Bud vases are favorites among collectors. They come in as many shapes, colors, and materials as their larger flower container counterparts. Besides being less expensive than regular vases, they provide an attractive base to single blooms or flower buds.
There’s a “Goldilocks” factor involved when using a bud vase–not enough elements, too many elements, and just the right amount of elements. If you just have a single stem but nothing more, the effect is OK but utilitarian. I used to have the tendency to add too many garnishing touches, the effect was too busy. Now, I’m working towards that happy medium.
An elegant Danish Modern turned black walnut bud vase is home to a small sunflower. Wheat heads and a thistle make an ironic rural statement with the sophisticated vase.
While polishing this deceptively heavy brass container, I visualized this arrangement that pushes the envelope towards too much. The heavy crumpled magnolia needed the weight of the solid brass bottom for stability.
A very simple Royal Haeger bud vase is perfect for this pink gladiolus stem. This is just the right touch of Summer to offset the extreme colors used for the December holidays.