OK, not only aren't my flowers alive in this week's arrangment, they are not even in a vase. But they were once alive and they're part of my winter gray decor. The largest fossil flower is a sea lily, a type of Crinoid.
According to Wiki, "Crinoids are marine animals that make up the class Crinoidea of the echinoderms (phylum Echinodermata). Crinoidea comes from the Greek word krinon, 'a lily', and eidos, 'form'. Sea lilies refer to the crinoids which, in their adult form, are attached to the sea bottom by a stalk". Clearly the largest fossil matches that description.
If you click on the picture to enlarge it you can see a small sea lily on the far left stone. This fossil crinoid (Phanocrinus formosus) is Mississippian Renault Limestone from Renault, Illinois. Alas, I can't find the id for the other tiny fossil.
I decided to leave my wire strings of tiny white lights up until Spring arrives. I turn them on most evenings at dusk as they continue to lift my spirits and make any arrangement of objects a bit more magical. They are proving to be a great holiday purchase.
To see what others have put in a vase today, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this Monday meme.