Zinia from a bud to a mature flower in a vase

Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God your God is striding ahead of you. He won’t let you down; He won’t leave you.

Deuteronomy 31: 6

From bud to vase Cerees Zinia

In this arrangement is the Zinnia I photographed over a period of seven days. It has been on the plant for a further week growing bigger. It is with five other older flowers and two miniature Zinnias one white and one pink. The three Snowberry stalks were picked from a shrub growing profusely over a road side fence near my home. The Curry plant leaves are from a small branch that was bent by the wind. The vase is the one I used for “Fig leaves and Cardoon”.
This plant with white berries has several names: Snowberry / waxberry / ghostberry Symphoricarpos Caprifoliaceae. This is a deciduous shrub in the Honeysuckle family. The Berry ripens from September to November. Here in Britain the rabbits and mice eat the stems and the Vashti sphinx moth relies on it as a food plant in its larval state. The following birds eat the berries: Towhees, Thrushes, Robins, Grosbeaks and Waxwings. Unfortunately for us humans and our pets the Berry has saponins which is a mildly toxic compound causing vomiting and diarrhea.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one”

Elbert Hubbard

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