- to keep alive or in existence;
- make lasting, to protect or spare
- to keep possession of; retain
- to prepare so as to resist decomposition
Plants come to the end of their cycle and decay back to the earth only to resurrect themselves the following spring. Some people are interested in
preserving the beauty of flowers and saving them from their eventual demise.
Pressing is one of the simplest methods of preserving flowers, but the relief is lost and the flower is reduced to flatness. It is questionable if the essence of the flower is maintained. Perfection is difficult to attain and maintain. A walk around any garden is a reminder of this.