I'm often struck by the way seedlings look, like miniature versions of the mature plants they will later become. All the basic parts are there. You can see early leaf shapes. The stems are slender but the roots are already grabbing hold in the ground. Most interestingly, to me, a seedling often bears the colors of the mature plant, sometimes pale and faint, other times saturated, as if the color needs to spread out as the plant grows. A seedling may change a little or a lot, but it already has everything it needs to become the mature plant it will be.
Consider the bean. Most bean seedlings look about the same, though there are countless types. Bean seedlings' first leaves are sort of fleshy, and may seem large for their spindly stems. The colors of a bean shoot are pale and soft, a gradient of brown and green with a fresh pinkish undertone.
Some seedlings look mature, like asparagus. Purple asparagus is particularly interesting, I think. The color is only skin-deep - the inside is the same creamy white as the inside of green asparagus. But the outside is a pretty blend of purple running to green, the same colors I love in an artichoke.
This blue spruce seedling is a neat miniature of its mature form. You can see the colors that give this species its common name - a mixture of greens, blues and grays that gives it a smoky appearance, and you can also see the tree's form in the feathery needles radiating from the seedling's central stem.
The marigold has a lovely seedling, I think. As children, we planted marigolds in school for Mother's Day, taking home a little seedling in the bottom of a half-pint milk carton. I still enjoy the way a marigold seedling changes color on the way up, magenta to chartreuse to lime, from root to leaf.
These are just a few seedling types that interest me. I'm very much a novice gardener, and I know I've barely scratched the surface when it comes to interesting things that plants do; even the tiniest of seedlings has its own dramatic and fascinating life story. Which plants do you like to observe as they grow?
Sundew photo from growsundews.com; other collages contain stock photos of seedling plants.
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Annie at Annie Cholewa
Gillian at Tales from a happy house.
CJ at Above the River
Sarah at mitenska
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