10.12.2022 Garden Floss

For several years now Mary Beth has agreed to our having milkweed line our driveway as well as grow at the side of the house.  The last few she has allowed it into her vegetable garden and we have about two dozen plants in there. We have never planted milkweed seeds so all our plants have grown here naturally. Probably wind blown. This year there were many Monarch butterfly visits and a few caterpillars were seen on the leaves.  I did not find any chrysalises but imagine there must have been one or two.  On Monday past  I took advantage of the seeds for a little photography.

My initial intent was a black and white image but decided that I enjoyed the warm soft background so color it is.

Milkweed silk or floss is good for more than plant procreation although that obviously is its main function.  The floss can be used for cushion or pillow fill and in flotation equipment such as life vests for boaters. It can support many times its own weight in water, I read 30x, which makes it a good floater.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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19 Responses to 10.12.2022 Garden Floss

  1. I met a man who was a child during WWII and he said kids were asked to collect milkweed for life jackets.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I’m constantly amazed by the variety of patterns milkweed floss can take. There’s something about this angular symmetry that seems familiar, but I can’t pinpoint what it is. No matter; it’s quite an appealing photo.

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  3. Wally Jones says:

    Great photograph! I like the warm colors, too.

    Fascinating details in these plants and I’ve spent quite a while admiring them. Gini used to be a floral designer, and this was one of her favorites with which to work.

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    • I’ve not seen milkweed in a flower arrangement but imagine it must be striking. I remember years ago being told to use hairspray to keep cattail seeds from exploding and guess that would help milkweed floss from spreading from a bouquet.
      Thanks, Wally!


  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Probably the most photogenic of seed heads, hardly ever a displeasing take. Your patch is growing, fortunate for future visitors!

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    • At first Mary Beth wasn’t a fan of milkweed but it has gown on her as has the frequent monarch visitations it provides. She now agrees with doing the deadheading in spring rather than fall and we allow the dried plants to stand through the winter for all the bees and others who use them for shelter.

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  5. Nice capture, Steve, and yes the rich colors in the background are a bonus! I love the endless variations of how those seeds and the silk spread out once the pod pops.

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  6. Todd Henson says:

    Glad to hear about the monarchs in your yard, I hope that continues. I had no idea about the various uses for this silk. Fascinating.

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  7. Great close-up! Our rainy summer had the milkweed looking good this past year, so I’m hoping it comes back strong next year too.

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  8. What a stellate milkweed.

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