One morning in late September when I saw mormor in her carefully tended garden clipping rosebuds off thorny bushes I was inspired – I decided to make a flower crown. She told me that these flowers had seen better days, and was cutting off the buds so that the plant can bloom a few more times before winter comes. In my eyes, however, the cut flowers hadn’t passed their verdure. When mormor was done pruning the garden, I found the bucket of roses. I carefully pulled those that were withered away from those in full bloom. I knew needed more than just roses for a wreath. So I started to look in the garden for different types of leaves and blossoms. I discovered that creating a bouquet takes looking at the garden with fresh eyes — not looking a flower as a single entity but looking at parts of plants and imagining how to combine them with other leaves, buds, and stems.
After gathering a large pile of flowers, I made miniature bouquets bound together with floral tape. Then I arranged the little boutonnieres around a thick wire that I made to fit my head.
After the roses and lavender bouquets were fastened, my fingers were covered with the calm, fresh scent of summer. I noticed that the sun was starting to set and the perfect honey-pink sunset was on the horizon. I decided there was no time to do my hair. I put on the flower crown, and I picked the first dress in saw my closet. Lorentz and I walked briskly to the nearest field where a golden fog hung over the grass. We took photos for a few moments until it became dusk. Then we slowly walked home watching the sky change from an array of caramel hues to a blend of peach and violet. There was no wind. The sky was still. The sunset ended with a spectacular blanket of bright magenta clouds — a grand finale that my camera was unable to capture.
As I write and the wind ferociously beats against the roof of my attic, I realize that the mild sunny days we had last week will become colder and gradually darker. The season of flowers and bright summer evenings is over for this year. But, the season that is to come will also be beautiful.
For detailed instructions on making a flower crown, read this article.
What you need:
Flowers & Leaves
Floral wire (22 gauge or similar)