Some Common Garden
Thomas, Milton UK
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Images © Chris Thomas
Seeds are a very rewarding subject.
If you are not an avid gardener yourself (and I am not) you are
likely to know someone who is and can give you a few seeds. My thanks go to Jane and Marcia & Co for contributing to my collection. If
all else fails, buy a packet of mixed seeds from any garden centre
and prepare to be entranced!
Seeds are best viewed with a low
power stereomicroscope or with a hand lens. Since they are easily
related to by most people, they are also good subjects for demonstrations
that will be guaranteed to ensure a further supply of material.
The above pictures were taken with
a Unilink adaptor linked to a digital camera focussed at infinity
and placed in the eyepiece tube of a simple ex-Open University
low power stereomicroscope. I get vignetting but am able to live
with it especially as the image size in pixels for Internet pictures
is not great.
Other Micscape contributions with
images of seeds are:
You are heartily invited to visit
my site at
1. Althaea sp. (Hollyhock)
2. Scabeous atropurpurea
3. Lupin hybrid
4. Calendula officinalis
5. Echinacea purpurea
6. Coreopsis sp.
7. Passiflora cearulea
Scale: image diameters equivalent
8. Centauria cyanus (Cornflower)
9. Mathiola longipetala
(Summer scented stock)
10. Iberis umbellata
11. Delphinium consolida
12. Viola x wittrockiana
13. Verbena bonariensis
14. Clematis montana
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Published in the May 2003 edition
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