In a Vase on Monday. Floating Flowers.

If like me, you get carried away with your flower arranging for a dinner table, you end up with your guests having to duck and dive to see each other as they talk across the table. In my house at this time of the year guests may find themselves having to peer through dancing catkins and if they suffer from allergies they choke on the pollen. So I bought a pretty shallow Italian Majolica dish on eBay. Floating flowers means we can all see each other and they are so easy to do. This little dish wasn’t an extravagance, it cost £3.99 on Ebay. I love the little blue dragon fly. I used moss to keep the flowers upright and filled it with a rainbow of primroses. Job done.




I was so pleased at the ease and speed with which I did this that I decided to have some more floating flowers and the obvious choice for this time of the year is hellebores. We all know how they droop within an hour or two of picking no matter how you preprep them so they are an obvious candidate for this treatment. I found a large shallow bowl that my dear potter friend, Janet made us for a wedding present and I filled it with these beguiling little faces. What could be easier and prettier?

Oh dear, on the dining room table in full sun the colours don’t come out well on a photograph, they will have to go outside.

That’s better. Do join Cathy and the other In a Vase on Monday enthusiasts. It’s great fun.

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42 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Floating Flowers.

  1. croftgarden says:

    I do like small simple arrangements and these are perfect gems. The damselfly on the delicate dish is a lovely adjunct to the flowers.

  2. Christina says:

    Richard would definitely approve as he hates my vases on the table! Both arrangements are gorgeous, so full of colour and the perfect way to enjoy the Hellebores as they so often hang their heads. BTW you might want to check the link from Cathy’s page as it didn’t work for me.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Christina. I am hopeless at dealing with the technology of blogging and my links often don’t work. I don’t really know what I am doing wrong.

  3. Such beautiful arrangements. 💗

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Love your floating party. Beautiful array of colors and blooms. The Italian Majolica dish was a great purchase you’ll enjoy for years!

  5. Cathy says:

    I was anticipating hellebores so was pleasantly surprised to find two dishes of floating flowers. What a pretty bargain you found on eBay and so perfect for the primula. I am going to dig up some of my ‘coloured’ primula to pot up for the Coop after seeing yours but I need some more small terracotta pots first! What a variety you have. and lovely hellebores too. Sadly, as Christina has mentioned, your link is sometimes amiss – you seem to be copying and pasting the wrong thing…it needs to be what you see in the address bar. I will change it for you in your comment this time

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, I am delighted with my little eBay dish. Thank you Cathy, I know you have told me before that I got my link wrong. I don’t really know why I can’t get it right. When I have written a post I highlight the heading where it says permalink.

      • Cathy says:

        What is happening, Chloris, is that for a longer title an ellipsis is inserted as there isn’t room for the full title – and that means the link won’t work. Presumably where the link has been successful for you is where the title is shorter. As my titles tend to be on the long side I always publish the post, view it, then copy and paste the URL in the address bar. Alternatively you could click on ‘get shortlink’ after you have written the post (it’s at the other end of the line that gives you the permalink) and it will give you a gobbledygook link of letters and numbers which is, as it suggests, short! Try it and see!

      • Chloris says:

        Thank you Cathy. Goodness the things you know. I am always fumbling in the dark when it comes to technology. It would suit me better if we could blog by carrier pigeon. Or men running about with messages in cleft sticks.

      • Cathy says:

        I do a lot of fumbling myself and often it is trial and error, but I know there has to be some logic in it and usually feel the fumbling has been worth it when I come up with a solution. Google sometimes helps too (in this instance ‘WordPress permalink does not work’ might bring up how others have solved the problem). I only know what I need to know or find interesting so am only computer literate around the edges 😉

      • Cathy says:

        ps pigeons and men with cleft sticks sound fun 🙂

  6. bcparkison says:

    Yes floating flowers are great way to display. When children ‘pick’ a little too close it is the only way to display. lol

  7. Peter Herpst says:

    I love the primroses and moss idea – so bright and cheerful! There’s no better way to enjoy cut hellebores than to float them so that one can appreciate their faces. Well done!

  8. Kris P says:

    Both vases (bowls) are lovely. I keep planning to buy some primroses for my lath house but their season here is already nearly done so I guess that plan needs to go on the list for next year. (Who am I kidding? I don’t have an actual list charting “to-dos” that far out.) I wish I had that many hellebore blooms to show off but that’s a pipe dream.

  9. I love floating hellebores, so pretty. I haven’t ever floated primroses and they look joyful. I expect your guests loved them

  10. tonytomeo says:

    Hey, that is pretty cool for primroses and hellebores. I used to do it with camellias. At work, we needed to pluck off all the flowers from the daphne to get it produce more vegetative stems for cuttings. It was a weird but necessary procedures. Rather than discard all the plucked off flowers, I put them in a bowl on the coffee table until they went bad. The were not floated like these, but just put in the bowl like a fragrant and inedible salad.

  11. Cathy says:

    Both displays are lovely Chloris! I agree that floating hellebores is the best way to show them off and they last a bit longer too. I floated aquilegia once, which was also a success. You have so many different primulas – they must look gorgeous in the spring garden!

  12. Chloris says:

    Thank you Cathy. Aguilegias are a good idea and I like Tony’s idea of floating camellias. Most of the colourful primulas are in the greenhouse.

  13. AlisonC says:

    Gorgeous. A beautiful bowl and a perfect way to arrange spring flowers. I’m sure it was a talking point. My family get used to living around the vases of bits and pieces.

  14. I love the Primulas and the eBay bowl, my grandmother usually floated Camellias in a crystal bowl at Thanksgiving.

  15. susurrus says:

    Both are very beautiful.

  16. What an exquisite Ebay find Chloris. Your floating floral fantasies are most eye-catching as well as guest friendly.

  17. The floating Primroses are charming – I have seen this done only with Hellebores.

  18. snowbird says:

    I do love shallow dishes and these are just beautiful. I love your ebay purchase, a total steal! xxx

    • Chloris says:

      I buy all my vases and jugs on eBay for such small amounts of money that I am surprised people can be bothered to wrap them up and post them..

  19. bittster says:

    Your range of primula are fantastic! Here they die faster than my collecting can replace them. I love the pale pink hellebore with the strong speckles. What a beautiful pattern.

    • Chloris says:

      These garish primroses are cheap and I don’t bother keeping them from year to year and I certainly don’t want to plant them in the garden. They would stand out like ostriches.

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