~Harvest Time~

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.

~Edwin Teale


On many Easter Sundays, when I was a youngster, I was given a small Carnation corsage to wear to church.  Afterward, I pressed the corsage between the pages of my Bible. 

The Carnations are gone.  I still have my childhood Bible.  Written inside is the date it was given to me; December 25, 1955.

I have only tried a few times pressing or drying flowers, since those long ago days.


Rhoda, at Southern Hospitality, pressed a few fern fronds between magazine pages, last month, and wrote about it HERE.

I was inspired to try pressing fern fronds from our patio garden. 

Several fronds were cut from Boston Ferns, in hanging baskets and a few from perennial ferns growing beside the patio.

Even with Summer at it’s end, the color is still good.  If these do well, I may try pressing ferns harvested during early Summer, next year.


I am sure there is a more efficient process for pressing flowers. 

As usual, with my projects, I am flying by the seat of the pants.



I placed dry fronds between sheets of waxed paper and weighted them with several magazines.


These are fern fronds after a couple of days pressing.  I will leave the fronds between the magazines a few more weeks.

I have no idea what I will do with the ferns, if I’m successful; I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I found this link with flower and leaf pressing information:

I may cut more fronds and try conditioning them, as the article suggests, before pressing.

The link below has information about gluing the pressed flowers or leaves for framing.

A spray preservative, found at Michael’s and/or other floral craft sources, is mentioned in the article.

I’ll post again, in a few weeks, with the results. 

In the meantime, if you have ferns or other foliage you would like to preserve for framing, I invite you to give leaf pressing a try.



I was asked about the secretary in the foyer.  It is not an antique; it is by Hooker Furniture.  The link shows the secretaries available. I didn’t see ours on the website.  We purchased ours about three years ago.

The bespectacled reading bunny got a lot of attention in the Fall Foyer post. I found the bunny at The Missouri Botanical Garden (St Louis), during the Orchid Show, last winter.

My friend JoAnn passed along the 417 magazines, I used to press the ferns.  This is a publication about happenings in southwest Missouri.


A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.

~Eric Sloane

Seasonal_Sundays_-_Fall_copy[3] Linking to The Tablescaper’s Seasonal Sundays.


Because the process of floral/leaf pressing is a metamorphosis, of sorts, I am adding this to Susan’s Metamorphosis Monday.


I love this!

I love the kids too! This photo of two of our younger grandchildren was taken by our eldest granddaughter, who is trying to grow a photography business.  She has photographed her cousins and baby brother since they were newborns. 

Of course, I think she is a wonderful photographer and the kiddo’s are all great models.


xinex said...

Great info and beautiful photos, Pat!...Christine

Brenda Kula said...

I love this idea, and I have so many different ferns I may just try it myself. I think they would look phenomenal framed, Pat.

Karen said...

Great information, thanks for sharing. As always I love to visit.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Pat, I am going to have to press some fern fronds, too. I have two plants in the house and we have some natural ones on our property. Thanks for the idea. I love them framed. My dining room table and hutch are Hooker. Good stuff.

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

I hope these turn out well, a grouping of them framed would be beautiful.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

I don't know that you even needed to press captured their beuty so well with your camera!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I remember pressing leaves/flowers between wax paper when I was young, but don't remember how long they lasted. Thanks for the info.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is so interesting, Pat. I have two beautiful ferns at the lake...I'm going to give it a try. They should look beautiful framed!

Wishing you a great weekend! :-)


Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

-chuckle- I see you too, are playing with the STOPWATCH site, which BJ posted. I've had this site, and used it before. But really, I'm so Math Challenged that the answers are confusing. :-(

I just did mine, and BJ's and listed the whole bunch of numbers, in a comment on her blog. In hopes that someone will comment back there, and tell me...... Which is faster? It's awful to be so confused by a bunch of 000000's. -grin-

And I just changed my Background to a very, very, very pale Gray too. From the White I use. Intend to keep my biggggg pics though... With only 2 entries loading at once.

My Stopwatch...00:00:01.730

Manuela@TPOH said...

I love the look of framed ferns! Pressing and preserving erns/flowers is a lost art I think! Hope yours turn out well! It's fun to try doing new things even they don't.


shannon i olson said...

I love my ferns, by this time of year they are pretty bad looking outside, I love a simple leaf in a vase in spring. Perhaps I should go see if there are any good ones left. Never heard of or seen a 417 magazine.

Nancy's Notes said...

Thank you, great information Pat. I love framed ferns, it's such a wonderful look!

Kathleen said...

I always kept ferns in my classroom so I could teach them about reproducing by spores. That and mushrooms!
Well, that had nothing to do with anything. I am off to time my blog. I don't want to be a slow poke! :)
The music is word id things kill me! :)

Chicken Wrangler said...

Love the ferns - we have many in the woods - and they would make a great framed piece if arranged properly!

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Hello dear friend, lovely post and I love your photgraphy, always have, always will! Also love the bigger pictures but how'd ya do that?
Is it one of those tricky "HTML" thingiemabobbers?

Cindy said...

Lovely quote, I have never tried to press fern fronds, I should I have plenty in my yard.
Thanks, as always for taking time to leave me a sweet comment. You are a special lady.
Hugs, Cindy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I like the idea of pressed ferns Pat!
I did pressed pansies for a project this summer and I love how they turned out.

Maggie B said...

Pressed ferns look simply fabulous when framed, very Martha Stewart!
Thanks for visiting NL.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Your post is WONDERFUL... Our bible was "ANCIENT"(or at least a hundred years old and Mom treated it as she would fine china", it was only handled by her and SO CAREFULLY! Our pressing book was a HUGE encyclopedia that we assembled from sections the grocery store offered weekly, I DO remember the it was a big thrill putting that together and after it was finished it was FULL of pressed colorful fall leaves, AND a few 4leaf clovers. That photo of your grandkiddies is PRICELESS! Your granddaughter is an artist with the camera. I LOVE the coloring on the shot too, it looks like a back to school setting. "NOW, I WANT YOUR BUNNY", WOW that is TOO CUTE and I also LOVE HOOKER furniture, I have a few pieces myself and it is definitely ageless heirloom quality and ALWAYS gets compliments...
Thank you for your wonderful post,
Hugs to you, Donna

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Your childhood bible must be such a treasure! Oh this post is rich with possibilities. I love the idea of pressing the ferns. Wouldn't they look beautiful grouped in frames?
Coming to your blog is like a shot of inspiraton.

Sarah said...

What a lovely idea. Good luck with this. You are an inspiration. I like all your quotes that are perfect for this season. Great photos of the grandkids. Kudos to your granddaughter for her photography skills.

Sallie said...

What a wonderful idea. You must let us know how it works after a few weeks.
Love your photos.
We too had a cherished family bible. Momma would let me look at all the pictures in it and I always thought it was a treasure and was very careful when I turned the pages.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You have become such a sensational photographer. I always drool over every one of your photos. I love the look of something so simple as a fern and you really captured the look so perfectly. You really need to frame your "art", because I think your picture are truly art. Hugs, Marty

The Tablescaper said...


Pressing and preserving the ferns is such a wonderful idea. I love the quotes in your post.

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper