Fall Seed Collection

After reading Dr. Seuss’s “Oh Say Can You Seed” all summer long, we welcomed Fall as a great opportunity to do some collecting. Over a two-week period, my oldest son and I meticulously sought out all the best seed caches for our collection. In the end, it looked pretty cool:

Seeds

Here are the details (from top left to bottom right):

  1. Unidentified Weed – This bean-like seed came from a head-high weed that produced dozens of pods, each with two seeds in it. They kind of smelled.
  2. Crape Myrtle Tree – We collected these seeds by swatting at our crape myrtle with a plastic baseball bat. The seeds floated down like mini-helicopters and landed on a Frisbee. They are now known as the Frisbee seeds.
  3. Wild Blue Aster – I love this wildflower, and it grows under the power lines near our house. These seeds came from a wildflower bouquet we picked for Jen.
  4. Live Oak Tree – These acorns are abundant in the Lowcountry this time of year. The big surprise was the larvae that crawled out of each of them. One by one, I picked them out of the container and took them outside, where I assume they wanted to burrow into the ground.
  5. Pumpkin – These are the only non-wild seeds we included in our collection. They were so plentiful and unique…we just had to have them.
  6. Unidentified Berry – I should know the name of this shrub, as they are everywhere in Charleston. They have thin,  yellowing this time of year, and are covered with red berries.
  7. Palmetto Tree – These seeds are everywhere right now too. It’s so cool thinking that each one of them can grow a giant Palmetto tree.
  8. Unidentified Weed – This weed produces long, slender pods that contain about 25 seeds each. The seeds remind us of the food we feed our Beta fish.
  9. Unidentified Weed – These seeds came from a weed that has 3-inch pods with 8 seeds in each. I like them because they look like tiny Chinese throwing stars.
  10. Redbud Tree – I love redbud trees, so I planted one in our front yard – they remind me of Indiana. Similar to the live oak seeds, each redbud seed had a very small insect larvae living in it. They had all hatched before we started the collection, but we saw them this summer.
  11. Ornamental Grass – Not sure what species this is, but it’s variegated and is about 4 feet tall.
  12. Jelly Palm – These seeds appear on the ground after the fermenting orange fruit decomposes. We like to crack these shells open to get at the three beans inside.

By Chad Norman

Chad is a marketing and branding strategist, proven leader, speaker, founder, and author. As COO of Catch Talent, he leads day-to-day operations including finance, human resources, marketing, and communications, as well as directs all employer brand client deliverables. Prior to Catch, Chad was VP of Marketing & Communication at SPARC, he served on the senior leadership team and lead marketing and communication strategy across all products and services. At Blackbaud, the leading provider of nonprofit technology solutions, Chad managed digital marketing and online training teams. In 2016, Chad founded DisruptHR Charleston, a bi-annual gathering of HR professionals for a night of networking and Ignite talks. His book, 101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide, was published by Wiley in February 2012. Chad has presented at dozens of industry events including SXSW, SHRM, DisruptHR, IHRIM, NTC, DMA, AFP, and BBCON and has lectured at Wake Forest University, Indiana University, University of Michigan, College of Charleston, and The Citadel.

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