The seedpods on the Hearts-a-burstin’ (Euonymus americanus) shrub are one of many enjoyable backyard signs of autumn.
This plant seems quite happy growing under our pine tree where it’s dry and mostly shady. I enjoy it throughout the year and it is especially attractive this time of year.
I’m often amazed at the designs to be found in nature and these prickly magenta seedpods and brilliant red-orange seeds never cease to amaze me. This haiku, written by my friend, Beth Bailey, enriches and adds to what I see.
Drop by drop they dip
their nodding heads, their giving hearts
each bleeding beauty.
The seeds are food for birds and small mammals, but obviously not all of them get eaten. I have several small two-to-three inch seedlings.
I’ll be glad to share these with anyone who lives in the Lexington area. Please let me know if you are interested.