Cathy at Rambling in the Garden arranges flowers in a vase year round. How’s that for inspiration? Several bloggers join in the creative process, posting their own flowers in a vase on Monday, than linking back to her blog.
Cathy’s first post reads:
I know I have set myself a difficult task, finding something for a vase every week, and particularly starting in mid-November, but in truth the fact that it IS a challenge will make me more determined to achieve it! Posting a picture of my pickings will also make it easier because I will expect it of myself every Monday – so if anybody would like to join me by placing things ‘In a Vase on Monday’ and posting a picture then please feel free to add a link here so we can all share in the pleasure such vases can bring. Today’s vase has some of everyone’s favourite Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’, Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’ and Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’.
Inspired! If you want to join in the fun, simply post your own flower arrangement on a Monday and link back to Rambling in the Garden.
For all my love of miniature gardening, it never occurred to me to arrange flowers in a tiny teapot. I have several.
This morning Diane at Garden Sunshine changed all that with her delightful post: tiny pink flowers in a miniature, silver teapot. You can see her gorgeous flower arrangement here.
I dusted off one of my cloisonné teapots and put together a tiny arrangement using Bachelor Buttons, Love-in-the Mist seed pods, flowering spider plants and a couple of annuals going to seed.
Three loves: cats, flowers and teapots
Tiny Teapot: A different perspective
Please join us next Monday
My friend invited me to the Los Altos Art and Wine Show last month and we both came home with the same bubble glass vase. Isn’t it pretty?
I’ve misplaced the artist’s card. Won’t you please stand up?
It sat on my kitchen counter for a while, but it’s now found a ‘permanent’ home in our bedroom. I use the parenthetical because I’m forever changing things around. It’s kind of a hobby of mine. When my sister and I were growing up, we liked nothing better than to rearrange the furniture. We had fun with the ‘reveal’ as the home and garden shows like to call it when our mom arrived home from work. She always seemed please.
I digress. The talented Donna Pierre painted one of our bedroom walls with a sea-blue plaster and glaze, a finish we now refer to as ‘the mermaid.’ We added a hammered metal mirror and table to the room and the vase was the perfect accent to complete the look.
Then, lo and behold, the pink hydrangeas started to turn, weathered to a soft grey-lavender patina. What timing. They are magnificent flowers, blooms I admired for years. They are far too big for apartment dwelling, but work well now that I have a house with dirt to call my own.
Dusty lavender hues
I still have to pinch myself all these years later, grateful to have a beautiful home and surrounding soil to fill with roots and flowering goodness. I think about that whenever I see these dusty blooms.
Do you have a favorite bloom?
Hydrangea and Fern in the “Fish Bowl”
I darted into the grocery store yesterday to pick up a few things, and found myself at a stand-still in front of these clever vases. What a great idea! Most of the designs were dark floral prints, but I fell in love with the goldfish.
The premise is such a simple one: a non-breakable but sturdy vase that stores flat in between uses. I may pick up a few more to have on hand for gifts. They’re perfect for taking flowers to someone in the hospital as well. No breakable vase to deal with when you head home.
The vase is also surprisingly stable. I consciously tried to knock it over without success.
My gardening hat is off to you reva™ vase!
Reva Vase™, Expanding Flower Vase
I’ve been saving small bottles and jars to use as flower vessels as well. For some reason the squared off jars (from spices and sauces) really appeal to me. When my husband brings me a mixed bouquet, they start out in one large vase. As the blooms dry out (the roses are always the first to go), I toss the spent flowers, and consolidate what’s left into small jars. I get a lot of mileage from one bunch.
Floral Bouquet Deconstructed