Monday, September 14, 2009

Money Plant Magic

Money plant (Lunaria) has gone to seed, its flat oblong brown pods clinging to stiff stems. I go out now to my flower bed and uproot this dead biennial until I have a handful of stalks. Then I shake them over the flower bed like a magic wand. Abracadabra. Next year I want flowers here!

The seed membranes fly off and float to earth. A few shakes later, all that remains in my hand is bouquet of silver “coins” on a stem, luminescent in the sunny cool late summer day. Without spending any money on flower seeds or on seedlings, my garden will have blooms aplenty next spring.

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