So, I got my peonies home from Red Twig Farms and got down to my favorite thing about flowers—arranging them! I’m not a huge fan of glass vases; I don’t like seeing the stems, and the water gets gunky. So I reached for my trusty art deco creamware vase from Zanesville, Ohio’s own Shawnee Pottery. The Shawnee company opened in 1937, and their pieces are pretty easy to find at flea markets and antiques stores—many for a fairly reasonable price. Best of all, their matte finish and (usually) muted colors let the blossoms be the stars, which in my mind is kind of the point. If you’re out and about, keep your eyes open for Shawnee vases, as well as pieces from McCoy, Roseville, and Hull, which have a similar vibe.
And don’t feel like you have to be limited to vases! I use all sorts of vessels—whatever I find in the house—to hold fresh flowers. To date, I’ve used pitchers, ice buckets, coffee mugs, and tea pots & cups. I’ve even placed glass jars inside decorative boxes and paper bags. The next time someone brings you flowers, take a look around your home to see what might work…I know you’ll love the results.