The deep regal purple and emerald-green of this flower got my attention straight away in the flower shop. The vibrant colours reminded me of a jewels and I knew I had the right vase for them. The Japanese Gentian is a very striking looking plant with purple flowers budding between the leaves and then springing from these long green stems.
Purple Japanese Gentian in vintage jewel coloured vase
Just two stems was enough to make a real show in this vintage vase, an old emerald and turquoise handblown glass vase I picked up at the local charity shop for £1, one of my best bargains ever.
Purple Japanese Gentian
The luscious greens shading into turquoise is so mesmerising and because of the age of the vase it reminded me of another heirloom piece, a neckless I got from my mother, one she wore in days gone by. The turquoise crystal necklace with the gold and green stone clasp is just so pretty and special to me.
Vintage emerald & turquoise vase with antique necklace
My collection of cut glass vintage decanters usually gather dust at the top of an old dresser unit. I love my decanters but hardly ever use them, so I was so pleased to show them off using them as vases for these elegant tall blooms. The pink-purple Stock provided the scent while the tall purple Monkshood created height and elegance and then the Japanese Gentian brought an exotic vibrance to the table.
Purple Monkshood, Japanese Gentian and Stock
Purple Monkshood, Japanese Gentian and Stock in vintage decanters on my table
I love how the cuts in the vintage glass differ and throw shadows on the base, making such pretty patterns on the table.