We love this flower shop we found in the Kensal Rise neighborhood of London. They collect vintage vases/containers, and send out their flowers in them. It’s such a nice idea—that you would get an arrangement in a vase that you keep, rather than in a glass one that you end up holding onto out of guilt, but don’t quite know what to do with it.

P.S. A friend just emailed and reminded us of the shop’s name, Scarlet and Violet. She said “I sent flowers from there to my good friend in London when she had a bby a few years ago and she said it was the prettiest arrangement she’s ever seen.” Good to know, in case you ever need to know a great London florist.


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Comments (3)


  1. Posted by: Phillip

    You are right! This is one incredible idea. I have so many of those generic glass vases in our cabinet because of course the wife doesn’t want to feel like she is throwing away a gift I have given to her. But here she is now searching the auction sites looking for decorative vases. Had all the flowers I ordered for her came in these, the only problem she would have right now would be where to place them all and what to place in them! Great blog!

  2. Posted by: Andrea

    Such a cute idea. We have a ton of yard sales where I live. I bet I could score little cups/vases/containers for cheap and then it would make a nice hostess gift.

  3. Posted by: mhmacita

    I hold on to vessels that look like they could be bud vases (key element: narrow opening, for supporting a single stem). Then I can send a teacher/ coworker/ neighbor a cut flower from the yard without needing to send a whole “arrangement.” This weekend I bought an Orangina just for the bottle.

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