You need to very carefully rub off the papery outside of the pod to see the silver center. In the photo above you can see some with the papery covering still on and some that I have already rubbed off. I let them all fall to the ground right where I rubbed them so they can self sow for next year. They are technically biennial, but once you get them established they easily reseed and you can be pretty confident that you will have them every year. After I had a few stems cleaned off I decided to use them in some of my deck plants. These wall planters have not filled out as nicely as I would have liked.
so I stuck a few in each just for a different look. Have you ever seen any other plant that looked so good dead? :)
This wall planter is way smaller than I imagined it would be. The lunaria gives it the added height it needs. I had hoped the celosia would get nearly as tall as the money plant is.
Then I stuck a large bunch in the whiskey barrel just because I liked the sparkle.
If we get any rain storms they probably won't hold up well so I will just enjoy them for the short time that they look presentable.
I have a feeling that my modem is about to die again. Does anyone else have Verizon and a Westell modem? I can't get a modem to last. If this one goes, it will be my 4th one in two years. I am telling you this so you will know what happened if I disappear for four or five days.