The Vase (2018)

By Eilene Lyon

Some people are collectors. I used to be, but 18 years of being an Army brat cured me, with one exception: books. I will always have books. Other people have things, part of a collection or not, that never get used.

Maybe it’s a formal living room no one ever visits (think: plastic slip covers on the sofa). Perhaps fine china or silver that gathers dust. The bottle of wine or whiskey that never gets opened (horrors!).

My philosophy, in the interest of reducing clutter, has become “use it or lose it,” i.e. trash, sell, donate, or gift it to someone.

About two decades ago, I bought a lovely little vase in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I can’t say it wasn’t used, exactly. It has sat on my bathroom countertop since then. But it held some dried, dyed grasses that faded and grew cobwebby over the years.


Two years ago, I said to myself: “Self, this is a VASE and it should be holding FLOWERS.” It still has a dried arrangement over the winter (fresher), but from May through November, I regularly stock it with blooms and greenery from the yard and roadside – mostly wildflowers.

It’s such a delight having those perky blossoms brighten my morning rituals each day. Here’s a selection of bouquets from last year. (Clearly blanket-flowers make a regular appearance.)

Spring has definitely sprung around here. I saw some chokecherries blooming today that I gotta have. I picked some lovely lupines on my dog walk this morning. Now I have another mini vase that I got in Delft, the Netherlands, last year.


Uh oh. Could this be the start of a…collection?!

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      1. Survival of the fittest! 😃 I think wildflowers are just as lovely as the cultivated ones. I’ve been a minimal gardener at our current house. Too overwhelming. But my new place has a tiny yard and I’d like to make the most of it!

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  1. In the words of some interior designer guy who used to be on TV but I can’t remember his name: two objects is stuff, three objects is a collection. Therefore, you’re not quite there yet…

    Beautiful vase from Yellow Springs.

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  2. First off…beautiful. Second off, I’m sort of with you…I always get rid of stuff. Though, I do have a few cat statues that I found on travels and loved and will probably never get rid of, so we all have something

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  3. I guess everyone collects something, especially of “our” generation. My mother collected Wedgwood pottery, my wife collects old tobacco tins and ….. I collect wine! It’s a gripping serious hobby as I suffer visiting so many vineyards in Europe ….. lots of nice people to meet though and other benefits too!

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  4. I used to have three globes, but I gave one to a Bosnian family. I decided I need three to be able to call them a collection, but haven’t replaced that one yet. Just have the one my sister and I had as children in the 1950s and my son’s from the 1980s. So far.

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  5. I like what you did with that vase … and Yellow Springs is a hoot is many ways. BTW – Antioch College reopened 7-10 years ago – so I guess all is well there.


  6. There’s nothing wrong with being a collector (says the person with a house full of knickknacks), and a vase is a fine start, since at least it has a practical use! Beautiful flowers – I’ve been on a tulip kick lately myself; I’ve got orange and yellow ones at the moment (and they’re not even in a vase, since mine broke – just a Tom Collins glass)!

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    1. Glad you approve, Marc. If you add my larger vases (mostly of the art variety), it does count as a collection. I would drive myself nuts if I tried to keep fresh flowers in them all, though!

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  7. So far, I think your vase collection is in check. In the past two years, I’ve purchased dozens of mugs, and I don’t even know why. Don’t be me–keep it at the two. (I’m the same with books as you, and I don’t regret that collection!)

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    1. I love a variety of coffee mugs, but I’ve weeded out a number of them. My friend in California I visited last month loves to collect mugs, too. Good thing I had brought her one as a hostess gift!

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