It is a truth universally acknowledged that florists never receive flowers for Valentine’s Day. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but we take it in stride.
Instead, we turn our focus to decorating your kitchen tables and helping people express love to you. I mean, I love you a lot, too. If you were mine, I’d cherish you. In that vein, we’re going to use a collection of vintage pink depression glasses to create a little Valentine’s Day tablescape. And if you’re a single florist like me, lets not even discuss the apt-ness of the term depression glass. — Amy Merrick
PS — If you live in New York, stop by my Valentine’s Day shop and say hello!
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Depression glass is a translucent glassware that was given out for free (or very cheaply) in the 1930s and beyond. Buy a box of cereal? Get a free glass! Today its increasing collectibility makes it more scarce, but I picked up each of these pieces for no more than $5 at flea markets and junk shops. It makes for a great collection of vases, and you can purchase pieces separately, gathering them over time. Plus, the slight color is a great foil for flowers. Depression glasses come in green, gold, yellow, blue and most often pink. eBay and Etsy are great places to start your search.
Some vases can hold a single variety of flowers, and some can hold a mix. In the southern states, blushing magnolia is budding, and it can be cut and forced inside. Japanese ranunculus, chocolate cosmos and lily of the valley round out a little arrangement that would soften even the most ardent flower-hater (they exist!).
Magnolia is slow to open and quick to brown. Sounds like a losing combo, no? But! It is the most exquisite branch around while open; the petals push all the way back while peaking, and those two days of perfection are worth more than a month with curly willow branches.
Of course, all I’d want for Valentine’s Day is a tiny bouquet of lily of the valley. Something short and sweet would do the trick just fine. A little gesture and a big heart; in the end, that’s all that matters.