Small bouquets of flowers called poseys or nosegays have existed since at least medieval times, when they were worn on the head or around the bodice. While, during the Middle Ages, flowers and herbs were carried to ward off maladies, from the Renaissance onwards, they increasingly served more decorative purposes. In Victorian times, the fascination with communicating through flowers grew – poseys were now known as tussie-mussies. Made of sweet-smelling flowers or herbs, they were intended to enhance a person's scent and considered essential for any well-dressed woman. The preservation of flowers became a popular pastime: dried flowers were used to decorate rooms during the winter and were prepared as pomanders and potpourris.
This modern adaptation of a posey includes pressed flowers which Oriole collected in the Swiss Alps. It is made of plaster and cotton string and measures ca. 3 x 2 cm.
Why not add flowers to our posey, which you find during a stroll, from the wild or from a garden?