Featured Flower: Fuchsia
Fuchsia’s delicate blooms inspire thoughts of tiny ballet dancers. One can imagine that over time as they unfurl in stages, they emerge from a tight cocoon, to a dancer in full spin with delicate feet and legs handing down over a gown with arms outstretched. (Their multicolored layers also resemble the layers of a ball gown.)
Dressed in pinks, purples, and reds these flowers have a set of delicate inner petals and a set of stiffer outer petals, as well as a protruding stamen.
Often used as hanging plants, they are loved by humming birds. They are not often used in cut arrangements, but fuchsia plants make a beautiful gift and symbolize verity and romantic love (perhaps relating to their cupid-like shape).
Text and photos by Nadja Masura
I saw some growing wild (small flowers) at the coast near the community of Salmon Creek.
They look like little colorful fairies flitting among the dark leaves.