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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