sputnik arrangement

April 05, 2016

As a girl I remember our house was filled with the color and fragrance of long stemmed roses arranged in tall vases.   My mom is coming for dinner tonight and because she was that lady who grew and arranged all those thousands of rose bouquets of my youth--and because the roses are going nuts in my garden--I knew I had no other option but to put together a rose arrangement for our centerpiece.  But I have a busy day and so decided to rely on the charms of my cheater sputnik rose vase. This unusual vintage vase from the 70s is perfect for people with absolutely no time to arrange flowers, or those with no skill.  It is fool proof:  fill the clustered vials with water and pop into a bowl.  Snip at least two dozen roses with no more than a 3-4" stem.  Put one flower in each vial.  Voila, your arrangement is done in minutes!  I'll admit this type of arrangement looks a bit dated, but still awfully sweet.  It appears these cluster vases are not made anymore, but still can be found on eBay.  If you are interested, try Googling:  glass cluster vases, glass cluster vials for flowers, glass sputnik vase, cluster glass frogs for flowers.  And if you see one at a garage sale this spring, snap it up! 




 There's quite a mix:  First Prize, Red Simplicity, Pink Simplicity, Mr. Lincoln, Peace, and some David Austins.








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10 Comments

  1. So, so pretty! My dad used to grow Peace and Mr. Lincoln in Detroit when I was a kid.

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  2. Never seen a cluster vase before! If I saw one in the charity shop I wouldn't have had a clue what it was! Seems to do a similar job to those rose bowls with the wire across for popping the stems through?

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  3. Out dated arrangement? Nope! There is nothing old fashioned about a rose bowl!

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  4. Gorgeous, beautiful, lovely roses!

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  5. Your roses couldn't be more colorful. Thanks for the lift.

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  6. You're so clever and creative! I love your flowers, and I do believe I can smell them from here...

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  7. Beautiful Roses Kristen. I'm so envious. It is hard growing roses in Canada.
    Enjoy your visit with your Mom.

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  8. I bought mine about 20 yrs ago. Use it all the time.

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  9. BEAUTIFUL! Love the vase idea.

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  10. Yeah rose arrangements you have made are mind blowing. Nothing can beat presence of flowers in any party décor. I too hosted a sweet 16th birthday bash for my daughter and used her favorite flowers for decorations. I got flowers at very reasonable prices from Bloom Flowers online shop.

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