without the papery pod 'interiors' - I wouldn't have known what it was either. Fascinating and beautiful. My first thought was it reminded me of one of those desktop tree things that people stick photos in.

Vicki Lane said...

Bumfuzzled (bewildered, puzzled)was a word I learned when we moved to the mountains. I'm fond of it and often have cause to use it.

Callie, so glad someone else remembers that episode. Evidently it was one of the most popular of the series.

Jill said...

That is interesting! I love the things that you find in the garden this time of year. That has never happened with my Honesty plants. Very neat.

Deanna said...

Money plants are fascinating. I haven't seen one in years. And now if I ever do see one again, I'll never look at it the same ;0

Elora said...

Oh, thank you for this, Vicki!! I adore the Money Plant and had forgotten about them! Need to get some seeds to add to my stawflowers, gomphrenas, and gourds this year, as I wanted to focus on dried flowers in the garden. Again, thanks much!

Elora

Canyon Girl said...

See, now I learned two new words: bumfuzzled and branches for streams. Isn't blogging great fun? I loved your photos too, particularly of the branches and the woods. Just lovely.--Inger

Anonymous said...

I've always loved money plants, but wouldn't have recognized except in the version in the vase. I understand they may also serve as an early warning system should any Romulans ever try to sneak into the farm.

Lynne in GA

Darla said...

OMG! That is so awesome! Mother Nature's beauteous mysteries continue to amaze me.

Kath said...

Well, I'll be flubbered!

Louise said...

I've never seen it in that state. What a beautiful thing to see, that Vulcan Jingly Plant.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

well it left me bombfuzzy (:-) I did not guess its reality and thought it a metal stake of sorts. Great photo too..I am almost done reading your In a Dark Season, very much enjoying the story...another great tale..

Star said...

Yes and very pretty too and perfect for doing money spells!

chiccoreal said...

Dear Vicki: Isn't Art in Nature magnificent...since all is derivative from "The Source" anyway!Remember Spock in his rut, almost tragedic for a Vulcan, considering what would happen to him after he did the nasty thing and although he logically did not want to do it; by obligation and necessity he was required so o do....maybe on some level?

Victoria said...

Well, I have to admit, I didn't know what it was until I got to the pictures of the Money plant the way it normally looks.

Vicki, your use of the word 'bumfuzzled' made me smile. I haven't heard anyone use that word since Mama passed.

Miss_Yves said...

In French"Monnaie du pape"!

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Interesting how it's identity changes so vividly during the seasons. Most interesting.