Donna of Garden Walk Garden Talk beautifully describes 'Tracery in the Landscape' in her Word4Wednesday meme today. She illustrates the word with stunning photographs which I can not begin to emulate. Here is my simple response to Donna's challenge, just one of the plants in my garden: Physalis alkekengi Chinese lantern.
My first Chinese lantern was given to me by my Master Gardener friend, Karen. It is a herbaceous perennial plant that I grow for my grandchildren. They love the bright orange papery coverings over its fall fruit that truly resemble real Chinese lanterns.
Recently I was clearing the flower beds--early because of the mild weather--and found this lantern with its beautiful tracery. The papery husk has skeletonized, and its orange fruit is still visible. I guess it survived because of the winter that wasn't, and because it was protected from birds by dried grasses.
I hope you are enjoying spring in your garden!
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