Saturday, April 21, 2012

Well, I never!

You know you get to a certain age and think there's not much you don't know about life and stuff in general until you come across an article about flower frogs and don't take much notice until up comes a photograph.  Well, blow me down with a feather, so that's what those holey, spikey doovers that go in the bottom of vases to hold the flowers steady are called.  So I went looking for a few more images and they're in every shape, size, ceramic, glass and metal and some are frogs and some aren't.
I know all you flower people would probably know this but I'm of the silk flower brigade because they only fade not die.  I do have an English original flower frog in the original holder and original stand from the l930s. It's made of glass designed to look like tortoiseshell when the light shines through and was given to me by a friend who had a daughter-in-law 100% worse than mine.  She knew she would throw it out so I was to be its keeper and I still am.  I will always keep it as she was only given 3 weddings gifts and two she entrusted to me.
Flower frog, It really makes it live.


Anonymous said...

I didn't know that. Does the term include the spiky metal things that you put into the base of a vase and jam the flower stems onto the spikes?

River said...

Flower frogs? I thought all those images were toothbrush holders. I particularly like the first one and that tall blue one.

Elephant's Child said...

It wasn't a term I knew either.

R.H. said...

Good morning fellow battlers. Months ago I found a frog in my back yard doing a good job of camouflage and with no idea of how the rich live in this dirty crap city trying to be Miami.

-Robert. PhD OAM KG

JahTeh said...

Andrew, apparently it does and I think I have one of those somewhere. Now you know what to give R for Christmas, a lovely antique glass flower frog.

River, I spent ages going through google images. The first one features a lot as it's a very rare one and there are flower frog collecting clubs and books.

EC, I was sure you would know what it was, perfect for bulbs. Speaking of bulbs, article in the paper last week warned cat owners that cats can be very allergic to lilliums. Your two don't seen to be in that category.

Robbert, did you kiss it, just in case it was a princess in distress?
Phd - Philosophy
OAM - Odd Australian Muck-up
KG - Knight Gregarious
That seems right.

Elephant's Child said...

Most things in the garden are poisonous to cats. Ours seem moderately hardy. Which is just as well. Vets are more expensive than doctors.