how does the wretched dry geranium differ from the flowers in the forest?

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The difference appears to be that in the forest there is strength and thriving growth, in comparison to the wilted potted plant found in the town.

The ‘wretched geranium’ is a comparison with Sylvia when she lived in the town before going to live wither grandmother, Mrs Tilley.

 Sylvia thought often with wistful compassion of a wretched geranium that belonged to a town neighbor.

The flowers in the forest are not individualized: they form a part of the woodland, and it is only the trees which are distinguished by names –

 Pines and oaks and maples

The only other plants identified is the huckleberry, where Mistress Moody, the cow, likes to hide, and the birch trees.

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