Flowering Teacups

Part of the fun of growing flowers is having a wonderful assortment of blooms and greens for making bouquets. You can create a beautiful bouquet in just about anything that will hold water. One of my favorite things to use is a pretty tea cup. I love collecting small flowers to fill up a tea cup to the brim with color and fragrance.

Flowerin Teacups with Sensible Gardening

While visiting our local garden club annual flower show last weekend, I particularly enjoyed the competition for floral arrangements in tea cups and tea pots. In the same vein as fairy gardens, these miniature arrangements are simply delightful.

Flowering Teacups with Sensible Gardening

What could be more charming.The pink roses painted on the tea cup have been duplicated in the bouquet, along with scented lavender. Alchemilla Mollis fills in the gaps with it’s striking chartreuse tones.

Flowering Teacups with Sensible Gardening

My favorite! A study in yellow and blues with a nice filling of green tones. I love the addition of a few sedums as well.

Flowering Teacups with Sensible Gardening

Very romantic using a pewter tea pot. The dusty rose colors with a touch of silver blue is really complimentary.

Flowerin Teacups with Sensible Gardening

Just stunning I thought. The lavender mums and blue nigella all stuffed in amongst creamy white.  This cup is definitely filled to the brim.

Flowering Teacups with Sensible Gardening

A touch of oriental design in this little tea pot. Great use of hosta leaves as a foundation for the other flowers.

I’m sure most of us have some old tea cups hanging around, broken sets and hand me downs. If not you can always go to any thrift store or garage sale and find something appropriate.  These mini bouquets are great for table settings as they don’t interfere with the guests view of each other. Use 2 or 3 at the same time and if you are really energetic, give every place setting it’s own.

Below are a few suggestions for making your own, I like to take the colors on the teacup and use them for my bouquet along with complimnetary tones. Green leaves and other greenery help to create a backdrop for the blooms. To get you inspired I chose a few teacups and made a list of what flowers I think would be great to fill them with:

Flowering Teacups with Sensible Gardening

What would be more perfect than columbines, the same as painted on the cup. It would be fun to use purple and white columbines, rusty toned heleniums with a few sprigs of white baby’s breath.

Flowering Teacups with Sensible Gardening

Bold flowers for bold cups. Hosta leaves would work well along with deep red roses. I would then add what ever I could find that was a creamy yellow to add a dash here and there throughout the roses.

Flowering Teacups with Sensible Gardening

Soft butter yellow flowers and silver toned foliage. Roses, dog’s tooth violets, santolina, helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, digitalis lutea. For silver there is lamb’s ears, artemesia, eryngium and senecio. Just let your imagination run wild.

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Flowering teacups with Sensible Gardening

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