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Show Me the Money


Last year I took a picture of this ugly pole in order to catch the rainbow behind it, because the colours were so bright. A couple of days ago there was a rainbow in the same place but not quite as bright. I’m borrowing the old photo to make my point.

They say there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, so I went looking for it.

I started looking on my back deck and found the pot. It didn’t quite have “gold” in it, but close enough. It had money in it. They say money doesn’t grow on trees, but it grows on the lunaria plant, otherwise known as the money plant.

When you look at the plant’s leaves and flowers, there is no money to be seen, but once the flowers go to seed, the plant’s stalks no longer carry flowers but their seeds, enclosed in pods the shape of silver dollars. This lunaria has been in the same pot all winter. Its seeds from last year have mostly fallen out of the dollar-shaped pods and have re-seeded the plant. Some of the plants appear to have come up from the old roots as well.

So, in a way, I did find a pot of “gold” after seeing the rainbow.

This particular lunaria is from plants that were grown by the people whose house we bought back in 1980. I brought a few seeds of those plants with me to every place we’ve lived since then and they are still going strong.

This is one thing I love about plants and gardening. There is a story attached to many of the plants in our gardens.

Do you have a plant story you’d like to share?

Author: wordsfromanneli

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18 thoughts on “Show Me the Money

  1. That’s better than “gold”!

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  2. I am still looking for the tree that spouts $100.00 bills 🙂
    Cheers !

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  3. I’d rather have this than the gold!

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  4. That is gorgeous. I need a plant like that. But–about the ugly pole. Open up your Photoshop and you can erase it in 5-10 minutes, replace it with sky that looks normal. It’s pretty easy. I teach my middle schoolers to do it!

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  5. I should do that – get rid of that pole. The plant is really easy to grow. I don’t do much to help it along.


  6. How wonderful! 🙂

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  7. Pretty, but not money. I’m not a gardener, but my mom did what you do and had lots of plants with stories behind them.

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  8. Some of those plants and stories can go on for many years.


  9. I love Lunaria! I have a bag of seeds that I need to plant. It is already a little late, but what the heck, I’ll give it a try! Thank you for sharing the lovely pics.

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  10. I’m sure you’ll still get beautiful flowers and then next year you don’t have to do anything. They are biennials. They are really good at reseeding themselves.


  11. Lovely rainbow and pot of gold. Rarely see rainbows anymore.


  12. Great to see the rainbow and the real pot of money beneath it, gave me a big smile. I love lunarias, and I like that you have repropagated it at all your homes.

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