In a Vase on Monday – A Little Teapot

Anyone else remember this song? “I’m a Little Teapot,” released 1939. It was a favorite of my mother’s. This is her teapot, a wedding gift from 1950. I remember this making its daily appearance on the kitchen counter brewing tea for that iconic Southern beverage (appropriate for all occassions) syrupy sweet Iced Tea.

From Wikipedia:

The original lyrics are as follows:[4]

I’m a little teapot,
Short and stout,
Here is my handle
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up,
Hear me shout,
Tip me over and pour me out!

I’m a very special teapot,
Yes, it’s true,
Here’s an example of what I can do,
I can turn my handle into a spout,
Tip me over and pour me out!

I aged out of the ability to drink Sweet Iced Tea at age 16. With the amount of sugar usually added, it is just too sweet for me. My grandmother added saccharine tablets to hers which put me off of Iced Tea for years. I would pray for Coca Cola at her house. Since then, straight up with a lemon is the only way I drink Iced Tea. I know, I am a bad Southerner.

I love this teapot because the interior has signifigant tea stain, evidence of what a mainstay this was in my mother’s kitchen.

I have a lot of plants in this little teapot. Tropical Gardenias (Tabernaemontana diviricata) started the idea – white and fragrant, they come from a ten foot tall tree form shrub that is over my head and wonderful to stand under and inhale the scent while trimming a few flowers. I have two types of Coleus foliage (Plectranthus whateveritisnow) – chartreuse and burgundy and chartreuse. White spikes are a few pieces of white Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea) – who are these people naming plants again?

Another view:

Tiny white flowers are from Tree Spinach (Chaya) – a superfood for people that I planted for butterflies. I haven’t eaten any as it is toxic unless you know how to cook it. Pink fuzzies are the Dwarf Chenille Plant (Acalphya pendula).

Another view:

As always, thank you to Cathy at for hosting this addictive garden meme. Sundays would not be the same at my house without it. Follow the link to see more vases.

Happy Gardening!


30 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – A Little Teapot

  1. pbmgarden says:

    This teapot arrangement is beautiful. The Coleus is a grand addition. I have my grandmother’s teapot–similar color but different form. Drank lots of sweet tea growing up.

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  2. Cathy says:

    I have not heard a second verse to these lyrics before (and it would have to be an unusual teapot to do what it says) and the version on the CD of children’s songs I play for my grandchildren doesn’t refer to steam although I can’t remember what the alternative is! I like your reasons for particularly liking this teapot… And of course I like the contents, especially all the bright greens that enliven the whole thing

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  3. tonytomeo says:

    Those tropical gardenias are so cool! Unfortunately, they would not be happy here. Heck, even real gardenias are difficult (and no one knows why).

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  4. Kris P says:

    It’s a very pretty combination, Amelia. The touch of red in the coleus foliage and the chenille flowers echo the color of the teapot and the white and lime green colors add a fresh contrast. I love it.

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  5. Noelle M says:

    That is an altogether charming post with your memories of iced tea. The foliage is beautiful and I can imagine the scent given off by the gardenias is delightful.

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  6. Cath says:

    I remember that song – we used to sing it in play school, and do the actions of tipping over to pour. 🙂 That tropical gardenia must be a wonderful tree in bloom. It looks very pretty in the vase too and must scent the room.

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  7. Cathy says:

    Your teapot is adorable! I really love the flowers and foliage you have used this week. So pretty. Definitely one of your prettiest arrangements! 😃 And I remember the song too, of course. But we sang ‘When the tea is ready, hear me shout. Tip me up and pour me out’. 😃

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  8. Your gardenias bloom for a long time. It is always nice to have an object that brings back memories. And I often wonder what people were thinking when they named plants and birds.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    A lovely tapestry of color, Amy. Sweet memories to go with the teapot. It is probably good that you don’t have a sweet tooth – it dampens your immune system!

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