Saturday, 30 April 2016

A-Z Challenge 2016 - Wild flowers 'Z'

My theme this year is wild flowers. Most of us will be aware of the flowers that grow in our gardens but what surprises me is how few wild flowers that I know.

I pass them every day but rarely look at them. Well this year will be different - even if many of them may fall under the letter 'X' for unknown.

'Z - Zenobia

I wasn't sure whether I now suffer from xenophobia or hadn't practised zen enough until this hairless (at least I can match that) American shrub turned up. I though my challenge had fallen at the last hurdle.

Zenobia pulverulenta
The foliage has a waxy coating, with leaves that are elliptical or egg-shaped. The bell-shaped white flowers each produce up to 200 egg-shaped seeds.

Completing the A-Z Challenge for another year gives us great satisfaction even if at some time or other we may have felt like Sisyphus continuing to push his rock up the hill.

However I discovered there are a series of spiny shrubs under the name Zizipus but I think I will end in India and China where an evergreen tree grows.

Zizipus mauritiana
  • Zenobia pulverulenta; 12 June 2006, US Department of Agriculture, public domain
  • Zizipus mauritiana, 13 January 2015, Jodphur - India, by Yercaud-elango, CC BY-SA 4.0


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. I know of the Zenobia .. and see it somewhere quite often ... with its droplets of egg shaped flowers ... the Zizipus - good one ot end in ..and a word I bet no-one else has come up with ...

Congratulations on all your A-Zs of wild flowers ... loved seeing them .. cheers Hilary

Wendy said...

The Zenobia flower looks like Lily of the Valley.
Woohoo! Congratulations on surviving another A-Z April Challenge!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

I loved seeing all your wildflowers, thank you for sharing. My Z post is up

Kristin said...

I thought the same as Wendy, that the Zenobia flower looks like the Lily of the Valley.

Can't believe it's over! Congratulations on finishing in such fine fashion.

Jo said...

What pretty flowers. Way to go Bob finishing the challenge and finding all those flowers

Bish Denham said...

YEAH! I like those bell-shaped flowers. Now, it's time to relax and celebrate.

Scarlett Braden said...

Congratulations on completing the challenge!
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Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...


I thought I recognised the name Zenobia, but it must have been something else.

Debbie D. said...

I think I've seen the Zenobia. Congratulations on a successful A to Z Challenge!
Thanks for your visits to The Doglady's Den. We all could use some rest by now. Have a good weekend.

Helen Connor said...

Thanks Bob i enjoyed your wildflowers posts please add me to your followers