Many gardeners have a favorite “go to” container for our flower arrangements. They’re like an old friend — reliable (water tight), accountable (whatever you arrange in them looks good), stylish (complements any room) and always there to help out in a pinch. Of course it comes with a story… but I won’t go into that now.
Such is my 11′”x 15″tall heavy cast iron urn. After twenty years of serving me well, I thought it deserved a shoutout. Scaled so beautifully to the proportions of our oval salon it usually resides here most of the time. So I thought, “why not capture this old friend through the seasons?” And as I write, I realize that this container is not unlike the “LBD” (little black dress)…elegant even without accessories but truly comes alive when bejeweled…oops, beflowered. Enjoy!
For Valentine’s — branches of all-white apple blossoms embrace a red-feathered heart.
Then Easter — with fuzzy bunnies gathered underneath and Easter eggs hanging from the giltwood chandelier. The piece de resistance for this time of year? My favorite lilies, soft yellow ‘Concodor’.
Early summer — what is sexier in this urn than an overflowing froth of chartreuse lady’s mantle?
Summer — blue and white is a winner all year long but these blue hydrangeas are such a Newport signature.
Fall — bountiful blooms of ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas almost overpower the urn.
And finishing out the year, Christmas — a “collerette” of cabernet red alstroemaria with sprayed-red beech tree branches.
What is your favorite container…and how do you dress it?