The Vase Stands Alone…redux.

Clematis vineHappy Birthday – is three years old this week. flowerflinging began as a three-day design camp here in Sheffield, then morphed into a blog on, lasting there until I created the website. Anyone can create a free blog on either site.

 Fish Sauce BowlTo 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.

 Mimi's cache-potThis 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.

 Pottery VaseThe sister of an artist friend created this wonderful piece of ceramic, so subtly and beautifully glazed. It makes a ‘statement’ all by itself.

 Full Metal BasketCrossed bands of a very pliable metal are fused together to make this diminutive ‘basket’ vase. It is only 4“ high. I completely forget how I came by it – perhaps a lovely gift?

Ranunculus and CockscombIt’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.

Carnations and CabbagesEach 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!

 BanksiaThe 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.

Persian Carpet ZinniasZinnia “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.

Royal Purple CarnationsA 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?


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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2 Responses to The Vase Stands Alone…redux.

  1. Ginnie says:

    Thank you , Susan, for giving me such pleasure when you share your arrangements, travels and outlook on beauty and design, where ever you find it. I can’t wait to see what you share next. Your passion inspires me. I’m looking forward to the next three years of your blogs. In gratitude, Ginnie

    • Susan says:

      Dear Ginnie — You ARE generous and kind. Thank you so very much. I am so glad you enjoy my meanderings!! xoxo Cheers Susan

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