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The fascination with the rose has generated volumes of books, stacks of literature, poems, paeans, sculptures in every imaginable material. It stars in mythology and mystery. No other plant is as ubiquitous and as beloved as the rose, and no other plant offers as many different uses. Not even the hyper-flexible lavender.

I am not immune from the influence and love of roses. But I have friends who, sadly, are allergic to roses. So, one day, sitting idly in a lawn covered in fallen maple leaves, I began fiddling with the leaves.  A friend, one of those allergic to roses, commented that my fiddling looked a lot like a rose.

So I fiddled more until it looked much more like a rose, then made a bouquet of them to give my friend.

Since then, every fall, when the leaves turn red and yellow and orange, I fold leaves into roses as gifts.

These roses only last a year or two, because I take no steps to preserve them.  I know, if I allowed the leaves to suck up glycerin, they'd be more flexible and last much, much longer, but that isn't the point.  The beauty of the rose is ephemeral.  The beauty of the leaf roses mimics that by also being ephemeral.

I've had people ask to buy my leaf roses, and when I explain they crumble away in a year or two, suddenly, they aren't so interested any more.

Still, when the weather turns chill and the leaves turn, I make roses.

It's still too early for that this year, but several people asked me how to make the roses. I've never photographed the process before, so didn't have anything in my archives on how to fold the roses.  So I went out this morning, plucked green leaves from a maple that will shiver in red soon enough.

Below is a photo-demonstration of folding leaf roses:

Because I am using small green leaves that crackle and break more than they bend (drought leaves - tough and brittle), I found a selection, but will only use 3 of them.

Leaves to fold into Roses

Turn the first leaf over so the back is facing up.

Turn Leaf so back is facing up

Fold the leaf in half:

Fold leaf in half

Fold down one corner:

Turn down one corner

Roll the leaf up:

Roll leaf up

Fold a second leaf in half and place the first, rolled up leaf in the center of it:

Fold 2nd Leaf and place 1st in center

Fold the corners down:

Fold 2nd leaf corners

Second Leaf with both corners folded

And fold the second leaf around the first:

Wrap 2nd leaf around 1st

Fold a third leaf in half, turn the two already rolled leaves so the open end in placed down in the center of the third leaf, then fold the corners down and fold the third leaf around the first two leaves.  

Repeat with as many leaves as desired

Repeat as many times as you want.  I usually (using colored leaves) use about 7 - 9 leaves, starting with the smallest leaf in the center, then getting larger, and opening the top up so it looks as if the "rose" were open.  Buds generally use 3 - 5 leaves.

This is the finished bud from the top:

Finished Rose

And the side:

Finished Rose

At this point, if I were using colored leaves, I'd wire the leaves shut at the bottom and wrap the stems in green floral tape.

Then I'd end up with a bouquet of buds like this:

Maple Roses

Leaves are not the only ephemeral rose I make.  I also make roses out of bacon:

Bacon Roses

May 27, 2012

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