Muscari. Grape Hyacinths. Tiny floral jewels popping up in the spring soon after the crocus. But, this year? What happened? It might have been Spring’s late start or the rollercoaster of low to high temperatures every other day that held them off. Whatever it was, they’re here now…in waves of violet-blue against the chalky white of the birch…the fresh green of new grass. Time to grab a handful to bring indoors before the lawn crew comes and ….well, you know, that’ll be the end of that. And, what a perfect container in this Mid-Century piece of  Murano glass. My favorite vase shape, a cylinder, allows the hyacinths to arrange themselves when simply dropped in. I usually only pull this out to showcase Spring’s first daffodils, but when I noticed the similarity of the Muscari florets to the broken canes captured in this ” end of day” mix, well…it was a no-brainer.GrpHycHng_grayFMurno_grpHycMrno-GrpHycClsF

Branching out

April 14, 2012

No matter where you are in the country there should be copious amounts of flowering branches available…if not in your own yard maybe a kindly neighbor or friend? A small armload of judiciously pruned branches~ be they cherry, quince, forsythia or peach~can make quite a statement when brought indoors. Pull out your glass cylinder vase, pound those woody stems and let them arrange themselves.

What a steal…

January 4, 2012

It’s amazing what $1.99 will get you when you check out the ” manager’s special” buckets in the floral dept. at Kroger. Run them home and pull out one of the cylinder vases that is a  simplequietmodern must have. Strip off the foliage and gather the heads into a tight domed arrangement and tie the bundle together with some jute twine ( or even black electrical tape in a pinch). Cut the stems so the mound sets gently on the rim of the cylinder and you are done and done. All this style for a whopping two bucks.