Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spring Garden In A Gravy Boat


I usually don't like to keep the plants I buy for indoors in the containers they come in. So when I found a large white gravy boat on clearance at Target a few weeks I ago I knew it would make a great planter.



I planted some little Grape Hyacinths and some mini daffodils in it!





I've planted various Paperwhites and Jonquils in this black transferware tureen all winter



This Campanula is planted in a small galvanized bucket from IKEA. This is actually a spring through summer flowering perennial. I'll plant it in my garden when it starts to look a little tired. Actually all the potted flowers get planted in my garden when they're spent. Double the bang for my buck as most of them will either come back next year or bloom again now in my garden. In the mean time they brighten my interiors!



Don't forget that this weekend I have a guest post by one of my readers and also check out the beautiful "Inspire Me" board that Karen made! Let me know if you make one as I'd love to see it! Have a great weekend!





33 comments:

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Beautiful touches of spring!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

It looks so spring-y at your house Manuela! I love that you buy plants, use them inside and them move them outdoors and plant them. Do you get them at a nursery or the grocery store?
Hugs,
Penny

Ally0005 said...

You have great ideas. Love your inside garden.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful flowers - I enjoy any touch of Spring I can get.
Glenda

southerninspiration said...

Great ideas...I do have an African violet in a gravy boat next to my sink!!

suzanne

Betsy said...

Beautiful! I love your sprouting bulbs!

Heather said...

very pretty! what a great idea using the gravy boat!

Rambling Girl said...

Oh how pretty that is. I never thought about using glassware to put pretty flowers in.

Vee said...

Delightful! Hope that you're having a fun time.

Abigail Hutchinson said...

Ah! I just love all the flowers! They are gorgeous! and the gravy boat...GENIUS! I totally just found a super cute solid white coffee cup at Walmart for $1 that I put in my bathroom for my toothbrushes and toothpaste. My toothbrushes were too fat for any traditional type holder!

Terri and Bob said...

I am definitely loving this!

Spruce Creek Farm said...

Feels like Spring is in the air ....except for that snow they are forcasting this weekend!
Brenda

adrienne said...

hyacinths smell sooooo good! cute idea with the gravy boat.

Dawn Gahan said...

Manuela,

I am such a fan of finding fun vessels for flowers (and for anything else other than what they were intended for!). My gravy boat holds my reading glasses.

Beautiful arrangements!

Dawn

jenjen said...

You have the most beautiful home Manuela! I love your ideas with flowers.

XOXO
Jen

Melissa Wertz said...

Beautiful gardens M. And yes you are a dishaholic and I know you will be receiving that award very soon! I feel very certain.... I hope that you will post it with pride.

A New England Life said...

So pretty! I'm loving all the spring flowers on blogs. What a feast for the eyes!

I have to confess, I was a little freaked out by the soil in the transferware container : / But everything presents beautifully. Including the pillow!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

These just make the flowers look so much more special. Lovely containers for flowers. laurie

Chrissy said...

I love the creative way you display your flowers. So nice to bring some spring inside when it hasn't quite arrived outside! Did you force bulbs? My amaryllis is getting ready to bloom, it looks so pretty! Have a great day!

Susan said...

Those flowers are beautiful! I would love to be out in the garden, unfortunately our ground is still frozen!

dana said...

I have a "brown thumb"--also known as the "kiss of death" when it comes to plants. I am so envious of your wonderful spring florals! You can come over to my house any time and give me "plant lessons"! :)

Dana

An Accomplished Woman said...

Spring has sprung at your home. Love your ideas.

Barb said...

Manuela, your flowers and the gravy boat are just together. Totally heart lifting.

Barb

mrsjones6 said...

I love your creative "pots" for early spring planting. They do look better than the plastic pots that they come in at Lowes. I hope that you have enjoyed your week celebrating your daughter's birthday. I am sure that you have made it so special for her.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Jen

ShabbyInTheCity said...

And a new tapestry pillow? Hehe...you can't slide that one past me...
Love the potting ideas!

Jean said...

Such a wonderful idea! It's great to have spring flowers inside when they aren't yet blooming outdoors. Jean

Lady Katherine said...

These are so delightful! I love the gravey boat! They are all so pretty! Spring is in your home! Great ideas, as always!

salmagundi said...

Spring has arrived at your house, I see. Enjoy it and have a great weekend. Sally

Sarah Kate said...

It is truely amazing what you can do with plants. You are my hero.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Your home looks wonderful! I love the gravy boat...what a sweet idea...surely I have something I could plant in...a roaster pan maybe? You have given me ideas!
Blessings,
Debbie

Sue said...

Hi Manuela...the flowers are so pretty, love the one in the IKEA tin...but the pillow is beautiful did you make it?? I wish you would change your mind about coming on Monday, your going to be missed..but we'll get together soon...have a great weekend and I hope your daughter enjoyed her birthday....

Tonia said...

I'm so glad to rediscover you. I loved the Feathered Nest and was heartbroken when you quit. I'm so glad your back.

Tonia

sallymandy said...

That's beautiful. I've just found your blog from Life at Willow Manor, and I'm going to get on your follower list. Looking forward to reading more.