As fall seeps into the land, colors change. Leaves fall, flowers wilt, and greenery fades to brown or black. The peonies are no longer on the lawn and daisies don’t follow in our footsteps.
However, this is no cause for sorrow. Fall and winter clear the land and make way for the colors and energy of spring and summer. They provide a rest for eyes and mind- a solemn peace, dotted with harvest festivities, Thanksgiving, and other celebrations.
The solemn peace outside inspires us to carry its silent comfort into our homes and daily lives. Bouquets of fresh local flowers are traded for richly textured dry arrangements. The grasses of our summer gardens are paired with cockscomb, dried lovingly from the anniversary bouquets of July, to instill in us the memory of warm sun once the wind has come. Hydrangea that spent weeks suspended from racks in the barn, graces our doors in wreaths with thistle and pressed roses. Lush lavender sachets send us to sleep with their scent, and evenings are spent stringing rows of pine cones in preparation for Christmas’s coming.
Lovely arrangements, and all the things therein are available at JP Parker. Come in for supplies, advice, or maybe just a chat- let’s share some Autumnal peace.
To dry flowers or grasses, hang them upside down in a dry, warm area- away from bright light and moisture to prevent rotting. Allow to dry all the way through, this may take days or weeks. To press flowers place them between two pieces of parchment or wax paper and insert them between the pages of a book.