gardening · homemaking


The floral symphony being conducted in the gardens throughout our neighborhood right now is spectacular.

This of course happens every Spring, but each year I always see it as though for the first time, and yet again find it breathtaking. My immediate reaction is to capture it – to have a small concerto of daisies, nasturtiums or salvia playing happily in a vase in the kitchen – and I have discovered that unorthodox vessels can work a treat.

Shakers are an obvious choice,  distributing and supporting the stems beautifully. Look for these in all sizes so you can accommodate the various thicknesses of floral stems. Clip-lid preserving jars look delightful – lid thrown open with a freshly cut bunch bursting out.

Even the humble jam jar is transformed with a selection of herbs and marigolds popped inside. I challenge you to cast your eye around your home and look at your containers through different eyes. There will be no end of jugs, mugs, decanters or teapots that can be pressed into service.

Photograph them too, so that during the depths of Winter you can be reminded of the simple pleasures you have to look forward to.


7 thoughts on “Vase

  1. Thanks, I really like the salt shaker idea for the shorter stemmed flowers. I will have to keep my eye out for some glass ones at yard sales. That’s a charming photo of the Lenten Roses in your first picture. I wish I could grow those here in SoCal.


    1. Keep your eye out for all kinds of shakers Leanne eg caster sugar ones, as the larger the holes the greater variety of flowers you can use! Yes the Hellebores love the cold, we also call them Winter roses for that reason.


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