I first showed pictures of this flower on June 5, quite a little dialogue ensued because another blogger, Dances of Dreams, had a yellow flower in bud that she was trying to identify.
Because of that whole discussion I realized that it's not always (ever?) obvious what the buds of some fully opened flower might look like. So I've been looking for examples of the buds and seeds of the Goatsbeard Tragopogon pratensis, and now I have them.
See the long thin buds concealed in plain sight against the grass? When this flower first begins to grow it can really hide!
When it starts to open then it's much easier to see against a green background! The middle of the life story is at The Yellow Flower.
I guess one reason I like this flower is that the seed head is such a surprise to me. It's easy to see how a dandelion can make a spherical mass of seeds with "silk." These flowers look too simple to me to produce this spectacular seed head, which can be 3-5 inches in diameter!
Finally, here's a closeup of one quarter of the head. I just love the symmetry in it!
Tomorrow will be this month's contest for a free ad. Get ready to guess or research some more new words.
P.S. I've added an update at the bottom of yesterday's post.
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