Autumn arrives today in New Jersey at 9:54 P.M.
Yesterday, I searched my gardens for a perfect botanical representative of the fall season. I chose this beautiful hydrangea blossom, still bluish in color, but changing over to maroons and greens.
If left on the bush, winter winds, rain and snow will knock some flower bunches to the ground. The flesh of the petals will wear away and leave in its place a gorgeous lace-like everlasting. I enjoy finding these skeletonized flowers in odd places when winter ends. They make good pressed flowers and can be used in bouquets too.
If you don’t trust nature to do the work for you, cut a few of the flower bunches and place them beneath the bush, held in place within the spines of the lowest-lying stems. Come Springtime, you just might find a few perfect skeletonized flowers to use in your crafts and art.