Monday, July 27, 2009

Bow Pots and Flower Pots


I love making flower arrangements -- though they're never much more than shoving a bunch of flowers into a receptacle of some sort -- certainly there's none of that garden club stuff with Hogarth's curve and the rule of three that my mother-in-law used to talk about.

A friend of mine -- who grew up in the piedmont of North Carolina -- calls this 'making a flower pot' and once I realized she wasn't talking about potted plants, I remembered something similar from Thackery's Vanity Fair (a truly delightful book, by the way.



" . . . we have made her a bowpot."
"Say a bouquet, sister Jemima, 'tis more genteel."
"Well, a booky as big almost as a haystack . . ."

Vanity Fair was written in 1848-- in England. I wonder if 'flowerpot' and 'bowpot' are related. Have any of you heard either term used?






Click on the sundial for an early morning stroll.
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11 comments:

phyllis w. said...

I remember cut flowers brought inside being called a "flower pot." I especially loved it when Mom would bring in lilacs. I never cut flowers - not sure why...

I always enjoy your strolls. I like the crepe myrtle trunks as well. I have a white one in the side yard that the cicadas damaged terribly last year, but I think it's going to pull through. I was just thinking the other day that I should arrange some rocks around it. (We have no rocks, so we have to haul them in from Big Pine.)

And I love your blue bench! I've painted all the outdoor furniture this summer, and now have two gorgeous blue adirondack chairs. But I was outvoted when it came to the bench, so it's now gray.

This has been such a pleasant July - I'm gonna miss it.

Vicki Lane said...

Thank you, Phyllis! So it's a western NC expression as well -- I'll be sure to have Miss Birdie use it sometime!

Those crepe myrtles are pretty hardy. The first year I planted mine, a very hard freeze killed them -- as I thought entirely but a year later, they struggled back from the roots.

I love that blue as well -- but my Adirondack chairs are natural wood colored. I guess if everything were blue, it wouldn't stand out so.

And yes indeed on the weather -- a heavenly July!

willow said...

I've not heard of the term flower pot or bow pot used for a fresh flower arrangement. Interesting. LOVE your hydrangeas in the blue and white!!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Vicki, your flower arrangements are gorgeous. I've got to get a new, more appropriate vase for our Zinnas that we just picked from our garden. I love fresh flowers. When I was growing up my mother always had an arrangement of fresh flowers on the table beside our bed.

When you get a chance, drop by my kitchen. I have something special for you.
Sam

Vicki Lane said...

Hi, Willow -- I love the blue and white -- it's an ongoing theme but I pull out even more of it in the summertime -- so cooling.

Hey, Sam -- Zinnias are so cheerful. I'm kicking myself that I didn't grow any this year. I like them in an enamelware pitcher -- kind of country. (Made your corn cakes again last night - third or maybe fourth time. Yumm!)

Reader Wil said...

I don't know either word, but sometimes a language becomes really funny when words are misptonounced, like bouquet and booky! I enjoyed reading Vanity Fair!

Pat in east TN said...

My mother never liked flowers, so she never planted any, which made our house look quite boring. My mother-in-law, on the other hand, had quite a green thumb and shared her knowledge with me and I have flowers planted about everywhere I can put them and love to bring them inside and enjoy them that way too.

Vicki Lane said...

Reader Wil -- I live in an area where I had to learn what people meant, they pronounced things so differently. For example, araound here 'wire' (with an I sound) is pronaounce 'wahr.' Took some getting used to.

Pat -- I'm having trouble imagining someone not liking flowers. Not having the time or inclination to mess with them, I understand. Or being allergic, maybe. Or just indifferent. But actually not liking them?

Vicki Lane said...

Good grief -- sorry about those typos in the last comment! Make that 'around' and 'pronounced.'

Victoria said...

I've never heard either of those terms. And, I'm ashamed to say, I've never read Vanity Fair! I must remedy that...

I love your blue and white arrangements! We always had bouquets all over the house when I was growing up. Mama could grow anything with ease, but me...I struggle!

Vicki Lane said...

Hey, Victoria, VANITY FAIR is one of those books I read for a class in college and loved so much that I re-read it periodically. Great characterizations and sly humor!