Cabbage flower, deconstructed

Cabbage flower head | Wolves in LondonCabbage flower dying | Wolves in LondonCabbage flower stalk | Wolves in LondonDead leaf tip | Wolves in LondonDeconstructed cabbage flowerNo, not the name of the winning dish in a Masterchef final, but rather my growing obsession with endlessly photographing lovely dead crap.

There is a new market stall at the end of our road selling flowers on Saturdays and Sundays for pretty bargainous prices and I just can’t resist when I walk by.

I bought a nice bouquet a few weeks ago, including a single stem of a purple cabbage flower. I’m a big fan of the cabbage flower (I had one in my homemade wedding bouquet even) and I can never resist buying one if I see them.

This one lasted for a week or so, and then the leaves started to turn brown, shrivel up and drop off. But still, I couldn’t contemplate parting with it, because it became even more beautiful than before. Just look at these amazing veined patterns! The transition from purple to brown! The way the leaves have curled up as they’ve dehydrated!

I told myself I might as well hold onto the leaves until I had taken a photo, but now that I’ve done that, where will they go? Currently, there is just a big pile of brown dead leaves sitting in front of the TV. Not, it must be said, displaying them to their best purposes.

The hubby keeps trying to put them in the bin, but I feel sure I could use them for something. Something. But just what?!

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