A close up of the top of a sea shell shows the intricate layering of the way the off white shell was formed. The layers of the shell almost appear star like and each layer rotates slightly more that the previous layer, each layer becoming smaller than the layer before it.
Coral Bean - The red seeds of Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea) remain nestled in their open pod in the back yard of our vacation rental near Pawleys Island. They are toxic to humans, and since they have persisted into the late Winter it seems likely that there are no animals there that eat them.
Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta). These will always be my very favorite flower. Along with Lilac, this flower defines my memories of my Grandmother's unstructured perennial garden :) Campanula is also called Bluebell depending on which part of the county you live in, but my Grandmother came from England where the only Bluebell they know is this one.