Cotton bolls, Cardoon flower and three teasels

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.

Psalm 118:29
Cotton boll stalks (bought ), dry Cardoon and 3 Teasels (this plant material is drier now and was used in September posts.)
Stems in grey with small thorn flecks, two smooth, mahogany – brown cotton stems and then the thicker cardoon stem. Notice the different textures of softness between the cotton bol and cardoon.
The cotton boll starts as
a white/creamy yellow flower then in the afternoon the pollen is released and it is self pollinated. Once pollinated the flower slowly changes to pink and in a few days it is a bright fuschia colour. The fuschia bloom then dries down. The young boll pushes its way up forcing the pink bloom to fall off. The boll continues to grow as the fiber and seed grows. Then as the fibers mature, the cotton boll opens slowly and the bracts dry and separate. The bracts are still holding the white bolls on these bought stems in the vase.
This boll is perfectly open. The brown of the bracts is in protective contrast to the chalk white fully formed cotton boll.

Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.

Max Lucado

2 thoughts on “Cotton bolls, Cardoon flower and three teasels

  1. Is that real cotton? We have something that looks similar that grows wild by the side of the road. I must take a pic and compare them.
    “Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.”
    Love Max Lucado’s books.

    Like

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