Seven vases


The trouble with going to floristry evening classes is that our flat is just rammed with flowers. Life can be so difficult sometimes.

My hand-tied bouquet from last week was getting tired, so I dismantled it and upcycled the surviving stems along with a few blooms from our garden into new vases.


This week, the theme at my class was ‘All Things Vintage’, and so we created autumnal jam jars, and flowers spilling out of teacups.




The teacup flowers were not destined for a long life, so again I dismantled my arrangement and rescued the best stems so that they could stay pretty for a bit longer in this pewter tankard.


Then I played around with a few things I had left over.


In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, who like me is enjoying finding those remaining blooms that linger in the October garden. Visit her page to see her vase for this week along with links to all the other vases created by garden bloggers today.




40 thoughts on “Seven vases

  1. Yes, it would be strange afer all these Monday vases to be making vases with lots of flowers that weren’t from my garden – it’s a different sort of challenge I suppose and I look forward to hearing about the format of your classes. Do you feel more confident with your ararngements now? There is a certainly a lot of variety in the ones you have shown today and I love the use of berroes and grasses and seed pods in them – thank you for sharing

    1. I would rarely if ever go out and buy flowers these days, and over the years I have been slowly adding to the garden to ensure that bought flowers make fewer and fewer appearances. I do feel more confident with arranging flowers. The teachers are very good at coming round and telling you quite straight (but kindly) what is out of balance with the vase as you are creating it. My art teachers at school never bothered with that — I suppose they didn’t want to ‘discourage’ us.
      I have no grasses growing in my garden, but now I wish I did as I loved using them, and I adored spearing crab-apples and adding those too.

  2. Trying again with the comment thing…

    Such riches! All beautifully executed. The light and clarity in your photos is always so refreshing, you do wonderful things with the camera.

    1. Thank you so much! And I am glad your comment worked. I just tried to leave one on your blog, so I hope it came through ok as sometimes WP and Blogger won’t cross-pollinate! I am not sure what I like best, picking and arranging the flowers, or taking and processing the photos. I can spend hours on both (to the detriment of everything else I am supposed to be doing).

  3. The floristry class sounds like fun! You seem to have a lot of material to choose from. I love the tangerine orange roses and those Astrantia (one of the many flowers I’ve found impossible to grow in southern California). What is the orange-ish flower below the rose in your second to last photo? It looks like a Gomphrena to me but, if that’s what it is, I don’t recognize the variety.

    1. The floristry classes are indeed marvellous fun, and I so look forward to my classes. Poor you, not being able to grow astrantia, although doubtless you have many beauties in your garden that I would struggle with in Scotland! I’m afraid I don’t know the variety names of any of the flowers, including the gomphrena. Florists are magicians, but I must say they can be a bit vague about names! I suppose their requirement to know the Latin names of everything is somewhat less than a gardener’s. So while I definitely agree that it is some kind of gomphrena, I’m afraid I can’t tell you which one.

    1. Ah, that’s yours truly holding those flowers, with camera on a timer. It can be slightly complicated to get the focal point to hit the exact spot in space where that leading orange rosebud will be once I’ve run round, picked the damn thing up, and am standing very still with it in front of the camera.

  4. There is no such thing as too many flowers, is there? You have got a beautiful array of flowers here – lovely shades of orange with that rose. The header photo is gorgeous. Love the Astrantia and the grasses used too.

    1. The classes are really good fun, and one of the most pleasant aspects is selecting the components for my vase from the large buckets of flowers provided in the class. Everyone produces such different results as there are far more types of flower on offer than you could ever use in one arrangement.

      1. That sounds like a great format. I took a few classes through my garden club one year, but there was a very specific floral type (crescent, creative mass) and everyone received a specific set of materials to work with. That was fun too and everyone’s design was different in the end.

  5. Lucky you to have such classes, there’s nothing like that here. Do you really still have such delicious rose buds in your garden or were they bought for your class? Whichever is true they are a complete delight.

  6. My vote goes to the brown jug on your Brazilian embroidery. The see-through effect of that yellow flower with the marigolds and ammi behind is lovely. Do you know the name of the yellow flower?
    The scabious seedheads are very effective; are they from your class? I don’t remember seeing them in your garden. I grew some myself once, very successfully for me (I don’t have the knack of annuals). They are called Paper Moon.

    1. Yes – the yellow flower is ordinary old dill from my window box! I haven’t been using it nearly enough as it is so pretty. What a sweet name for the scabiosa seedhead. No, I didn’t grow those, but have bought seeds for next year as I loved seeing them in other people’s vases.

  7. Each one more beautiful than the last… I rarely pick favorites, but I do so like the pewter pot with rosebuds and astrantia! Like Kris, I’m sure I can’t grow the latter, but I wonder if I could find something that would have a similar effect in a vase. I’m also admiring your ability with camera and timer; must purchase a timer and get more adventurous πŸ˜‰

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