Travel Theme: Transformation

Honesty (Lunaria annua) is an annual which has lovely bright spikes of purple or white fragrant flowers in summer.

honesty flower
Honesty / Lunaria annua

In winter the seed pods are round (moon-shaped) and when the skin drops off to release the seeds, a lovely translucent silver disc is left. Called ‘The Money Plant’, ‘Silver Dollars’, or ‘Chinese coins’.

honesty seeds
Honesty Seed Heads

Quite a transformation.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

35 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Transformation”

  1. Oh my gosh Jude– have seen the silver dollars many, many times but had NO idea they actually flowered!! Loved your choice as that is indeed one of the most profound transformations i’ve ever seen! Thanks for solving the long-standing question for me! Lovely photos

  2. Great post for this theme Jude, it is ages since I’ve seen any honesty plants. I remember them from my childhood, my Dad was a great gardener and my Mam used to have the dried seed pods in a vase during winter. Brings back good memories

  3. You know, you’ve taught me something today Jude, I had no idea that those pretty silver ‘coins’ came from Honesty! Beautiful photos as always… 🙂 xx

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