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Old Fashioned Garden Roses

18 Jun

david austin rose milk glass 


Antique garden roses are the flower of choice in bridal flowers these days.  Not a week will go by at the retail flower shop I work in that we don’t get an inquiry about them or have the pleasure of working with them. Garden roses used to be the “unobtainable” rose for the average person.  South American growers started the crops about 10 years ago but would only sell them to wholesale suppliers in quantities of 144.  That is a very large amount of such a perishable flower, thusly, making it only available to the affluent customer.  But things have changed – requirements have lessened and now it is quite common to purchase as few as one dozen.  The average retail cost of a garden rose can range from $5 to $8 depening on the variety.

I have been the lucky recipient of garden variety roses for the past 8 Mother’s Days.  This year my rose bushes have been especially abundant because we have experienced a good amount of rainfall here in Southern Ontario.  I couldn’t resist cutting some of them and arranging them in a vintage antique milk glass vase that was given to me by my sister on my most recent birthday.  The vase is the perfect match to these old fashioned roses. Even though these roses only last about 2 days, their fragrance and beauty is well worth the effort.

david austin rose charles darwin

climbing rose hot pink rose

garden rose yellow golden showers

david austin rose othello hot pink

climbing rose dawn soft pink

garden roses

milk glass garden roses david austin


Vintage Milk Glass (part deux)

18 Apr

It was about a year ago that I introduced the world to my cherished collection of milk glass bud vases.  A year has since past and I have a new grouping of milk glass to showcase – urns and bowls.  Although it was never my intention to broaden my collection to larger pieces like a pedestal vase or a trumpet, I came across one in a thrift shop a while back, and as they say, the rest of history.  This week, as I was wondering through the Salvation Army (which happens to be one of the best places to score milk glass in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, second only to St. Vincent de Paul) I completely lucked out and scored the biggest piece of authentic E. O. Brody milk glass I have ever laid my eyes on (at only $6).  This oversized treasure has inspired my blog posting today.

large milk glass urn brody

vintage milk glass authentic

The collage above features my three favourite pieces of milk glass acquired this year. Each one carries a tremendous amount of sentimental value, coupled of course with their beauty.

A. This funky looking little hen is actually a milk glass trinket box. It measures about 10 cm in length and was discovered by my 9 year old daughter. She insisted that we try to win it on ebay….it was the most I have every paid for milk glass, ringing in at about ($7 US).

B. This footed vase is milk glass with a contemporary twist. Its clean lines are unique for milk glass. The best thing about this vase is that it was given to me by a very special florist friend filled with purple flowers in celebration of my 40th birthday a few months ago (did I say 40? I meant 30).

C. This is an incredible peice of milk glass. It has a removable glass plate filled with holes (known in the flower industry as a floral frog). My sister gave this to me for my birthday – sister gifts are always the best!!!

new milk glass patterns in my collection

e.o. brody milk glass


l.l. randall milk glass

The constant quest for a new piece of milk glass is an exciting one and I am fortunate enough to be able to share it with a very close friend who is also a collector. Our milk glass expeditions are very special – what a great way to spend a day off with your bestie! I can only hope that in another year’s time I will have the pleasure of writing a third edition of milk glass!