I love flowers, blooming in the garden,
wild flowers by a road site,
freshly cut at a farm stand,
and pressed with love in a Herbarium.
So when a few years ago my friend Laura@52Flea
bid and purchased two exquisite Herbariums from e-bay.....
one for each of us,
I was thrilled.
There were pages and pages of dried flowers.
It was always a double page with a hand-drawn
picture and description in pencil on the left hand
and the pressed flower on the right.
I wonder who this young girl was,
was this a school project,
and where did she find all these beautiful flowers?
Look at all the details in her drawings.
She describes everything so well.
This was in the year 1908 and in my mind
I picture a thirteen to 15 year old little girl
with her head covered by a straw hat,
a white dress of fine lawn fabric,
running through the meadow and delighting
in a new find.
Perhaps she had her best friend joining
in this adventure.
I think she had a lot of fun putting
this Herbarium together.
Over a hundred years later, I treasure it as
much as she did, maybe even more!
I framed as many as would fit in our hallway
and hung them with great pride.
My little imaginary girl,
I think you would be happy with the
way I honored your Herbarium.
It has given me so much pleasure!
Here are a few close-ups.
At the back page of the book was the
terminology of all the flowers in detail.
Reading it, I learned a lot.
I hope you had fun browsing through the
Herbarium with me.