Having flowers in the house always feels like a treat. They’re cheery things, making a room more lively and fresh and if you’re lucky, they’ll do their best to perfume the room.
It doesn’t take much, just a single bud in a vase, a fat bunch of bluebells from the garden, recently I’ve been cutting branches of fat pink buds and single blooms off the magnolia tree, to let them open in the house.
This past week has been good because there have been flowers left over from Katie and Robs wedding, peonies, roses and all the moss-balls with flowers in them that were on the tables, they’ve been stationed outside the kitchen door on a table like a little flowery audience. Nice too, when it all seems just a bit too quiet after all the bustle of a family wedding.
Then there’s finding the right vase, until recently I’ve had mostly clear, glass or white china vases, which are practical, but not very exciting. I wanted a brightly coloured vase, they look so good with matching or contrasting flowers. I’ve taken to dropping into local charity shops on the look-out for vases when I’m in the High Street. This turquoise one I found recently is perfect. I like it with the pink roses and peony here, and I think it’ll look good with the apricot roses from the garden, or later in the year with burgundy-red dahlias, in fact I can’t think of a colour it won’t look good with.
Katies’ idea for the table decorations at the wedding was to have lots of small bottles sprayed gold, and filled with different shades of red and pink flowers. We collected over 60 different shapes of sauce bottles, small spice bottles and tall, slim drinks bottles, uniting them in a coat of gold or copper paint. If you spray them with a water that has a spoon of vinegar in it before the paint, you get this slightly blotchy, antique finish.
I’ll be getting rid of the clutter of vases that I don’t use by taking them to the charity shop, I’m sure someone will give them a good home.
I’m off to get things ready for my visit to The Chelsea Flower Show tomorrow, but tell me, have you got a favourite vase that works for most flowers?
all photos: Jill Anderson