Think outside the vase and upcycle a vintage honey can as a vase for garden flowers. Post includes includes flower arrangement longevity tips and additional floral inspiration.
Happy Monday! The garden has burst into bloom and is buzzing with bees!
And I’m joining my blogging friends to share some floral inspiration and Monday Morning Blooms! You’ll find my links to my flower-loving friends’ blooms at the bottom of this post.
Our common theme for this week’s edition of MMB was a flower arrangement using a jar or can with a label. I found this ‘Bradshaw’s Clover Blossom Honey’ can on eBay. I was all abuzz over the vibrant *bee*utiful graphics, depicting bees swarming around a bee skep! The seller identified it as a 1940s-era can. I’m not sure that’s accurate given how pristine the can is, but it spoke to my bee-loving heart.
I used one of my favorite tools for flower arranging, chicken wire, which is reusable, unlike floral foam. Cut your chicken wire wider and longer than your container, so you have a several inches of wire on all sides of your container to bend and hold it securely in place. Chicken wire is easy to cut with pliers and is available at most craft stores, online, or at garden centers.
I picked up a $4 bundle of sunflowers at the grocery store for a pop of sunny yellow color to go with the color of the bee skep on the can. The other flowers in the arrangement were blooms growing around the Potting Shed, including a few of ‘bee favorites’ like this Lamb’s Ear, currently buzzing with bees . . .
And bee balm which attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
If you want a plant that attracts pollinators, self-sows and that tolerates the heat, plant Verbena Lollipop! It grows in zones 6 – 10 and prefers full sun in well-drained soil. Find your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone by zipcode, here.
We had several new clumps of Lollipop that volunteered this spring, seeded from last year’s plants. I’m a firm *bee*liever in not being too hasty when it comes to pulling your ‘weeds’ in case you can identify them after a little growth as a flower. . . or that’s my excuse anyway. ;)
For a little whimsy in my arrangement, I used my bee magnets that I use to transform my napkin rings. . .
I used a metal binder clip, on top of a bamboo skewer.
I placed one bee magnet on the can, covering up the ‘Net Weight 5 lbs.’ . .
And added the second bee to the clip, tucking the skewer down in the hydrangea until the clip and skewer were concealed.
Like a little bit of jewelry for the flower arrangement!
Have a seat on the bench by the window boxes. . .
A bee hive shaped watering can is blooming with garden flowers. . .Veronica, Endless Summer Hydrangeas, Verbena Lollipop and Queen Anne’s Lace.
And joins a couple of decorative bee skeps.
Here are few tips to help extend the life of your flowers in your arrangement:
💐 Start with a clean container or vase, washing thoroughly to remove potential bacteria that will shorten the life of your flowers.
💐 Cut your flower stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and remove any leaves below the water line.
💐 Always add the floral preservative packets to your vase water that come with your flowers. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.
💐Check your water level to top it off if necessary. Some flowers like hydrangeas are heavy drinkers.
💐 If you’re using cut hydrangeas, use the alum-dipping method to keep them from wilting.
💐 Keep your flower arrangement away from heat or direct sunlight.
💐When using garden flowers, cut them in the early morning when they are fully hydrated and not water stressed from the heat. For best results, condition them prior to arranging them, placing them in floral preservative / water solution for several hours or preferably overnight.
💐 Once a flower starts to fade, remove it from the bouquet as soon as possible. A dying flower releases ethylene gas that will hasten the decline of other flowers in your arrangement.
💐 Change your vase water every other day if possible.
This bee flew over to enjoy a little nectar from the Lamb’s Ear in the arrangement. . .
He flew to several flowers in the arrangement, including the white hosta blooms, but the lamb’s ear was the clear favorite.
Honey, It’s Good! 🐝
*Buzz* over to visit my talented blogging friends to see their floral inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
Bee u t ful is every way! 🐝 I once had an Italian themed dinner party and at the last minute used the Cento whole tomato cans for my vases. Big hit.
Mary, Your arrangement is BEEutiful! I love the honey can you found for a vase. It makes such a sweet (pun intended!) vase for your garden flowers. Your bee skeps + watering can + window boxes and bench = garden love to me! Thank you for sharing your garden and flowers with us.
OK…I have to say this too….BEEE-UUU-TIFUL!!!….The arrangement in the vintage honey can is so Mary!!…and who cannot just give a deep sigh when seeing that beeutiful arrangement amongst the flowers adorning the potting shed with bee skeps and the watering cans…so very Mary!! Seeing your bee skeps makes me want to sift through the “storage abyss” to find mine! Love the jewels amongst the flowers! I did order those magnets and look forward to doing a project with them…My favorite Mondays are the first and third Mondays of the month as i get to enjoy it with my wonderful Monday Morning Bloom friends! Have a most BEE-UUU-TIFUL day Mary!
Your bee can is adorable! Love the idea of adding the bee magnets to hide the weight and such! Very cute!
The arrangement is beautiful!
I love your creativity and the bee magnets in your gorgeous arrangement Mary! I MUST plant some lamb’s ear for the bees! Your shed is beautiful with your blooming window boxes…sigh! Thank you for the beauty share whether in the garden,with your arrangements or table settings. Kathy P
What a great place to show off your MMBlooms! Love your theme and your eBay find was perfect for you. I’ve never seen honey in a can before. Great pics of all your pollinators. What is the key to growing lambs ear? I don’t have good luck with it.
Your arrangement is so pretty and I love the verbena lollipop, Queen Anne’s lace, lambs ear, hosta blooms, and bee balm that you added to the hydrangeas and sunflowers. Just delightful.
I was delightfully surprised this morning to see a male and a female at my bluebird house. Fingers crossed! Thanks for your article about the ants and how to prevent them.
Lovely post. Have a great week.
Thank you Bonnie! How fun Mr. & Mrs. Bluebird showed up at your house, I hope they take up residence! Lamb’s Ear needs full sun with well drained soil and not too much water, that’s about it! It was really struggling for me with our rainy fall and spring but perked back when it dried up with sunshine returning and our heat. Happy June ♥
Mary, what a feast of bee-uty this morning. Your honey can was perfect for your bee-utiful blooming garden full of buzzing bees. The bee jewelry is so sweet added to your gorgeous arrangement of flowers cut from your garden. I need your secret to growing lamb’s ear, I have tried three times and it looks great and then all of a sudden it turns brown and dies. Your window boxes look so vibrant and lush and those endless hydrangeas are show-stoppers! It is always a pleasure to join my talented friends for Monday Morning Blooms! Wishing you a lovely day!
Loving your floral days, I am always up for anything honoring our bees!
I love everything Bee and using the sweet bee as jewelry in the arrangement is too cute. I was in Home Depot’s garden center last week when I stopped to watch a lady taking pictures of some sun flowers only to find there was a big bumble bee enjoying them. I wanted to play with the fat bee. I think about how we will be totally changed when Jesus returns and get to play with all of God’s creation. Lovely flowers, lovely containers.
FaBEElous Mary! Naturally you had a real bee arrive just in time for a photo op! I love the bee magnets too, so clever how you added them. The can is adorable, great find, and I can’t image having to wrangle honey out of a big can! Your vignette by the potting shed is so lovely, so many gorgeous blooms and of course the bee skeps…I don’t remember seeing the tall one before is that new? Great theme for MMB, I can’t wait to visit the others! Thanks always for the flower tips, I always learn something!
Thanks, Mary for not using floral foam! Floral foam never breaks down and to produce floral foam is very polluting. It is also not healthy to be working with it. There is a huge outreach going on to educate people about the #nofloralfoam movement and you are again a great educator.
Absolutely stunning. Your artistic flair offers everyone a much needed escape from a hurried world. Thanx bunches!!
Such a lift to my day!! Love your potting shed and the bee skeps. We have a beautiful day today as it is a little cooler. Thank you so much for your “gift” of flowers. My geraniums are blooming their little hearts out & I am waiting for my bee to show up! Enjoy your day!
Mary, Your arrangements are *bee*autiful & the unique honey can is a perfect addition to your bee inspired theme. I love your bee floral jewelry; a wonderful idea! A seat beside your potting shed is a treat indeed! I don’t weed either until I give the volunteer flowers a chance to show themselves. Happy Monday! Clara 💕
Beautiful. Since you brought up the subject of ethyline gas, I will tell you something I saw on TV this weekend. I have not tried it so I don’t have feedback but you might check it out. Debbie Meyer was selling her green bags. She said she slides a large bag over her cut flowers at night to make them last longer.
Oh Mary, your charming honey vase is bee-utifully arranged with a profusion of colors. Thank you for your wonderful tips on arranging and preserving of flowers. Those Verbena Lollipops are so fun, and I love that they reseeded for you. Your window boxes look so flourishing already! You have the magic gardening touch! 🐝 🌸 🐝🌺
This won’t post the pic but this has your name written ALL over it. Happy Shopping.
Thank you Frances, I’ve been tempted by those bee cookie stamps! 🐝
Darling Mary, your post today is just beelightful! Such a beautiful arrangement, and that can is beyond charming. You have such a talent for making the most lovely settings, looking at your photos is almost like I’m there with you. Everything looks so green, lush and fresh….summer is almost here and I know you will love spending lots of time outdoors by your beautiful lake. Mary, thank you for always lifting my morning with your words and photos, your grace and style, and your friendship. I love sharing Monday Morning Blooms with you, friend. xo Lidy
Mary, invite me to sit on that garden bench and you might not get me to go home! Your bee arrangement and details delight me. I have a set of those cute magnets. Great idea to add them to flower arrangements. You are always so clever! Happy Monday!
I enjoy coming to your garden! What a delight my friend! And the extra bonus today with the gorgeous Honey Can! Love it all!
Love when you take something ordinary and make it into something so beautiful! Love the magnet idea. The flowers are gorgeous!
Ha, ha, they really are busy little bees aren’t they! Very pretty, enjoy your beautiful gardens Mary, everything looks very happy:@)
Just beautiful!!! Such a pretty treat for the eyes!!! Thank you for sharing your little slice of heaven with us!!!
Love this post! Where did you find such beautiful bee sells ?
Thank you Mary, I found the bee skeps at HomeGoods and Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago 🐝
I mean bee skeps!
So Beautiful everything you share
This post is just dripping with honey-sweetness! Love the vintage honey can, what a find! The magnets are perfect for the final touch and thank you for telling us about them, I love mine. Over the years of following you, I have quite a few things from the “Mary collection” and they bring me so much joy. Now that we are back from vacation and settling in, I have to get out to my shed and pull out all the pots and garden items. I can finally plant some flowers now that our fear of frost is past. We have to wait until May 31st! Happy Days are here again🎶, Garden on, Miss Mary! 🐝☀️🐝
Your gardan is breathtaking!
Totally adorable. I had no idea lambs’ ear actually grew a bloom spike. Maybe they never get warm enough up here in Chicagoland to do that, and I usually plant them every year. Such fun photos of the shed and all your wonderful plants, Our peonies still haven’t bloomed…hard with only 1 day of sun out of 7 and all-time record rainfall for May—crazy! That’s why I enjoy visiting your blog—seems like perpetual summer—MOST of the time!
Your area around the potting shed looks so full and cheerful! Your ideas are always that – cheerful, ANDclever, with carefully chosen words to go right along with it. Love it.
A beautiful post Mary, thank you for sharing all of your ideas with us! have a nice week. :)
Thank you so much for using hosta blooms in your arrangement! I love hosta blooms and I feel like they are so often overlooked. Leave it to you to include them!