Today's post is rather drab, having to do with dead plants and seeds. It does have a video in it though.
So let me pull in a bit of color and remind you how glorious are the blossoms of Clarkia rubicunda, a lovely annual native California beauty!
|Clarkia rubicunda, ruby chalice clarkia. |
Locally native in Santa Cruz County (and elsewhere).
|Clarkia rubicunda, ruby chalice clarkia.|
Masses of it!!
Oh the rain is wonderful! And what better way to spend a rainy day than grubbing about in the greenhouse, while torrents of rain cascade down the roof and you are cosy and dry inside, cleaning seeds and listening to a very BBC podcast on The Gin Craze in 18th century England.
Here's a short and very unprofessional video I took of me stomping on dried Clarkia rubicunda plants to spring open the long seed capsules and release seeds, and then sieving the chaff out of them.
And here are some redundant photos in case video doesn't work for you or you want to linger on each step.
|I harvested plants when dried out. Kept them dry (for a rainy day!) |
Stomped in small batches, in a big bucket
|Stomping springs open the long seed capsules and releases...|
Billions and Billions ...
See what I mean about this post getting colorless? -- Here's another hint of how lovely ruby chalice clarkia is in June and July - and beyond!
I can't wait to seed bomb our road!!