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Spring Branch, Droplet and Skeleton Flower

30 Mar

1   Decorating the branch with flowers, wooden eggs and little chickens proved to be great fun for four year old T.

Spring branch

Spring branch

2   In the garden centre, one of the succulents had collected a large droplet of water.

Water droplet

Water droplet

3   This morning I discovered the most amazing plant, Diphylleia Grayi , otherwise known as the Skeleton Plant.  Its petals turn as transparent as glass when it gets wet. The blossoms look like something out of a fairy tale, all made out of glistening crystal.  Check out this link where you can see a time lapse video of the white petals becoming transparent and read more about this beautiful plant. I want to find out if I can grow it here in Cornwall but did read  that it is “classified noxious weed in the States grows 4 foot tall. Can’t be dug out. Has to be eliminated by weed killer”  Can any of my readers in the US tell me if this is so?

Diphylleia Grayi

Diphylleia Grayi

 
 

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19 responses to “Spring Branch, Droplet and Skeleton Flower

  1. creativityandfamily

    March 31, 2015 at 7:34 am

    That flower is amazing, at first I thought it was made from ice until I read on! I love the cheeriness of your Easter Branch! Sharon x

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  2. dianasschwenk

    March 31, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Wow, love that last plant! ❤
    Diana xo

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  3. anotherday2paradise

    March 31, 2015 at 1:14 am

    I love your daffodils and the colourful spring branch. The transparent flower is absolutely exquisite.

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    • mybeautfulthings

      March 31, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Thank you for your comments. I agree, the plant is quite remarkable. 🙂

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  4. Don

    March 30, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Magnificent flower

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  5. notewords

    March 30, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I love the little green owl.
    The transparent plant is amazing!

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  6. Grannymar

    March 30, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Oops! The link did not work. This one worked for me http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/diphylleia-grayi-skeleton-flower

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    • mybeautfulthings

      March 31, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Thank you very much. I’ll change the link in the blog. 🙂

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  7. Grannymar

    March 30, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    The Diphylleia Grayi looks like a glass sculpture. I have never seen it before. Love it.

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  8. Judy @ newenglandgardenandthread

    March 30, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Wow – I’ve never seen anything like that. Amazing. 🙂

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  9. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    March 30, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    never heard or seen it…but, is quite beautiful isn’t it!…Makes you a little leery to plant…

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