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.

In a vase on Monday: daffodils


I found this china bowl on Saturday at the weekly Stuttgart flohmarkt (flea market). It has a transferware pattern and two stripes of orange lusterware glaze. The mark on the bottom says “made in USSR.” It cost me €7, and I am very pleased with myself about it.


I added two little pots of forced miniature daffodils from the grocery store.


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

Banquet tablescape

“Table set in preparation for a banquet at Queens Hotel, Townsville,” Queensland, ca. 1885, photographer unknown, via State Library of Queensland on flickr.

Click on the image to enlarge it.  Or, even better, you can click on ‘via’ above and then on that image to zoom around all the details. (I love all the various ways the napkins are folded.)

Or, if you would like to see some creative current table arrangements made by other garden bloggers, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for “In a vase on Monday.”