What is this? - NOW SOLVED

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Umbrian

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What is this? - NOW SOLVED
« on: January 24, 2019, 04:06:36 PM »
Haven't had one of those for a long time - not a lot of inspiration in the garden at the moment - grey, cold and snow about - so I thought I would try this. Not a very good 'photo I am afraid but that might add to the puzzle.
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Hilary

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2019, 10:10:50 PM »
Are they Alder cones in the snow?
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2019, 07:39:53 AM »
Sorry Hilary but no......
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Charithea

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2019, 11:55:38 AM »
Carole the picture reminds me of 'Things' growing on trees in the Spring time in England. Could it be the beginning of leave  buds on a Weeping Willow.  Sorry if I am a bit vague.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2019, 08:52:23 AM »
Sorry but no to you as well,Charithea- other end of the year and of a plants's life cycle....
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2019, 11:21:13 PM »
Toadstools, still expanding.
Perhaps an ink cap, Coprinus comatus.
//Mike
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2019, 07:50:28 AM »
Sorry way off a Mike - but nice to see some old faithfulls responding.....a little clue before I reveal the answer.....To quote from an old song " The answer my friend is blowing in the wind..."
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2019, 08:06:18 AM »
I'd say pussy willow catkins, but I don't get the dark covering that is breaking-up as the things expand. Intriguing!
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I garden near Polis, Cyprus, 100m alt., on marl, but have gardened mainly in S.England

Hilary

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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2019, 08:51:46 AM »
Don't put us out of our misery yet,now that we have another clue
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Fermi

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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2019, 10:26:31 AM »
Anemone seedheads?
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2019, 07:55:07 AM »
Well done Fermi - spot on. When I noticed them the other week I rather regretted having cut down most of the flowering stems during an autumn clean up.  Anemone japonica featured strongly in gardens from my childhood but attempts to grow them in my original garden in Italy were a failure. When we moved I brought a small sickly survivor with me and it relished the better soil and shadier position I was able to offer it.. now it is almost too prolific and I am having to curb it .
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2019, 10:16:16 PM »
Good eye, Fermi!
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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2019, 05:03:47 AM »
Good eye, Fermi!
Actually a good clue because anemones are also called “wind-flowers “
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