Thursday, January 27, 2011

Friday Flowers and Gift Horses

I just adore fresh flowers ,As you may have noticed I am not into arrangements ,I prefer to just plop them into a vase and let the flowers show there best side ,no stiff formal flowers for me.

The story about the jug and plate is interesting, when we first moved into this house and money was extremley tight ,my husbands then comapny decided to pay the annual bonus with gift vouchers to David Jones a very upmarket store that we would have normally not even looked in let alone shopped in.

So here we were with vouchers in a shop that really did not suit us but we had to spend them ,I saw this bowl and vase and although not being particularly in love with it bought it because it was the only thing that I half liked , at the time it cost about $200 way more than I had ever spent on a decorative item .13 years later and I so love it and am so happy that we did buy it because now I have something that I otherwise would never have kept.

 Whats that saying about looking a gift horse in the mouth:)
I am joining the Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time


  1. Funny how you can look at something one day and not really like it, then go back some time later and like it better! It looks like a very beautiful and versatile vase...and would suit lots of different kinds of flowers.

  2. Dear Sharon,
    Thanks for the visit. To answer your question about the flowers in my pictures, yes, I do know what they are called. The blue and pink flowers at the end of my post are Columbine. They come in many colors too! The yellow is so awesome and I do have pictures somewhere on my cd of flowers. Next time I will make sure I label all the pictures. They are so easy to grow too!
    I bet they could grow in pots as you like to do!

    The other flower the white with the pink insert is a Verbascum I dont know if I am spelling it correctly. It is from the hollyhock family. At least that is what I was told. They are all perennials but I always have trouble with them coming back. I have trouble with my hollyhock too. But I wont give up on them and I keep replanting every season. Hope this helps..
    Make sure you come back to visit as today is the Flora in Winter at our Art Museum (see older post) and I cant wait to see the floral arrangements. Going to take lots of pictures.
    Have a wonderful day,

  3. Hello Sharon
    Thank you for your visits to my blog and kind comments - I'm now following yours.
    The plate and vase are very pretty, our tastes change with time so it's nice that you like them now and imagine how much they're worth today!
    Gerberas last a long time as fresh cuts, don't they? The collage is lovely.

  4. love the daisies and the colors!! stunning...

  5. It is a beautiful vase Sharon, I am so glad that you decided to get it. Sometimes it works out that the things that we would normally get for ourselves are the ones that stay with us the longest! :)

    Love visiting, you always make it feel like Spring over here! :)

  6. Thats a beautiful collage and vase.

  7. The company my son-in-law works for did the same thing this Christmas. Not sure what they bought but I hope it works out as well as it did for you. It is a nice vase and goes well with the gerbras too.

  8. Sharon, hindsight is often full of smiles ... you did good, you have a wonderful treasure that brings you great joy. So love the florals ....

    Happy PS weekend ~
    TTFN ~

  9. You really picked a winner back then, and had good taste too! The vase is beautiful, and looks even prettier with flowers in it!
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  10. You live in an area that has an abundance of beauty. You shared some of that with us today.

  11. Happy Pink Saturday Sharon Sweetie...
    Oh my what a gorgeous share today. I love all of the vignettes. Gerbera daisies have always been one of my favorites and I always have them in my garden each year. Some come back volunteer, others don't make it for one reason or another.

    That bowl and vase will bring you many years of happiness yet to come. They are exquisite sweet friend.

    Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

  12. Beautiful post thank you for sharing,HPS.

  13. I think that is a great story - isn't it true that sometimes you think "well I might as well" and then later on you think "oh I am so glad I did!"
    Happy Pink Saturday

  14. I like flowers naturally and simple, too. And, yes, love the vase. Pink Saturday visit a little late. Have a wonderful week.

  15. your flowers are gorgeous and that ia a very good story! I often find myself thinking that I didn't really like something I have at first and it grew to be my favorite over time! funny how that happens.
    thanks for linking in this week..I hope you will be again soon

  16. I'm finally getting around to some of the ladies I missed on last Pink Saturday's posts.

    I love your beautiful pinks. Especially the daisies. I am a garden lover, so I can appreciate a breath of spring on a cold wintery day. Thank you for sharing your lovelies with us.

    Come by and visit me this weekend. Lots of pink pretties for Pink Saturday.

    xo Cathy