Add cheer to winter with this mix of vibrantly-colored dried flowers.
While there is no hiding from the universal truth of impermanence, there are places to find respite. Everlasting flowers are one such foothold: they are something beautiful that lasts. The blooms delight us in the garden from mid-summer on, and when harvested and dried they keep their bright, cheerful tones throughout the colder months. Alas, after a year or two of exposure to ambient light, the blooms begin a slow process of fading: everlasting in name only, they, too, must eventually cede to impermanence.
Each year, Hudson Valley Seeds commissions contemporary artists from around the United States to tell the story of a particular seed variety. That art and those seeds combine to create an Art Pack, a unique celebration of the diverse stories of seeds and their stewards.
Artwork by Annie Rochelle. Annie's watercolor-and-ink rendering of this mix captures the flowers at peak freshness, just before they would be harvested for drying, while its pale palette suggests the muted tones of the dried blooms.