Frozen In Time Behind The Scenes

As with most things, what we experience when we receive a finished product or what we see in simply looking at something on the surface rarely shows what happens behind the scenes. The work, the moving parts and the zillions of steps that it often takes to get things done in order to arrive at a desired result are not necessarily immediately obvious.

Take sculpting for instance…At the beginning, the statue David was a block of nothingness; a chunk of earth. No shape, no hint, no form or template, no instructions marked out in dotted lines…this means that the sculptor had to know what was going to be, as Michelangelo  (Renaissance artist and final creator of David) did; claiming that “freeing the human form hidden inside the block” was his job.  From the roughing out, the refining and the final stages, the steps and the painstaking work are exhaustingly phenomenal in results of the finished product.

With this in mind (although we had nothing to do with the integral design of these – they are just one of nature’s masterpieces), we thought it would be fun to go behind the scenes of what it takes to get the gorgeous roses pictured below looking like they do and staying this beautiful for a long time.

Allen:

“Flowers are cut with the stems left long and soaked in buckets of water for about 2-3 days. When they are ready to go into the freeze dryer we cut most of the stem off, leaving about one inch.

The machine is prepped by setting the machine’s temperature to -80 degrees Fahrenheit. Once that temperature has been achieved, the buds are placed evenly on racks and put into the machine.

Click here for a very scientific explanation of the freeze drying process.

After the vacuum starts its job of removing moisture, the temperature is increased a little each day for about three weeks. The machine has to be defrosted every few days as the ice builds up from the moisture that is being taken out of the roses.

After about three weeks when there is no more ice build up the roses are ready to be taken out.

The trays are then removed and the roses are put into airtight containers to store until we need to use them.”

Maybe now when you receive a wreath with stunning, freeze dried roses nestled in fresh leaves, you’ll know a little bit of what happens behind the scenes here at Creekside Farms and a few of the steps it took to have them there, sitting pretty and frozen in time.

A Closer Look

Life gets busy.

For all of us.

We are running, trying to keep up with what needs to be done, prioritize and do the right thing.

Maybe the saying about taking the time to “stop and smell the roses” is not meant to include just one of our five senses. Maybe if we stop long enough to bend down, put our noses up close to the flower, close enough to smell the scent that it makes (how crazy is THAT?!), it is our eyes that will be given a gift as well.

It is truly amazing when we actually notice the tiny details of the sights we get used to seeing on a daily basis. There are so many things we probably just don’t notice anymore – not through any purposeful disregard on our part, just because we are moving too fast.

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” ~ Arthur Conan Doyle

These are dried Nigella pods and they have an adorable nickname…”love-in-the-mist”. They are originally from India, Egypt and Turkey. They don’t ever open, but are filled with tiny seeds and have been used to season food, repel insects from clothing and have been known to restore the sense of smell. Even if you look at a bunch of them all together you may miss the minute details. I love how the points perfectly come together to cause that ribbing on the sides and that little center, how the shades of burgundy vary and fade in between each point from dark to light.

Lacy, frilly skirts on stems. That is all.

Statice – shown here in white, but is grown in so many amazing colors. Coral, peach, purple, yellow, pink…incredible.

Bravo, Nature!

Um. Excuse me….. Wow.

Hello, little fireworks of the earth.

I was not even a teeny tiny bit shocked to find out that they really are called Firecracker (Gomphrena is the fancy name) Globes.

Look at those individual soft spikes with the minuscule yellowish buds!!

Whiter than freshly fallen snow. Whiter than puffy clouds. The perfectly formed petals crown the yellow to brown puffy centers…they just kill me.

I need to lay on the floor for a minute.

Its name is Ammobium, but it has a nickname of Winged Everlasting which I like much better.

This is a reminder to me and hopefully to you not to miss the little things, as they are important as well. Here at Creekside Farms, we are fortunate to work with so many wonderful natural elements. We too need to be reminded to stop, smell and enjoy the amazing pieces of nature that surround us. Let’s not be too guilty of what T.S. Eliot was referring to in this line from “Choruses from the Rock”: “Where is the Life we have lost in living?”