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