In A Vase on Monday – Til the Cows Come Home


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.



24 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Til the Cows Come Home

  1. George Rogers says:

    Those sunflowers seem like such happy meadow flowers where contented cows enjoy the day.


  2. Cathy says:

    This is absolutely delightful Amy – and I am so pleased that you are including bits of your collections and the tales behind them alongside your vase. It adds another dimension to the meme and is one of the reasons I love it so much.


  3. pbmgarden says:

    Clever! I like that Hong Kong Orchid.


  4. Christina says:

    Your creamers are delightful Amy, your flowers are mostly new to me.


  5. Kris P says:

    Those creamers make the cutest vases ever! I’ll be interested to hear how long your Bauhinia last in a vase – my Bauhinia x blakeana last only a couple of days.


  6. I love these little cow vases…very cute…and clever use of the palm tendrils!


  7. Chloris says:

    You collect cows? Well that is novel.Such pretty arrangements and as usual, lovely flowers. I am very jealous of your Bauhinia, such a lovely tree.


    • Moo to you, Liz. I will post my greyhound, Charles who looks like a Holstein next. We have also had a cow cat, one of my all time favorite cats. The Bauhinia is just starting and I am expecting it to be outstanding this year as we have had a lot of rain.


  8. Hannah says:

    Your cows are adorable, and great for your bright flowers, Amelia. I had been eyeing my cow creamer for use as a vase too, it is only white, without the lovely blue decorations, great for those short-stemmed flowers. But I also I have inherited and collected blue and white pottery.


  9. Bec says:

    Those are really lovely zingy flowers (which remind me of summer) not that the hibiscus would grow outside in manchester in the Uk) the cows are great… And you made me laugh about your chap’s efforts at pottery. Have a lovely week. Love bec xx ps I’ve got daffodils in my vase which shout Spring 🙂


  10. Noelle says:

    Love your amusing stories and both your arrangements this week.

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  11. Cathy says:

    I love your blue and white vases this week – and the contents too of course! The pink orchid is lovely and quite exotic to me.


  12. Julie says:

    Love your blue and white cow creamers. What a great idea to fill them with posies.

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