In a Spode ‘Vase’ on Monday

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Joining in with Cathy’s ‘In a Vase on Monday’, here is a Spode jug filled with hydrangea, alchemilla mollis and self sown musk mallow
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which is also my bloom of the day over on Cee’s photographic blog. The mallow has arrived in my garden, seeding itself in gravel in both white and pink. The flowers have a delicate smell of honey.

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The hydrangeas are at my favourite stageDSC_0650

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just before they get all buxom and blousy

 

 

 

such soft interesting shades all on the same bush.
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The jug was given to me by my mother-in-law many years ago. The crocheted cotton doily was made by my maternal step-grandmother whom I called Dabbity.

DSC_0683She was a Domestic Science teacher and I learnt so much from her about cooking, gardening and crafting. We sat for many happy hours knitting and sewing together whilst my Granddad also a teacher, would read snippets from the newspapers to us which resulted in deep discussions about life, the universe and everything.DSC_0682

My mother-in-law loved fine china, and I can still hear her describing the beauty of this jug to me as she gave it, gently stroking the twisted handle and telling me all about this very special design.DSC_0692

DSC_0685And explaining about the significance of the markings on the bottom of the jugDSC_0695

which gives it the date it was made and where. Sadly, I can’t remember the details of what she told me, but I understood that it was a very special and valuable jug – consequently it sits hiding away in a glass cabinet, never to be used as a jug as it is now also so precious for sentimental reasons. I really never want to own any more precious breakable things – the responsibility is too weighty!

It is lovely to be able to bring the jug out and share it with the other arrangers in this wonderful meme. Here with the photo of my mother-in-law (and father-in-law)vase and picture

at our wedding in 1972. My mother-in-law, Pearl, was a hard-working farmer, a brilliant gardener, knitter and cook and the most lovely Granny to my 3 children.

Fond memories.

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43 responses to “In a Spode ‘Vase’ on Monday

  1. Hello! Gorgeous flowers and the jug is precious! They go great together. Loved the pictures. 😀

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  2. What I really love about this meme, are not just the beautiful flowers, the vases, but also the lovely memories which we can share.

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  3. A beautiful vase, the hydrangeas make me think of Christmas, that is when they flower here.

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  4. Just discovered you through Ronovan’s Haiku blog and what a lovely discovery! Such a beautiful arrangement and your Spode jug is charming. Spode glaze is always very good so using it for flowers will not damage it because the glaze should not be crazed or absorb water. Meilleur voeux! 🙂

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  5. Thanks for sharing the memories – how wonderful! The twisted handles on that jug must have been applied separately by hand 🙂 I love your mallow and indeed the whole arrangement is so lovely!

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    • You are very kind, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, the touch of the potters hands in so much of the making of the jug is what made it special to my mother-in-law and now to me.

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  6. Beautiful flowers, vase and story.

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  7. What an exquisite vase and arrangement! So beautiful, they compliment each other so well. Lovely to hear about the special memories you have associated with the jug. 🙂

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    • Thank you Eliza. This meme is such a rich experience on so many levels isn’t it – sharing our gardens, items in our homes and snippets of our lives as well as connecting with like minds all over the world – who would have thought it! One of those wondrous happy miracles!
      Would you like a dash of lemon in that? ❤

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  8. The jug cries out for flowers and those you selected fit it perfectly. I love that twisted handle – quite unusual.

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  9. A fabulous vase….I adore crotched doilies and have many from my great grandmothers….and hydrangeas are perfect for a vase now…I have many blooming and hope to add more to vases in the future…..yours look perfect in the Spode.

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    • I am hoping to crochet a few doilies myself to leave as little, unbreakable (!) heirlooms – there is something so charming a comforting about having a hand-crafted piece from a Grandmother. So glad you like it. xx

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  10. Thanks for sharing your family history like this – your relationship with your grandmother Dabbity and grandfather must have been so formative, and how lovely to get on so well with your in-laws. It is indeed a pretty jug with that lovely twisted handle (and is that Laura Ashley fabric under the doily?) although I don’t think it is as old as you might think. We have a book of British Pottery marks and it seems that Copeland Spode introduced the word ‘fine stone’ to this mark in 1962… No idea of value though. Is this mallow an annual and how big does it grow? It looks good alongside the hydrangeas and alchemilla – thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Thank you Cathy for taking the time to look up the marking – it is exciting to know a meaning of the code on the base. 10 years younger than me!
      The mallow has seeded itself this year, so as it is flowering so well now, would that mean it is an annual? I don’t know, I will have to watch and discover. It is thigh high and, I think, very beautiful, a welcome visitor, I hope it stays. Thank you so much for hosting.

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      • Not sure about the mallow – I think there is an annual one but also a perennial one which I have grown from a free packet of seeds but is much taller (and very lanky – could have been pinched out?). I am glad you found the mark info useful.

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  11. This was a lovely post Daffy. That jug is beautiful, and so unusual with its twisty handle. It seems your mother-in-law was a very lovely woman, You have so many precious memories in just that one photo with the parents, in law, the jug and the beautiful doily which was crocheted by your step-granny,
    As for the flowers, those mallows are gorgeous, and what is not to love about a buxom and blowsy hydrangea! 🙂

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  12. I like very much both your vase and the story behind it. Hydrangeas are great at this stage, I love them in vases, too. And the jug, well the jug is a real masterpiece. Plus great photos. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Anca, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the different aspects of the post. I love hydrangeas at this stage and in their fading, much more than the middle full bloom stage – and now I feel a bit mean for saying so!

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  13. Lovely flowers,but it is the story of the jug that I really love.

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  14. Oh your photos are so beautiful 😀

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  15. Great arrangement. I admire how you’ve balanced the Hydrangeas with alchemilla mollis and that pure white mallow, all so lovely. Enjoyed the nice background story of your special vase with its unique handle design. -susie

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    • Thank you Susie. Yes the frothy alchemilla does balance the pom-pom of the hydrangea doesn’t it – I hadn’t quite realised that before – also the colours provide a sort of balance too – so glad you mentioned that. The stories of the props so enriches this meme, what a clever idea of Cathy’s.

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  16. The flowers in the bush makes me remember my childhood. We had similar flowers in our garden

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  17. Beautiful arrangement

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  18. It is lovely how an object or a plant can bring back so many lovely memories. Your arrangement looks so cool and elegant, just what I need on a hot day.

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  19. Lovely bit of family history and beautiful arrangement

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  20. Love the handle on the vase and that last photograph.

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