Put your antique glass collection to good use with a formal arrangement. Working with glass jewelry boxes or candy jars with solid bottoms, cut roses to size, then add them to the top and fill it with approximately two inches of water.
This photo, taken at the National Heirloom Exposition, shows a billowing arrangement of antique flowers grown not just for garden beauty but also as great long-lasting cut flowers – a great way to bring outdoors beauty and fragrance indoors.
The word “heirloom” comes from an old English term meaning “inherited tools” but now refers to anything – including plants – passed along or shared with others. Unlike a hand-me-down tool or even a cherished antique statue, which only one person at a time can possess, heirloom plants can be shared and preserved among countless gardeners, who keep the plants going for future generations to enjoy.
Instead of running out and buying decorative objects to intersperse with your serving ware, use heirloom silver and pewter sets for graphic shape, antique metallic finishes and a warm sense of history.