Monday, November 11, 2019

In a Vase on Monday: Withered Flowers

I send you a decrepit flower
That nature sent to me
At parting — she was going south
And I designed to stay —
Her motive for the souvenir
If sentiment for me
Or circumstances prudential
Withheld invincibly —
                                  ~Emily Dickinson


The past several days have been below freezing with snow flurries and a stiff breeze that doesn't want to quit. Now we have a Winter Storm Warning in effect for tonight and tomorrow with 7-12 inches of snow expected and then our first below zero (F) temperatures. Surprisingly, there were quite a few flowers still doing their best to bloom right up to the first of the month, but the cold and wind pretty much finished them off. Still, when I heard that Cathy at Rambling in the Garden was celebrating the 6th anniversary of IAVOM today, I decided to go out and see if I could find anything. No fresh flowers perhaps, but I found the Tansy and Calendulas still doing their best, although sadly wilted. 



But at this time of year even a wilted flower is precious, so I gathered a handful. Instead of putting them in a vase, however, I tucked them away into books to press and save for even colder days to come. 



Many thanks to Cathy for hosting IAVOM all these years! It has been an encouragement to so many and a beautiful way to start off the week!  😊

12 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea this is, Joanna, and you have chosen such apt poetry to accompany it - I really appreciate the sentiment of your contribution, joining in with what you have because of IAVOM's special day...thank you so much

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    1. Thank you Cathy! You are a great encouragement us to be creative and use what we have. :)

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  2. Pressing them is a great idea, Joanna - calendula hold their color so well. They are esp. nice in a potpourri.

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    1. I didn't even think of using them in a potpourri, but now that you mention it I'm sure they would be nice! I was amazed at how bright the petals still were even when frozen and wilted!

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  3. A lovely idea to press them to remind you of your summer garden one winter's day. :)

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    1. Thanks Cathy. :) It's fun to tuck them into letters to friends, but I also keep some tucked away in books which sometimes brings out a surprise! A few weeks ago I was going through a book I hadn't looked at in years and found some flowers I'd pressed as a little girl!

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  4. That's a wonderful way to extend your enjoyment of the garden, Joanna. Stay warm and dry!

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  5. There is beauty in preserved flowers...and your poem nicely chosen. Poems 'preserve' sentiments and thoughts too. I have placed postcards from friends in books, and years later found them...memories are precious. Lovely of you to join in.

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    1. Thank you Noelle. :) It's always nice to find an old letter too. My father has lots of old postcards from his GG grandfather and great aunts and uncles. One year he had my sister and I read through all of them...it sure was interesting to get a glimpse into their everyday life!

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  6. Love how you've found beauty in flowers and words.

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    1. Thanks Susie...flowers and poetry are two of my greatest loves. :)

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