Happy Birthday – flowerflinging.com is three years old this week. flowerflinging began as a three-day design camp here in Sheffield, then morphed into a blog on blogspot.com, lasting there until I created the website. Anyone can create a free blog on either site.
To celebrate, I’m reprising a post from blogspot days called “The Vase Stands Alone” which appeared on July 29, 2012. I expect many of you are like me with vases or other objects that sit day after day in all their beauty and never hold any flowers.
This Spode cache-pot is one of my top five objects in the house, you know, the ones you would grab first in a fire, after the family of course! It was my mother’s and has always had pride of place in all my homes. The transfer pattern design is exquisitely detailed in such rich colors.
It’s fun to see then and now. In 2012, I filled the ‘basket’ with lush pristine white Ranunculus. The whole color scheme is rather Armani (I wish!). This week I could not resist this fat brilliantly colored cockscomb, looking like crushed velvet.
Each time I use the container, I still keep it the star of the show. The picotee carnations echoed the red and gold of the peony flower on the container on the left. But I think the cool green of the cabbage is more successful in color. It doesn’t hurt that the photo is more in focus!
The tapered and slightly turned cylinder in a rich dark brown glaze is a great foil for the statuesque beauty of this Banksia flower. These stately plants from South Africa make a statement of their own too. An interesting vase like this creates a framework for the fascinating texture of the bloom.
Zinnia “Persian Carpet” is perfectly suited to the little metal basket, allowing these gorgeous flowers to be the star of the show. I lined the basket with a glass votive candleholder to contain the water and the stems.
A Chinese export porcelain container with its blue and white clarity still stars when filled with luscious purple mini carnations. For insouciance, I kept one bud visible before I tied the bouquet together. What vase is standing alone at your house?