Before I continue with this story, I need to go back in time to a September day in 2010. That was the day I discovered "Balloon Vines." If you would like to read the posts about the vines before you read this follow up story, you can click on the following links:
These are the balloon vines I captured with my camera last Fall ...
After returning home that day, I researched the vines and discovered their name and also found that their seeds are called "heart seeds," because of the unusual markings on them. When I read that, I knew there was another chapter to add to my story.
I returned to the patch of vines and gathered a few of the pods so I could see their little "hearts" for myself, and I wasn't disappointed. This is a picture of what I found inside the pods:
That picture was taken January 10, 2011, and the little girl is our six-year-old granddaughter Avery Grace. She was planting the heart seeds at our land in Madison County, Mississippi.
And here is a picture I captured yesterday of our very own little Balloon Vine!
I was absolutely thrilled, and seeing those tiny little pods actually brought tears to my eyes.
I e-mailed these pictures to Avery's mommy last night (after Avery's bedtime), and I can't wait to talk to Avery today and tell her about her vine.