If you have seen my last few posts, you know that my spring-blooming bulb flowers are producing more than I can remember in the almost 20 years that we have lived in this house. I have come up with several tablescapes featuring these blooms. This particular tablescape featured orange as the dominant color. I chose all of my containers for the blooms from my vintage pottery collection, including a wonderful Universal Pottery Cattail pitcher made for Sears.
After a few days, the blooms wilted and I began the task of taking them to the compost pile and washing my pitchers and vases. To my horror, this lovely pitcher had acquired water stains all the way around the pitcher! I have no idea how that happened. I think that the pitcher is probably ruined; I am sure there is no way to get those stains out. The only thing that my husband and I could guess is that this pitcher had never been glazed on the inside. But even that explanation made no sense. Wouldn’t the 1950s housewife who used the pitcher for Kool Aid and juice have noticed this? I guess, like many collectibles that show up on the market, that the pitcher was never used. Someone got it as a gift or something like that and put it away, never using it. This scenario is also a far reach, but I really can’t think of any other explanation. I am really sick about it, but I am moving on. I purchased this piece on eBay; there is no sentiment behind it. But I just hate to lose it anyway.
I also have a small collection of Hull pottery. I purchased 2 vases recently from an estate sale, but all of the rest of the pieces were passed down to me by various relatives. I keep the Hull out on the mantel most of the time, only changing out my mantel décor occasionally, like at Christmas.
So here was my thought: wouldn’t all of these vases look great with my Spring blooms?
However, what had happened with that pitcher really made me nervous. How would I know if something similar wouldn’t happen with these vases?
I decided to go ahead and risk it. I would just be very careful and keep a close eye on them while I have the flowers displayed.
It took me about 2 hours to pick all of the flowers and put them in the vases. I can finally look out to my yard and tell that some of the flowers have been picked. I probably only have enough left for 2 or 3 large bouquets, although there are still some buds that aren’t open yet.
This jardiniere in the Water Lily pattern once belonged to my mother. It has some crazing on the inside, but it looks perfect from the outside. I always display it high enough so that no one will look down inside it and see the crazing. After I filled each vase, I placed it back on the mantel and wiped up a few water droplets. I kept having to wipe around this jardinière. Finally, I watched it closely and realized that water was seeping out of a couple of spots near the bottom. I took the picture, then quickly emptied out the flowers and water more on that later). So enjoy the above pic; I guess I will never be filling with fresh flowers that need water again! I guess the crazing was a little more serious than I had first thought.
I love the final look of the mantel, however. I have never put anything in these vases before in all the years that I have had them.
These spring flowers looked lovely with the pastel hues of the pottery.
I just love how the mantel looks and am enjoying the blooms immensely.
The next part of the story is that I had to find a place to put all of those flowers that had been in the jardinière. Of course, I have plenty of choices in my collection and grabbed a couple of pitchers.
Earlier this week I mailed in my next test to the Asheford Institute of Antique Appraisal. There is a 3-week turnaround for getting my next set of books, so I can do a kitchen tablescape until I need the table for study again. I had grabbed my Spode pitchers to put the flowers in, so I used them as a starting point for my table.
I started with my blue and white placemats.
I used my white dinner plates for the bottom layer.
Of course, my Salem English Village plates came next. I have napkins to match these placemats, but I wanted to bring out the yellow from the flowers.
So instead of using them, I chose these blue and yellow paisley napkins from the Napkin Lady. I like the contrast of them on the placemat, and I really like blue and yellow together. I used a simple clear acrylic napkin ring.
I chose the San Remo flatware.
Of course, the Dollar Tree goblets were perfect for this table.
Then I placed the pitchers of flowers on each end of the table.
I just love the yellow blooms with the blue and white pitcher. If you look closely, you will see a bumble bee buzzing around the blooms.
A couple of them even landed on the placemats as they were buzzing around the flowers.
I love blue, white, and yellow for spring. I think this color scheme is very bright and colorful.
Hope you are enjoying your spring blooms also!