Dried Roses

old-rose

You would think I would learn my lesson.

I have bought these miniature roses several times; they’re just too pretty to resist. Every time, they last about two weeks then they dry up and die.

As I was watering my plants, I was disappointed to find that my roses had perished.

Then I took a second look.

Even this lifeless flower is beautiful.

Petals turned Pink

pink petals

Not only the leaves change colours in early fall.

Each time I walk out the front door, I am greeted by pretty pink hydrangea. The cooler weather has turned their pale petals to a soft pink.

My mother cuts these and keeps them throughout the winter. I have planted some of my own so that I might do the same.

Although I do not welcome the drop in temperatures, there is beauty to be found in the changing of seasons.

One Flower

african-daisy

I thought I had killed it.

This beautiful flower I had bought to brighten my garden. I thought I had killed it with neglect.

I forgot to water it, deadhead it, give it sunlight. I bought the pot, set it out, and forgot about it. I was beginning to think I truly had a black thumb.

Last week, I transferred it to a new pot and gave it water. I did not have any hope or illusion that it would bloom again.

But it did. There is only one flower, but there is one.