In a vase on Monday: London

Last week, we were in London, and, walking around Whitehall, I discovered the 18th century Blewcoat School building and this beautiful botanical display.

I thought I would share it for today’s “In a vase. . .,” since I haven’t been able to buy flowers, and nothing is blooming in the yard (although I think I will see primroses along the fence by next week).


The building now houses a fancy bridal shop, Ian Stewart.


Why the use of onions, I’m not sure — they do seem to be cooking onions and not ornamental Alliums. There may be a connection to unity and wholeness (round, concentric layers).  One website said onions were once given as marriage presents during the Middle Ages.

A chair covered in twigs.

At the side of the building.

To see what other bloggers have put in a vase today, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

23 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday: London

    1. A few were already sprouting. It would be interesting to see the baskets turn green. I’ll have to do a search in a few weeks and see if anyone has posted new pictures on social media.

    1. Our hotel was actually on the same street as the shop, but we always turned another way to get to restaurants, etc., but that evening we weren’t paying attention. I was amazed to find such a beautiful little structure from the 1700s in the middle of so many modern office buildings — but London is like that. It was a school for poor boys (they had to wear blue or ‘blew’ coats — blue dye was cheaper), but I believe I read that it became co-ed in the late 1700s.

  1. Onions as fruit, eggs, the fecundity of spring. The possibility of new life contained in a bulb. A new life as a couple. My mind went to St. David’s day & leeks being allium but that’s a bit of a stretch. Thanks for sharing this wonderful work!

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