A Case of the Human Condition: What Do I Do With Those Dying Snapdragons?


One . . .

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s done. Those blood-red snapdragons are gone from our front yard, and my rock garden is the better for it.

But what do I do with the blossoms? I’d take them to my 92-year-old mother –  except she doesn’t like maroon any more than I do.

I can’t just toss them in the compost bin. They are trying so hard to live, to be the velvety, deeply colored snapdragons they were born to be.


. . . two . . .

I take pity and invite them into the house for their final days.

I look around for a vase. I try one, then another. Then another. Nothing works. On the fourth try, the blossoms and stems arrange themselves artfully in a glass vase.

Jackie O used to say that a woman can’t be too rich or too thin. I say a woman can’t be too rich, too thin, or have too many vases.

. . . three . . .

. . . three . . .

© 2009 Barbara Falconer Newhall

Photos © 2009 B.F. Newhall





. . . four. This works for me.

. . . four. This works for me.

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