My Mother always had Sweet Williams in her garden. She loved them and often we had bouquets of them in the house during the summer. When I saw a bunch at the flower shop today I just had to buy them.
First a little about Sweet William flowers. Sweet William is dianthus barbatus a species of dianthus native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. The plant is widely used in borders, rock gardens and informal country cottage style gardens. Sweet William’s nectar attracts birds, bees, and butterflies.
Many legends (none verified) explain how Sweet William got its English name. “Sweet William” honors the 18th century Duke of Cumberland Prince William’s, victory over the Scots at the Battle of Culloden. It is also claimed that the Scots sometimes call the flower “Stinking Billy”.
Now let’s have some fun with Sweet Williams and vintage milk glass.
Although you can’t tell from the photo this milk glass is light pink.
I found these reproduction blue half pint mason jars on sale yesterday.
So I tried the little blue mason jars in a vintage sewing machine drawer
and with my little pink heart stool that you first saw here.
There are so many ways to enjoy Sweet Williams but my favorite is the bouquet in the little blue mason jar.
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