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Picking the right vase

May 9, 2012
by thenestinggame

We have a big yard with lots of flowering bushes and trees that some nice lady with a green thumb planted years ago. I never used to hesitate picking up some grocery store flowers, but now I head out into my yard with my nippers and always come back with something.

So when my pal Gywneth (yes, that one) sent me an email about how to arrange flowers in different types of vases, I perked up. Sometimes Gwynnie can be a little out of touch with us mere mortals, but that’s ok. I consider life a High/Low project anyhow.

Gwyneth asks London Florist Nikki Tibbles to give some tips on how to make gorgeous arrangements using vases of all sorts of shapes and sizes.

All of them are gorge, but the Flared Vase and the Glass Pitcher are my faves. We’ll have to see what the yard reveals as summer progresses so I can practice.

Learn all the tips on Goop.

See more of our yard: forsythia, gardenias and hydrangeas.

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  1. May 9, 2012 10:09 am

    such a helpful post. and of course, i have a bush in my yard with the same red flowers as your first pic. are they camelias?

  2. Sarah Ford permalink
    May 9, 2012 10:57 am

    I love my garden and like to think I have green fingers (I think you call them green thumbs in the US). I often pick single flowers to put in a single stem vase in my bathroom (single fragrant rose, allium, arum lilly or iris).

    I work in a school and our grounds are filled with hydrangas. I come into work during the break to catch up with work and must admit that I do often come away with some of the amazing blue hydranga blooms for my conservatory!!

  3. Martha Hopkins permalink
    May 9, 2012 1:52 pm

    Molly,
    You need never buy another flower again with the ones you can find in your yard! Last month was loquat season in Austin. Trees were dripping with these little fruits—they look a bit like apricots, only smaller.

    For a party, I broke a few branches off of a tree on my walk home (seriously, they’re everyone and I swear it wasn’t like picking the lone iris out of someone’s yard!). Those two little branches in a pitcher, and I had a beautiful home.

    That next week, I was on a home tour and the homeowner had done the same thing, but with 10x the branches (it was her tree). Absolutely stunning.

    Yesterday, I went to a friend’s house out in the country, and she had little glasses filled all over the house with prickly purple thistles. Weeds!

    We have a fig tree in our backyard. You have inspired to go cut some of their leaves this afternoon.

    Thanks!
    M

  4. Martha Hopkins permalink
    May 9, 2012 2:24 pm

    P.S. I can’t decide which of your arrangements I like better, which is to say what an eye you have for picking pretty flowers and arranging them so lov-e-ly.. : )

  5. May 12, 2012 12:45 am

    This is a greatly helpful resource – thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to put it to use with fresh flowers from our garden this summer.

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