Timeless Vintage

Week 25, as we revisit the 10-year anniversary of the book Slow Flowers

Week 25 reinterpreted for 2023, from the Slow Flowers book 2013
Week 25 reinterpreted for 2023, from the Slow Flowers book 2013

A 6-inch tall 1940s Royal Copley vase is a favorite of mine. The mocha glaze and chevron pattern is one thing; the secret inside glaze — citron yellow — is a bonus!

A Certain Vintage from Slow Flowers Book 2013
A Certain Vintage from Slow Flowers Book 2013
2023 edition of Slow Flowers book's original design for 2013

When I created a Slow Flowers centerpiece for the 2013 book, it was the first week of summer (as it is now). I used reddish-maroon sweet William flowers to pick up the rosy undertones of the glaze, and I was able to repeat the botanical selection, although this time, I purchased a few mixed bunches from the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market to play with more of a color range.

Whereas last time I used the ‘Green Spice’ heuchera foliage from my former garden as the first layer, this time around, the dianthus became my first layer; the heuchera is more of an accent because I had to purchase a new plant at a local nursery and cut as many longer foliage stems as I could. I now can plant the perennial in my garden for future enjoyment!

I still have mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius), adding a few branches here and there. I felt the new arrangement needed some height, though, and fortunately, the heuchera had two flower spikes, which now do the job.

Debra Prinzing

Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American-grown flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that encourages consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases. Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the weekly "Slow Flowers Podcast" and the American Flowers Week (June 28-July 4) campaign. Debra is author of 11 books, including Slow Flowers (2013), The 50 Mile Bouquet (2012) and Slow Flowers Journal (2020). She is the co-founder of BLOOM Imprint, the boutique publishing arm of Slow Flowers.

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