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 —
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! 😊