After our show had closed, and we were breaking down the tables and removing our plants, I gathered all my show plants to prepare and package them for the trip back home. I had a bag at the ready for all the blooms and bloom stalks that I needed to remove. After all the hard work getting the plants into bloom, it stings a little to remove them all, especially when you know that in another week or two those plants will look even better. But, it must be done if you don’t want to bring home any unwanted creatures. So, I began the sad task of filling the bag with all the pretty blooms, feeling a little heavy that they were destined for the trash can.
And then, lo and behold, a club member approached me, a glint in her eye. “Are you going to throw those away?” She asked. Of course, I said. “Well, can I have them?” She was really excited! I said sure, what do you do with them? Turns out, she is one creative lady. She takes all the blossoms and dries them to be reused in craft projects. Some of her handiwork graced the sales tables at our show, and it was impressive! I handed over my big bag of flowers to her, glad that they were getting a new lease on life. What a way to recycle!
By Amy Cash-Allison
It's all about the violets! :-)