Vase Envy

– Posted in: Succulents

Orange nasturtiums cropped.2 Do you remember the first time you were enchanted by cut flowers in a vase? Although each element was lovely on its own, combined they were amazing. My mother filled jars with nasturtiums, which grew in sunny patches in the avocado orchard. Unfortunately, they last only two days before they start to look tired. Aren’t we always looking for flowers with staying power? Alstroemerias, proteas, roses…what’s your preference? Before you answer, consider: You may be creating a child’s fond memory. These are from my garden. CRW_4006 Above: Red-and-white miniature roses, ivy geraniums and Martha Washington geraniums (pelargoniums). CRW_4736_JFR Alstroemerias, aloe flowers, yellow roses. CRW_5685_JFR Pink ‘Simplicity’ roses, Crocosma repens ‘Marble Queen’, aeonium flowers. DCP_5425 Roses and bulbine blooms. Wish I knew what the blue is. IMG_1405 Echeveria flowers in a midcentury figurine. It suggests a little girl who happened upon flowers, and gathered them in her apron. IMG_2990 Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ in a green vase chosen because the base echoes the shape of the rosette. IMG_3018 Aloe flower in a Fiestaware vase. Blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel, so the contrast is eye-popping. IMG_3460 Succulent rosettes repeat the colors in this blown-glass, iridescent vase. I’m curious, do you say “vahz” or “vayz”? I say “vayz” but I suspect “vahz” is correct.

My goal is to share the beauty of waterwise, easy-care succulents in gardens, containers and landscapes via blog postsnewsletterspublic speaking and workshopsphotosvideosmerchandise, and social media (Facebook and Pinterest). My books: Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardensand Succulents Simplified.  www.debraleebaldwin.com 

Debra Lee Baldwin
Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored the Timber Press bestsellers Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified. Debra is a regular contributor to Sunset and other publications, and her own half-acre garden near San Diego has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens. Debra specializes in showing how to use architectural, waterwise and easy-care succulents in a wide variety of appealing and creative applications. www.debraleebaldwin.com.
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Tira July 6, 2014, 4:50 am

Hi Debra
I also prefer flowers that are cut from the garden or from the local farmers to the unecological imported florists blooms which in my opinion aren’t anywhere as pretty or charming.
My first memory of flowers in a vase is of an arrangement of my mother in a white china jug patterned with red roses. The blooms would have been things like zinnias or anthuriums, she would change the blooms according to what was in the garden.
We grew up saying say “vahz” but now most people say “vayze”
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Vidya Sury July 6, 2014, 11:24 am

I remember learning “vahz” in school. All the photos are lovely, Debra. But i love the succulents in the last “vayz” best :). See? I can say both! enjoyed your post! is it true that when we add a spoon of sugar to the water, the flowers stay fresher longer? I know the ants love it.
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Kacky July 6, 2014, 5:23 pm

Vayz. Love the different combos! The little girl is especially cute but my favorite is probably the Aeonium…no the succulent rosettes one….a tie.
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Janis commentz July 7, 2014, 12:03 am

Lovely floral photographs– but I paused—I HAVE the same vase of the girl with the flowers in her skirt– but in BLUE!! My mom was married in 1939 – and I can only guess it’s from around that time period–what do you know about the vase? Thank you!!

Michael Romero July 7, 2014, 12:57 am

inspiring article, I really like the succulent/fresh flower combos. i think pronunciation depends on how expensive the vayz/vahz was. ;)

Debra Lee Baldwin July 7, 2014, 1:45 am

Michael, LOL. I think you’re right! Janis, the same vase in blue is not as common as mine. The design has the look of Disney’s Snow White, doesn’t it? To learn more, Google “California pottery.”

Candice Suter July 7, 2014, 3:20 am

That iridescent vase is incredible with the color of those succulents. Looks like the rainbow just keeps on swirling around. I love it!

Edith July 7, 2014, 10:31 am

lovely arrangements. where did you get the bottom iridescent vase??? I WANT it!

Cheryl creeger July 7, 2014, 5:12 pm

I absolutely swooned when I saw the metallic swirl vase and succulents. Beautiful, beautiful.

The little girl got my attention, too, reminding me of a very pretty figurine in a similar style done in yellow and whites. I must google California pottery. Thanks for the lovely post.

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