Everything i grow must require full sun or it dies. But winters ate harsh enough that tropical plants have to be wrapped in plastic in the winter to keep from freezing. Hibiscus is my favorite but hard to keep alive in winter.
My guess is a Milkweed seed pod. [Edited to include image of Giant Milkweed seed pod.](http://forums.steves-digicams.com/attachments/pentax-lenses/139683d1248213905-tamron-18-250-trial-imgp1165r.jpg)
Awesome post! I love seeing herbarium specimens on here. I’ve done the entire preparation process (pressing/gluing/accessioning/scanning/filing/data-basing) with the largest herbarium in Atlantic Canada, and absolutely love when I come across old specimens. I’ve seen a few from the late 19th century, and it is
Strangely enough, it seems you actually did capture T.spacianus in this picture after I looked at it again, it’s just not in the foreground it’s in the background. ^^The^more^you^know
Probably if the leaves get too close to other clusters of leaves, they get less light. The tree probably detects this and grows outward in a different direction (as it’d be a waste of energy to grow into a darker area). Or rather, it
With the aid of [Tineye](http://tineye.com/search/6903965e88a799682f2e87ab6f2c074fc7ad8a84/), I found [the source](http://www.flickr.com/photos/sprengben/6944506917/). This is near Kyoto, Japan, and the fall colors are actually pure photoshop, with shitty HDR blowing the saturation so high that it isn’t clear that the leaves [are actually green because this picture was
I think you’re right about that, [the leaf](http://i.imgur.com/zmoSCZF.jpg) also looks identical to the one pictured on [the Wikipedia page](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelica_gigas). I’m looking forward to seeing the flowers burst out of those pods now!
If you take a cutting and leave it in a jar of water, it will eventually develop roots and you can have one for your own garden. I did this by accident, but my father threw it away because apparently it’s an invasive weed.
This link is down right now, but I found some photos of a natural field of upside down tulips at Shahan kuh in Iran: http://www.panoramio.com/user/1866775?with_photo_id=52623667