My annual pilgrimage this week to see the wild Pasque flowers on Church Hill, Therfield Heath, Herts. turned out to coincide with the end of their flowering period. They are a bit early this year. Luckily Pulsatilla vulgaris seed heads are as delightfully attractive as the flowers.
And there were still enough flowers to enjoy in any case.
I spent some time admiring their furry stalks and involucres
Most of the flowers on the heath are short and the bowl of purple petals seems to float over that fuzzy ruff
And it is not often that you see such hairy petals.
Many of the plants were well advanced in seed production (16/04/2019)
A freshly revealed seed head is a thing of beauty
Nevertheless, there were plenty of pollinators visiting the remaining flowers, so there will be plenty more seed heads to come.