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What containers's do you have for your flower arrangements?
Please add your collection to this thread.
Quite often I find that seeing other peoples container's will inspire me to find the same shape, to try an arrangement.
Hi Adele, I like your vases, the test tubes are really useful to use in arrangements!
I often find containers at car boots sales and second hand shops, and recycle them!
This photo was taken at Hampton court flower show, some of the vases were beautiful.
Hi Sandy, Welcome to cut flowers.
So glad you found us here! >... this is Sandy and she makes fantasic baskets!
This one is a beautiful design Sandy, do you sketch your ideas first or does the design develop while you are making it?
Thanks for bringing it in, I'm looking forward to seeing any more you might have!
I just started making these baskets about 4 months ago...Cant put the needles down..lol..I like the free flow style, I only scetch out the way I want to cut the gourds, the rest is mainly going with the flow...I have learned so much from one project to the next...Here is one I just finished last night...I am hoping to have them in the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Okla. I have an appointment Monday with the co-ordinator...They were impressed with the pictures I sent them...No MONEY...just recognition...Maybe the money will come later...And Thanks to all...It makes my day for someone to compliment my work...Sandy
Great thread terri! Curlers, awesome baskets. Even more awesome that you made them yourself. Adele, I love your test tube rack. . .I work in a lab and never thought to use it as a medium for arrangements. Will bring mine in a little later.
I'm sure the museum will want your baskets! Good luck with your appointment, let us konw how it goes.
Do you grow the gourds or buy already dried? Your latest one is a lovely shape, ... would love to put some flowers in it!!
Hi Adele and Karma,
Thanks Karma, I think you may have some lovely pots and planters to show us?!! I wonder where I could buy a test tube rack? I want one!!
This is my stick container which has 4 test tubes inside.
diggerette; the one on the right is Philippine-tea. It faithfully bloomed for me in late Dec. Jan. 2 years in a row. Thus I missed on the berries. Here is a link to my post. I've tried to hand pollinate these flowers, awaiting for result.
Thanks Terri; Those are examples of some of my earlier collection that I started a couple of years ago. Fortunately they were reasonably prized at local Wallyworld. Those used as trial, and have proven to be quite easy to keep indoor. I do however, give them the outdoor's benefit during the growing season. I bring them in when temp. drops 50 degrees F.
Those are tropical plants, other for instant Azalea are perennials in our zone, thus it's sitting outdoor with some protection (to prevent freezing/thawing of the ceremic pot).
I recently acquired a Ficus, and dracaena; both of which are also indoor bonsais, easy care type of plants while I train some other more hardy plant out in the garden for future training.
Well my appointment at the Museum was "AWESOME" They accepted 6 of my pieces...they will be on the net in 2 or 3 weeks at
I am so excited to have my baskets somewhere so special...
I love all the vases and the flowers...My husband is the green thumb at my house...grows everything, some things we dont even know what is ...
Indeed, huge accomplishement it's! Congratulation curlers. I can't stop admiring those baskets and the details that you've put into to the art work. Fantastic!
Lana, some nurseries will carry those vase. I've found a few from various nurseries. I was also fortunate. A lady whose love of bonsai her whole life. Decided to give me some great vases that I'm trying to fill her wishes. She wanted someone that really can make some beautiful bonsais out of them. Whew, I've big shoes to fill, but time will tell.
Sandy, that's GREAT news!!! well done, they obviously didn't want to let your talent slip by!
You must be so excited! lets see all of them!!
Has Paul got any beautiful blooms to bring to our cafe? Please!!
and if it looks weird and you don't know what it is, to me, that is interesting!
Hi Lana, it's good to see you posting. Yes, that IS the queen. Those are the final blooms that she gave me while indoor. I'm so ready for Spring. It's said to snow here in the early morning. How is the temp. there in La.?
Thanks for showing us your lovely little vases, nice to see you. What beautiful roses! do they have any fragrance?
I have more little vases but they are in the greenhouse, I'm not venturing out there tonight.
Another type of container, moss bowl, plant pot stand and melon.
Terri, our growing season must correlate. Outdoor garden is hibernating over this time of year. I'm longing for spring; 'cause that when these beauty will welcome the first hint of the season.
With that I'm going to say good night. Catch up later?
Jeri's having an RU in May? I think she's the one that lives in Baton Rouge? If so, I probably could make it! Just gotta figure out which weekend it is and if I'm working. What time do these roundups usually start? I won't make it until 3 if I'm working. Anyway, hope I could make it. . .would love to meet you and the rest of the midsoutherners. Terri, can you fly over? Pupil, are you going?
That is beautiful Kim! Have you seen the flower club thread? The theme for next week was chosen by Karma and it is Zen garden. I was thinking if you would like to join in, it would be lovely to see an arrangement with your bonsai!
Sorry Karma! I won't be able to make it.
Hi Traci, got any containers?!!!!!!!!
It's a little on the chilly side this morning in Hawaii we have snow on the top of Maunakea and Maunaloa - yes we have snow in sunny Hawaii. Yesterday I went to my girfriends orchid farm with large container in hand and she created the most beautiful arrangement for me mixing green and purple potted orchids together. I took that home and put it on the stand I have and it does look rather grand.
She was telling me that she is trying to find a 4" container to put her 4" orchid in for sale in the stores. Without going into too much detail she is looking for something called Biopots? They are made in China. We have a problem with buying anything we need for our flowers as living in Hawaii has it's draw backs - everything has to be shipped in and the cost of shipping mostly outweighs the cost of the product sometimes 300 - 400%
Maybe someone out there in container land could send us to a website where we might find what we want and it may be more cost effective AND have some new choices. We would really appreciate any input -
It sounds like you had a lovely day with your friend. I haven't grown, bought or arranged with orchids, your friends arrangement sounds lovely. Sorry, I'm not much help with the biopots, I don't know what they are!
Oh, this month's magazine, is it American Gardener or Horticulture mag...? I forget, but it has a bunch of different environmentally friendly pots that might be biopots. Some were made from rice hulls that had been processed, and eventually they will break down. Some are made from different starches. Some are for seedlings and they are made from dried, processed cow manure, and they don't smell bad. They can go right into the garden and fertilize the plants. There were some very nice pots. Maybe that is what the biopots are. I will try to remember to look at the article again and post which magazine it is.
Hi Ruthsnebrgarden, Welcome!
Beautiful work! I love your flower vases, the blue glaze is gorgeous. lovely shapes and textures! Thanks for showing them to us. Great to make your own containers, they are works of art. Have you made any flower arrangements in them yet?
Terri and diggerette, thank you for the nice comments. I have never participated in a "thread" or anything like it before. It is a fun thing. I have enjoyed so much seeing everyone's containers and comments. I have probably gotten in on the tail end of it and I don't have very much time to participate - but it is great when I can.
Here is another one of my vases i made - with dried hydrangea and babys breath. I'm a little crazy about saving flowers that have dried.
Love your vases. It is such a toss up. The colors on the first are fantastic, but the flower is beautiful in the color contrast and simplicity as well. You are very talented and I am jealous! lol. Let me tell ya, there is never a tail end to anything in cut flowers. We just post on old or new threads whenever we have some relavent (or not) to add. We are very laid back.
I am so glad you came out to play and hope you continue to do so. If you are a "little crazy" about saving flowers, I can honestly say you couldn't have come to a better thread. Jump in when you have time. I think I can pretty much speak for everyone by saying we love any new ideas, arrangements and especially people. I only get online every other week, for when I have my daughter all my time goes to her. So I am popping in and out all the time. Hope to see you again.
it's fun to see what others make! Thankyou for adding your vase to our containers. It is beautiful, is that scraffito
on the vase?
Saving flowers? thats my fav occupation! recycle recycle that's what I say!!!!!! Have you made any other art with your flowers?
Hey Kim, How are you? hibernating?
Hi Sandy, please ask Paul to show us his flower paintings! I started a new thread for flower art.
How's it going with your baskets at the museum?
Thanks, C!! I immediately looked them up that day, as they sounded like such a great idea. I was so surprised at how they looked like planters. Some were stunning!! I will have to wait till the prices begin to drop as, like you said, they aren't to prevelant in America. Now to check out those links above me.
Thanks Traci, Diggerette, Teri! My favorite flower...that is hard. Zinneas are so sturdy and beautiful colors. Iris and daylilies are fragile to handle, but such lovely and delicate colors. Roses have such wonderful shapes and fragrances and colors. Does the list just go on and on??? Poppies, the way they unfold from such a small packet to such a smashing display...I would attach a photo of one of them but I can't seem to make it come up - so I'm sending a pic of a little tin bucket I won at a banquet or something.
Mostly, my flowers dry in the arrangement because I leave them for so long, but when I really want to be sure to have a good specimen, I use silica gel (like sand) - pouring the "sand" around the flower very carefully and leaving for 4 or 5 days, depending on the size and density of the flower. I don't know much about the fine points of drying flowers. When I see prize-winning arrangements of dried flowers, I know for sure I don't know anything.
C, the bipots sound like a great idea. I live in cow-country (also wheat and corn), in SW Nebraska; my neighbor has cattle. I'm always thinking I should go harvest the dried stuff, but I find it hard to actually go do it...what will people think when they see me out there with gloves and a plastic bag picking up cow pies in the middle of a pasture!!!??? lol It's definitely a rural setting, but still...
Terri, the design isn't exactly sgraffito. I carved the design before firing and then after the bisque fire, very carefully applied the black and white glazes. The clay was a red clay.
woops, I meant to post this for the cafe...my brain is getting really tired...
here I am, staying up all night reading all these interesting and funny things and looking at all the pretty flowers...well, I am old and REtired and I can do it cause I can sleep half the day, even though I would like to be a morning person too.
Hi Ruth, Both bouquets are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Did you create the one in the blue kettle?
Someone told me I could also use Borax instead of silica gel . Did you ever hear of that? I'll have to try both and see. I wonder what the fine points of drying flowers are?
Thanks for posting your arrangements, they are lovely and bold, Is that sedum in the second one?
The cafe is open 24hrs, there's usually someone around to have a cuppa with!
Oh and I like both containers. Imagine the fun you could have making your own biopots, don't forget to wear a mask though!
Here I am again , although I say I don't really have time to do this...it is so interesting! Thanks for all the nice comments!
Dig, Actually, I did both arrangements - the blue pitcher and the tin bucket (I don't remember what the bucket had in it when I won it). I have never heard of using Borax, but I must try it as it probably isn't as expensive as silica gel, and I only have enough of that to do about one flower at a time, like in a 16 oz cottage cheese carton. I have a book about making dried arrangements, but it isn't real specific. I get the Gardener's Supply catalogue, but their prices are a little high for me, especially when you have to figure in shipping. I'm on a really tight budget this year - should have been on one for a number of years now but wasn't, now it is crunchtime.
Terri, yes, that is sedum. Dear sedum. I have one variety that really gets buggy. I think it is Frosty Morn, or maybe Neon, both of which are really pretty, but hate those little insects! Sedum really fills in a bouquet - I probably use too much, but like it too much. Autumn Joy may be hohum, but I like it anyway. ///// I wonder how they "deoderize" the manure; of course, it does lose its potency after a year or two. I suppose maybe they make a mixture of manure and peat moss. Maybe, just for fun, I will try that this spring - an incentive to crawl through the fence into the pasture across the road - wave at the farmers passing by. Yeah, I might have to wear a mask if I actually go through with that project.
Pupil, I really think your beady container would look great with white flowers, green greenery (hard to find. lol) and a few little Strawberry Fields globe amaranth (little red balls). It is a good one! But I really like your copper vessel, too. That would be fun to use. It is elegant./////The mirror in your pic reminded me of my mirror at the "landing" going upstairs at my house. That is the pic I am posting. I bought several poinsettias for Christmas for the Sr. Center downtown and after Christmas, they wanted me to take them home, so I put them on my steps. The large crock is my container for the day. It holds peacock feathers that my dog harvested from a stray peacock who had taken up temporary residence at the neighbor's - all I found was the feathers - no bird in sight - neighbors denied ownership of peacock. :)
Sorry I missed your post earlier!
I'm definately going to grow some sedum this year! I used to have some, it disapeared! It is really good to use as a filler. I agree about Pupils copper vase, it is elegant. I can imagine an Italian mass arrangement with fruit and flowers.
Your arrangement is very striking. Nice idea to group your plants going down the stairs! I love lucky peacock feathers.
It's lovely to hear from you, please don't think your posts are long. Sometimes Pupil writes a short story!!!!!! (lol)
Traci (pupil) I forgot about the my little pony teapot, sorry! and how could I forget? hanging my head in shame.
Terri, I really like your vase. The tulips look so pretty in it - gracefully bending over, and the vase really shows them off so nicely, well proportioned in relation to the flowers and both sides good color for them, but I think I like the brown side best. I think the black would be best if the background were dark (my own preference, of course). I was just looking back to the beginning of this thread to Jan. 12 where you showed pottery from Hampton Court - I could dream of going to a place like that!
Dig, I was also looking at your containers at the beginning - you must be a chemist with all those beakers, or whatever you call them, and the test tubes make a great flower arrangement - I like the colored water, too.
Yeah Terri, how do you drape the tulips like that? The tulips look beautiful.
Thanks Ruth, I'm an elemtary science school teacher and we are not allowed to use glass in the classroom anymore. So I took all the glass test tubes, flasks and beakers home. What else can I use them for?
Thankyou for the nice comments on my vase and arrangement.
Ruth, I went to Hampton Court last year for the first time, it was great and I'm planning on going again this year.
Those containers were wonderful, but the prices were sky high. I spent all my cash on plants for the garden instead!
Traci & Adele, go with the flow! if that's how they want to be let them! I didn't do anything mysterious, the tulips were naturally going that way. I have some upside down bamboo in the vase which is holding the tulips in place in
I found these little glass jars, and trapped some flowers in them!!
daffodil, tulip, polyanthus
chrysanth,yellow carnation, pink carnation.
Yes she did!! They were all on sale, so I couldn't resist. The cheapest was 79 cents and the most expensive was $2.00. Can't beat that. All of them are very small. The tallest is 9", but I figured I could make different groupings, which I love to see.
LoL bb, it can get confusing with all the different threads!
Some people have dial up and it takes too long to load up the threads when they get too long.
Usually we move on to a new thread after about 100-150 replies, especially if there are lots of pictures.
Having said that, it's nice to see your pots! and good to meet another container collector!
Hello Pastime , Welcome! Thanks for sharing your cool vase, I love the square shape!
Looking forward to seeing your orange poppies in it when the time comes! You should use it more, shame to hide a lovely vase like that!
Blossom, love the kettle too. Where did you get that pallette vase container? I've been wanting one of those sooooo bad! What is the little thingy at the bottom? I would imagine a frog, but it doesn't look like one.
LOL!! Karma, that lil thingee in the bottom is to mount the oasis or perhaps the frog onThey thought of everything on that one! Although I would still be tempted to take some floral tape totally around the oasis and the inner corners and under the container to be safe. I have personally never used this container...Its been sitting in my stored stash for years! I would almost be glad to give it up so tempt me in a trade!! I think I may have made a mistake in calling it a pallette container.. it looks more like a graduation cap or mortar board!! LOL! It is plastic. Drop me a temptation in a d-mail if you are serious!
Terri, hmmm, sorry, you may have to wait on the kettle when my older cold fingers have lost their grip! Its the only kettle I have and one of my fav shelf sitters too! Wish I could find more. I love the delft on the copper! It is some what of a rare.. dont see many at all! I do not think I would tempt too easy to give it up.. but one never knows!