in a vase the day after Easter


This is about as close as we get to celebrating Easter: a pretty table and a nice dinner.


First, let’s talk about the container. It’s not exactly a vase, nor is it exactly a basket. My kids had the good fortune to go to a school with an art department. I guess you could say I’m the lucky one, to have several of their creations in my possession. This hand-built ceramic container with interesting glaze became an Easter basket for our table. It sits upon a white dinner plate to catch water runoff and give you a sense of scale.


Three small nursery pots just fit, with moss tucked around them to camouflage any plastic bits showing. Two white mini-carnations emit that wonderful, clove-like scent, while a single pot of sedum spills over the edge. A word about the carnations. Maurice, of Joy Creek Nursery, installed a water-wise border at the Auburn rest stop south of Portland. When we visited, it had been sadly neglected by those pledged to do the small bit of maintenance it required. Despite this, there were a few plants that were thriving. One of these was Dianthus hispanicus, which I immediately added to a border where Zauschneria, another survivor, already flourished. On one of my many stops at Means nursery, I found these, listed only as min-carnations, listed for a ridiculously low price. I plan to see if they are as bullet-proof as the named variety.


I couldn’t resist adding this goofy little bunny I made a couple of years ago.


So, you see, you can stretch the definition of what constitutes a vase to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday. I’m going to go one better and use it as an excuse to wish you all a Happy Belated Easter.

28 thoughts on “in a vase the day after Easter

    • Beth~Having a big basket of moss sitting on the front deck helps to think of it in many situations. I suppose it will dry up beyond use eventually, but there’s plenty more where that came from.

  1. Love it all, but the bunny takes the cake! Cute as can be… 🙂 That sedum is one of my faves – it is so pretty and it does a great job spilling over the sides of pots, so when your vase is disassembled you can have some more fun with it.

  2. That’s lovely rickii – the basket, the contents, your ‘goofy bunny’ and the whole overall effect Thanks for continuing to promote the thinking out of the box idea 🙂

  3. In our Jewish-Lutheran family, the kids got easter baskets but also attended a semi-traditional seder. This year it was just the two of us and our older son, so we had a modified dinner without the ceremony. Love the white carnations mixed with the greenery.

  4. What a delightful little rabbit home (vase). The flowers and moss make it look like something out of a children’s storybook – I picture the rabbit hole on a meadow hillside now – what a perfect and unique arrangement for Easter-time. Plus – what a great and special bonus of using a child’s piece of are in the mix.

  5. This is a gorgeous little arrangement. Such soft glazes on the pottery basket, and such intricate work on the weaving! Looks like a master potter’s work. I makes a perfect container for this composition. I like that all of the elements may be recycled and grown on in the garden. We call your white flowers “Dianthus,” and I grow quite a few since they are tough, pretty, and perennial. I’m sorry to hear about the neglected rest area. I hope someone will take up the challenge to maintain it. Best wishes, WG

    • Elizabeth~Maurice, the creator of the neglected border, was very sad when I talked to him about it. Still, it graphically illustrates what will soldier on with no attention.

  6. I love this composition, especially because you can plant it when you’re done! It’s lovely and unique. Not your typical flowers in a vase.

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