I don’t really have many pictures of flowers to share. The play seems to be winding up to the big finale: seeds, nuts and fruit.
This is what the pecan nuts look like mid-August. These pecans are reaching the end of the first state of kernel development called the water stage. The pecans have some heft. It you pierce the developing nuts through this stage water will pour out.
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The endosperm or watery stuff is like the yolk of an egg. It will feed and protect the embryo as it slowly grows to fill up the space.
Pecans are secretive and like to keep the real action hidden behind the scenes. You might think you are looking at the nuts in that photo but you are really just looking at the shuck. The shuck is a facade. Those ridges are seams that will first harden and then eventually split to reveal the nut inside. That will take another couple months.
Here’s another Texas icon:
And below is a picture of one of my favourite plants: the alamo vine. The seed pods are just as pretty as the flowers I think. Alamo vine is a perennial native to the Austin area.
I did not plant it; it just decided to grow in my yard along with some snail vine. Both vines tolerate shade and dry, heavy alkaline soil. This is sort of what the flowers looked like earlier in the season:
Alamo vine ought not be confused with the invasive bindweed though it can be aggressive and is considered invasive in some places. Aggressive is just what I need for my difficult conditions though.
And finally an empty seed pod from Pavonia lasiopetala, the rock rose.