More intimate glimpses behind the veil of the seraglio of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' this afternoon. A corymb of buds just opening for their moment in the sun.
Sepals. How could we have gotten it so wrong in our previous post? We've always known they are "usually green parts forming the calyx of a flower," as Answers.com puts it. Our misrepresentation is what comes of losing touch with what's out there -- in the field -- and relying on what's out there -- on the internet. It touches upon something wicked huge, as huge as it gets, where we and our fellow Americans no longer trust our own instincts, let alone our snail sources. "Look to the animals" is one of our blog categories, and "Look to the plants" should be another.
Here's the skinny on the Sedum floral anatomy from the totally awesome delta-intkey.com botanical drawings of Sedum acre.
Really hard to see in the flesh, even when you're taking macro photographs, but the plants don't give a darn what we may or may not think about this or that.
Sweet and sentimental. How small it makes us feel to see the beauty of the earth.