Friday, October 03, 2008

Friday Flowers: Everlastings

Fresh flowers are available for very reasonable prices at our local markets. In the fall I usually buy straw flowers which come in an assortment of colours. Their botanical name is Helichrysum bracteatum but they are commonly known as strawflowers or everlastings. Native to Australia they grow wild in dry areas with poor quality soil. I should try them in my garden.

Fresh or dried bunches were available last week and I picked out two colourful bouquets for five dollars. I was told to leave them in water for a couple of days until the flowers opened up more, and then to hang them to dry for a week or two. They keep well for many months and are a good way to remember summer gardens.

Our twins celebrate their birthday today and here is a bouquet for their special day. Autumn seasons have flown by since we brought them home from the hospital one late October day. I will miss them but wish them happy years ahead.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:1, 2


  1. I always enjoy the psalms that you post with beautiful pictures. The colors in those flowers are so vibrant in the photos that I can almost smell their scent.

  2. Beautiful flowers.The verse from the Psalms is most appropriate.We always need the reminder that God is ultimately in control

  3. Your photos and verses always put me in a peaceful, Zenlike state. Thanks.

  4. We always have fresh flowers in the house. Small price to pay for such pleasure. Loved your pictures.

  5. Oh those rich autumn colours! I enjoy all the bounty of an autumn harvest and that includes flowers.
    Happy Birthday to your twins. I hope you get to see them soon.

  6. Beautiful flowers. I never thought of drying them. That is a great idea.!

  7. Interesting tip in drying flowers. I must try that sometime.
    Autumn flowers bring just as many beautiful colors as the summer flowers do. I love the deep oranges, reds and yellows this time of year. It's a painters pallet out there.


  8. HB to your twins - time sure does fly, doesn't it?
    The flowers are beautiful - what a great idea to dry them.

  9. beautiful picture....

  10. Beautiful choice of colors, Ruth. Lovely photos and a beautiful psalm to accompany those flowers. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Thanks for all your comments. Andrew Weil says we should buy fresh flowers every week for our mental health. Good idea NCMW!

  12. Your flowers are brilliant, Ruth. Fabulous color!

  13. Anonymous7:36 am GMT-4

    Wow..!! These are gorgeous flowers.


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