Friday, August 26, 2011

You say Vace, I say Voz ~ Flower Containers for All Seasons

I give you the following from Wikipedia:

The vase ( /ˈvɑːz/, /ˈvs/, or /ˈvz/) is an open container, often used to hold cut flowers. It can be made from a number of materials including ceramics and glass. The vase is often decorated and thus used to extend the beauty of its contents.

"Vases are defined as having a certain anatomy. Lowest is the foot, a distinguishable base to the piece. The design of the base may be bulbous, flat, or another shape. Next, the body, which forms the main and often largest portion of the piece. Resting atop the body is the shoulder, where the body curves inward. Then the neck, where the vase is given more height. Lastly, the lip, where the vase flares back out at the top."

No matter how you say it, you aren't going to find any classic examples here. In fact, I am so used to using anything except a vase that I hardly have a one of them in the house! Pitchers would be the first thing that I reach for, and then on from there, like these rusty old tin containers-- whatever they were originally used for.

Small creamers are sweet on a table or bedside for flowers.

These days, about the only place you see only water in a pitcher is in a restaurant. Do you ever use them that way?

A fluted ceramic vase.

Flower bucket with dried roses on a garden table.

Pretty bottles and jars seem to be the closest new thing to the old vase .

An old handled ironstone jug which has been re-glued together makes for a spectacular arrangement.

Old florist and funeral baskets make an interesting container for fresh or dried bouquets.

A silver champagne bucket feels like a natural for roses.

An oversized ironstone urn lends drama to a handful of flowers.

I use a lot of grasses and weeds for bouquets when the season turns. They are a good stand-in for fresh blooms all year round.

This is my favorite metal flower basket, but I think it leaks, so dried flowers it is!

In fact, I have quite a hard time turning away from any painted metal bucket with a handle that I come across! Couldn't you just see this filled to overflowing with mums or daisies?

Baskets beg for the job! A jar inside one will work for fresh flowers too.

Cachepots and flower pots.

I find a flared vase the easiest to arrange a large casual group of flowers. Ideal for greens for the winter holidays.

And finally, tureens make even the plainest of arrangements truly elegant and unusual. But the sky is the limit!

Happy flower arranging!
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beachcomber said...

so beautiful!! love your collections and your photos. stunning!

Katie said...

Beautiful collection of containers, flowers and photographs!

Rachel said...

You take such gorgeous photos! Your blog is a treat for the eyes.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today with your kind comment. I'm following you also. ~Rachel

Deb said...

Gorgeous photos. There's too many to mention but I loved the old granite coffee pot. Takes me back to my grandmother's summer kitchen many years ago. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Anonymous said...

Such gorgeous pictures. Such awesome flowers. Love every container you showed! Thanks for sharing.

Mary @ Redo 101

Tammy's in Love said...

Hello, I'm new here! I scrolled through the beautiful photos and gasped! What do you know about that vintage photo of the oxen and farmers? I have one that my grandfather picked up at an auction at least 40 years ago! The frame is much less formal than yours but it's the first time I've ever seen one like mine!

Natasha in Oz said...

This is such a lovely post. I love all of your vase ideas and I willbe trying to find some little bottles asap!

Best wishes,

Petite Michelle Louise said...

your images could fill the pages of a best seller! truly..they take my breath away!!! :)

Jann Olson said...

Love them all! Yes, anything but a plain old vase for me too. I just picked up an old wicker cemetary basket at an antique shop. It reminded me so much of one my mom use to fill every Memorial Day that I just had to have it.

Amy Kinser said...

Such gorgeous vases. My favs have to be the Ironstone urn, the flower bucket and the green bucket with the handle. All are gorgeous.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

pitchers and little creamers seem to be my favorites for little flower many possibilites!

Ang said...

Love everything about this post. I always gain so much inspiration from your posts. You have a beautiful way of combining your thoughts and photos that are so comforting. :)

GardenofDaisies said...

I love all the buckets and tureens and pitchers and bottles that you use for flowers. Seriously, who needs a vase when you have all these other lovely choices? :-)

Angela said...

I love all your romantic pictures, so many ways to display your flowers, simply beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and inspiring pictures.

Regards from Sweden

Faithful Crafter said...

Jacqueline, I want to come over and play at your house! Your table settings are beautiful. And you flower arrangements are lovely. You got my mind thinking about all the vase/voz I have and need to get out and use. Thanks for the inspiration. Valerie

under spanish moss said...

Such a lovely collection of flower arrangements and vases. We love using a variety of different containers for our flowers. Lots of inspiraton here!
Angela and Renee

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Everything is gorgeous-I fell in love with the pumpkin pie tablescape and the flower pot with dried flowers on the garden table with the beautiful white on white table cloth. My favorites today but everyday you post your
blog is one of my favorites.

Katherines Corner said...

Oh my goodness I am overwhelmed with all of the beauty in this post. I love creating arrangements with different containers too. I've used, teacups and pitchers and others too. Big Hugs!

The Rosegarden in Malevik said...

Hi J
Your photos are just stunning :)

and do not miss....




Håkan ( The Roseman)

Sarah said...

Wow! Each beautiful photo offers inspiration. Like you I adore using just about anything to hold fresh cut flowers.

Honey at 2805 said...

You have a wonderful arrange of containers for flowers and plants. Your arrangements, tablesettings and vignettes are always so lovely. You are always an inspiration!

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