Seeing how excited I was about finding pressed flowers in that book from the antique store, my father suggested that I look through some of his great aunt Pearl's books, thinking I might possibly find plants she had saved as a girl. So, I just spent a very enjoyable morning going through boxes of old books! I did find many pressed flowers and leaves, along with newspaper clippings, calling cards, old receipts, etc. I shouldn't have any need to borrow books at the library this winter! There are dozens of books belonging to her and her sisters...histories, biographies, and classics. Some of them are books I've been wanting to read and didn't even know we had!
This beautiful poem was tucked into one of her books...
I found pressed flowers and leaves not only in Aunt Pearl's books, but also in books belonging to two of her sisters, Aunt Jennie and Aunt Addie.
Some of the plants I found in their books. I loved the pansies especially! There were also quite a few four-leaved clovers. Notice the cut-out poem in the bottom left picture, titled Four-Leaf Clover.
My GG grandparents...my GG grandfather was in the Civil War.
Flowers I found in a couple of books belonging to them. I'm not sure but I believe the first one is a rose...
Found this in the back of one of the books. Looks like a plan for an orchard?
I also found this old McGuffey fourth reader. The name in the cover reads Eugenia Schubers (?), dated 1859...not somebody in our family that I know of. But I was fascinated by the leaves...possibly gathered by a girl on her way to or from school in 1859?
As you can guess, I'm pretty elated right now! :) And there may be yet more to find. It was definitely a morning well spent!
I am a passionate gardener and seed-saver, who also enjoys playing the violin and accordion, running, spending time with my 4 golden retrievers, keeping chickens, photography, and reading.