I am a collector of cows and Blue Willow china, so it is only natural that I would have a couple of Delft cow creamers in my collection. One I bought and another was a gift from my niece. The feed bowl was a tiny vase done by my husband in college in a pottery class, therefore a historic artifact.
This idea came to mind when I realized the long stemmed flowers I was going to use hadn’t bloomed. Faced with short stemmed flowers I decided to give the creamers a try. The cows are eating ‘straw’ from the edges of palmetto fronds:
I am not sure the purpose of the tendrils on the edge of the palm fronds, but it makes great material for bird nests or maybe a little mulch for a potted plant. Here is a close up of the other flowers:
The big purple flower is from the Hong Kong Orchid tree (Bauhinia purpurea), these trees come in many colors and varieties and bloom in the winter. The red flowers are from Turks Cap which is a native and a relative of the Hibiscus (Malvaviscus arboreus), these bloom nearly year round. The yellow flowers are another native, Beach Sunflower (Helianthus debilis) the cheerful little Sunflower is becoming a favorite of mine. The sprigs of green are from the Artillery Fern (Pilea microphylla) – another one of those plants that just appears around here. Not really a fern, but more like a succulent with tiny leaves.
The Blue Willow china collection started with some pieces I inherited from my grandmother. I have added to the collection over the years and try to add pieces made in New England, Buffalo is my favorite, that is what my grandmother had (she was from Connecticut) I will probably continue collecting until the cows come home.