a case for the vase


Seems like the bundles of blossoms at the supermarket get stingier every year. I could not resist the bucket of daffodils placed coyly near the checkout stands. There were only five stems to a bunch, so I bought two, thinking that a mere five would make a pretty poor showing. Then, when I got home, I remembered this vase, given to me by my daughter a few years back. It has a shallow tray, which I filled with pebbles, because there are few things I love more than pebbles. A metal superstructure fits into the tray, forming a grid that holds each individual stem upright and separate from its fellows. This bouquet manages to be impressive while using only the five stems, so I had another five to use somewhere else.


Here is that same arrangement from a different angle.


Here’s another favorite, a slab of slate with a hole drilled in the middle…


attached to a container that doesn’t show unless we get down and peer at it from this angle.


A frog is positioned right under the hole. This is a particularly useful vase during the winter months, when flowers are only available from resources other than our own gardens. I can buy a single dramatic flower, secure it in this vase and enjoy without breaking the bank. Even in high bloom season, I am often reluctant to deplete the outdoor display. With vases like these, it is possible to have the best of both worlds.

8 Responses to “a case for the vase”

  1. Loree/ danger garden Says:

    Nice super structure for the daffodils!

    I had a vase like your slate/frog combo once….you must be a better cut flower tender than I, that little reservoir was so small I always managed to let it run dry and didn’t notice until the flower collapsed from thirst.

  2. Grace Says:

    So true. I really like the first one. Great idea. Another hit for the spring fever!

  3. Linda Says:

    I might be borrowing that idea when my few Daffs surface, And what a nice case of art books in the background.

  4. ricki Says:

    Loree~That can be a problem, all right, but the lily/chrysanthemum combo lasted in there for nearly a month with only a couple of fill-ups that happened when the arrangement called out for a redo.

    Grace~I keep watching your site for the countdown.

    Linda~That library gets a lot of use in the winter months. Feel free to borrow at will. I think that vase came from PH Reed on Glisan in the Pearl.

  5. Jane / MulchMaid Says:

    That’s a great display vase! And the yellow daffs look striking against that cool “plank” table. Is it one of Richard’s creations?

  6. ricki Says:

    Jane~You know about the shoemaker’s children having no shoes? It’s like that with us and furniture. That slab is a reject from his shop, and the base is a cardboard box wrapped in brown craft. Sigh….someday?

  7. joco Says:


    That piece of slate is a gem idea.
    Now, how do I cut it I wonder :-)

    Lovely gift from your daughter to have those dafs hold their head up.

  8. ricki Says:

    Jo~There are masonry bits for drills, but I think I would get someone else to do that for me, if I was trying to create one of these myself.

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