Dried Roses and New Growth on Stems – Winter into Spring

by Sheila Finkelstein on March 9, 2010




Three plus weeks ago, these six roses were part of a dozen that were an integral part of a large mixture of flowers my son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren gave me on Valentine’s Day.  They were acknowledging the sadness I felt, missing my husband who has been gone for more than two years.  I wrote about the experience on Writing for Healing

Then two days later published the first of the rose photos and wrote about the experience here on Photography and Transformation. A week after that, impressed with the longevity and beauty of six of the roses, eight days after my original writing, I once again photographed and posted a photo of Beauty in an Aged Rose.

I thought that both the roses and I were finished with the photo journaling.  And then, lo and behold, the other day I noticed new growth – green leaves –  on the stems of these flowers that have been off the plant for who-knows-how-long.  

In a virtual writing retreat, or “camp”, as Julie Jordan Scott refers to it, Julie has been speaking of relating our experiences to those of coming out of Winter into Spring.  These now dead roses with the new growth seem to be such a metaphor for that I felt the necessity of once again photographing and sharing this “miracle.”  

All kinds of stories come to my mind. Seems I think in stories much of my life.  A friend says that these roses are Sam talking to me. And, putting all of that aside, I am attempting to cut down on my words.  So I leave you today with mainly the photos and the opportunity for you to share your own stories, if you so wish, in the COMMENTS section just below.

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Julie Jordan Scott March 10, 2010 at 10:43 am

I feel a deep-rooted pull towards leaves, especially last year’s leaves… leaves that hung on beyond “usefulness” and “purpose” and hold fast to the branches, stubbornly.

I respect their spirit, like I respect the spirit of these leaves, bringing life to what looked like it was dying.

Who are we to slap labels of “finished” on something that obviously isn’t finished at all?

I would rather stand and watch and smile and be with that leaf, that flower, that branch that has more life than I knew.

Thank you for the inspiration.


cheryl zapien July 17, 2015 at 6:44 pm

This just happened to me. My husband gave me some beautiful roses and they dried very beautifully so I decided to keep them for a dried bouquet. I was looking at them and lo and behold, they had begun to sprout new leaves!


Sheila Finkelstein July 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this, Cheryl. I had forgotten all about this post and the experience and I was actually going over some of the other “old” photos linked to in the post.

I am curious. How did you happen on this post today? Do you have any photos of your roses and new greenery you’d like to share? I’d love to know what happens with the new growth. Please keep in touch.

Most appreciatively, Sheila


Cheryl Zapien August 11, 2018 at 6:08 pm

Hi Sheila,

Most likely I was trying to figure out how to grow rose bushes from my newly sprouted roses. Supposedly they can be nurtured into bushes, but sadly, my didn’t make it. However, the event happened in winter and that might have been a factor in my failed experiment. Sincerely, Cheryl


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