I love my garden. From early spring until late autumn, it erupts into a cacophony of life. There are dragonflies, butterflies, robins, hummingbirds and bees. Flowers bud, bloom and ripen into edible masterpieces.
Flowers are actually fascinating. You probably know that they come complete with their own male and female organs. Perhaps you know that every flower forms a seed. But do you know about composite flowers? Flowers such as the daisy, sunflower, chrysanthemum, aster or dandelion?
The picture above is not actually one flower. It’s a field of teeny, tiny flowers. A composite flower looks like a single flower; instead it is actually hundreds of tiny little flowers, mounted on a disk, held aloft upon a single stalk. Each flower in the center eventually becomes a seed.
So, what are the petals around the edge? They’re one giant flower, right? Nope. Each petal is actually its own flower (called a ray flower). What purpose do the ray flowers serve? Are they just waving beacons, signaling the need for pollinization? Or were these unique structures placed in an orderly arrangement around a disk of minute fertile flowers because they create beauty?
“Through everything God made, they [people] can clearly see his invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature.” Romans 1:20b
Have you explored creation with your kids today? God painted us a picture of His majesty, His order and brilliance. Go take a look.
~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is a children’s writer with a love for God’s Word, history, wisdom and small people. Her work has appeared in magazines including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse, Clubhouse Jr. and Thriving Family; Upper Room Ministries’ Pockets and Devozine; CBH Ministries’ Keys for Kids, and Cobblestone Group’s FACES and Odyssey. Her work also appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters.