Gertrude Stein declared, "Certainly glittering is handsome and convincing," in her ground-breaking book, "Tender Buttons." These six 19th Century steel buttons, however, are anything but tender. The mere fact of their continued existence defines them as tough little treasures, showing their years in a patina of fine lines and bits of rust. Nestled at the bottom of an ancient Chinese bowl, they're January's Bloom Day offering; as beautiful to my eyes as any bulb in its glass.
The first one pictured is the smallest, about the size of a dime; the fourth button is the largest at the size of a quarter. As always, thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts this world-wide look at what's blooming where.