Eclectic bud vases add lots of symphony to your floral art. They look beautiful on a coffee table with some coffee table books stacked under it. One can pretty much add any flower they like but we love to add ranunculus.
Ranunculus is part of the buttercup family. They open up slowly in layers to reveal beautiful petals in a complex structure. When they start to open, petals that were once packed and restrained are now airy and light so that their color can be displayed in all its beauty. They come in a snowy white, chalky pink, sharp yellow, ochre, warm orange, hot pink, flaming red, rich plum, deep violet and an almost black oxblood. They naturally droop a bit which gives them a lot of character and when you use them in arrangements as the flowers that are going “stray” or as Sarah Winward puts it: “fly-aways”
We used a pressed glass bud vase and two stems of ranunculus. We stripped the leaves off the flowers at first and cut one longer than the other to create good visual balance. When you use them in bud vase make sure they don’t get snapped as they’re fragile flowers. Also, when filling up a bud vase make sure you don’t fill up the water to the top.
Why did we use a pressed glass vase? Here’s a little lesson on pressed glass: When manufacturers began producing pressed glass (1850-1910); patterns ranged from very plain to very elaborate cut glass imitations. The market tried and tested each pattern. Even patterns with animals, fruits and floral were designed and created, with attention to fine details. Some of the patterns were produced as full table settings, while others were produced only in goblet form or single tableware pieces. People originally bought goblets and tableware for their beauty and artistic design and that trend has pretty much continued as we continue to “upgrade” our table settings with beautiful pressed glass goblets.