Pitcher Per­fect

Country Sampler - - Thrifty -

Press­ing a pitcher into ser­vice as a vase is not a new idea, but it is one worth re­vis­it­ing, espe­cially if the ves­sel is large enough to hold a boun­ti­ful ar­range­ment. Se­lect one in sim­ple white iron­stone or stoneware that will al­low vi­brant gar­den flow­ers to shine. Crush a piece of chicken wire to cre­ate a flower frog and tuck it into the pitcher. Add wa­ter and then in­sert tall, spiky flow­ers, such as del­phinium or fox­glove. Next, in­cor­po­rate lower, mounded blooms—for ex­am­ple, blue and white hy­drangea. Fi­nally, fill in with pro­fu­sions of gera­nium blos­soms and mil­lion bells. Po­si­tion the group­ing on a coun­ter­top, buf­fet ta­ble or porch en­try­way as a show-stop­ping fo­cal point.

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