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Monday, 4 June 2018

Romance In a Vase on Monday

One of the things I did on my flower arranging course was a 'Constance Spry' vase. I was led to believe that the vases were hard to come by now and much sought after. Since then I have bought 4 in charity shops and my Best Beloved bought one at a car boot sale for £1 when he could, quite justifiably, have said 'she has enough vases already' and left it there. He may be thinking again since I took the polish off his favourite table by over watering!

Clearly they are not rare round here or no-one is aware of their value. Total cost about £12. I'm sure none of these are collectors items. Here they are:



Some are quite hefty (the largest is about 40cm across) and I do need a new vase shelf or cupboard now!

And the one I've used today: 


Can you get more romantic than honeysuckle and roses? This vase is a lovely aqua colour and probably the most elegant of my new collection.

I used some wire mesh in the bottom to hold things in place and put in:
Artemisa 'Powis Castle'
Eleagnis 'Quicksilver'
Honeysuckle
Nameless white flower
Rose 'Macmillan Nurse' and nameless pink

Expect to see these again as I practice arranging in them. 
For interesting and usual vases visit Cathy at Rambling in the garden for In a vase on Monday. 


20 comments:

  1. Oh I love those vases and especially the one you used today....honeysuckle in a vase looks perfect. I have lost another honeysuckle and hope to get another to replace it.

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    1. That's a shame. I thought they were quite indestructible. Was it the cold? I lost thymes which I thought were pretty tough.

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  2. Wow, these vases are perfect for the short stemmed things we often find in our gardens. How wonderful to start a new collection. Love your arrangement and blue vase!

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    1. Thank you. The small ones are good for short stems but the big one is huge. I probably have enough for now!

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  3. Those vases are wonderful! I didn't know they're a "thing" but I admire the shape and I can see that they make a lovely composition. Roses and honeysuckle are indeed a perfect pairing!

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    1. It is supposed to be a light open arrangement which I don't really have here but I can practice. I need to stop buying them now!

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  4. I didn't know that either! And look at you with your arrangements these days - a different league altogether! It has been such fun watching your progress and you should be proud of what you are achieving. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you, that is very kind. I didn't know about the vases 'before' and can't remember the proper name. I think Constance Spry designed some and made them famous with her airy arrangements.

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  5. Your arrangement is lovely and feminine, Alison - so romantic in your CS vase.

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  6. A beautiful vase (love the colour as well as the shape) and a stunning arrangement! I am very fond of honeysuckle but have never had the right spot to grow one.

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    1. I was lucky to inherit two very large shrubs and they are just coming out. Hope you get to grow one oneday.

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  7. Ok, I'm going to Ebay right away to search for a Constance Spry vase- Hopefully they are available on our side of the pond !

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    1. Oh, I'm sure they would be. Glad you like it.

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  8. Oh what a considerate best beloved you have Alison. I've heard of Constance Spry but never knew that she had a style of vase named after her. What a fabulous shape and colour and the flowers therein look just perfick.

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    1. The most considerate! Thank you for the compliment :)

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  9. Never heard of Constance Spry but the vase form is classic. Wonderful collection you have there, especially the blue you chose for today. Have to agree the honeysuckle is just lovely with the roses.

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    1. A british florist in the early 20th century who dragged us away from stiff formal arrangements to loose airy looks. Also she would use anything in them and anything to hold them.

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  10. Your vases are lovely and well done to your 'beloved' for buying you a vase! I like how you have kept the arrangement very low so it could be used as a table decoration. Do tell us more about the flower arranging course, I'd love to hear more.

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    1. He is great and doesn't though he jokes about how many I have, he doesn't seem to mind. The course was a two week career change course where we learnt about hand tied and front facing arrangements, Sympathy and wedding flowers as well as different kinds of containers etc. Also photography, business advice, costings...
      I am creating a Flower Farm right here, as I mentioned in a previous post.

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