How to Enjoy Sweet Williams in Milk Glass and Mason Jars

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.

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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.

Sweet William Flowers

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”.

Pink Milk Glass 1

Now let’s have some fun with Sweet Williams and vintage milk glass.

On Silver Tray

Although you can’t tell from the photo this milk glass is light pink.

Blue Ball Half Pint
I found these reproduction blue half pint mason jars on sale yesterday.

Sweet Williams in Sewing Drawer

So I tried the little blue mason jars in a vintage sewing machine drawer

Sweet William Trio

 and with my little pink heart stool that you first saw here.

Sweet William Final

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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  1. I like this flower, Sharon, and I really like it in the milk glass – it looks like strawberries and cream. I pinned this flowering plant on my garden board on Pinterest a few years ago but never planted it. I think I need to have some Sweet William in my garden, since I already have one in my home. 😉

  2. I love Sweet Williams. It’s been forever since I grew any though. Thanks for reminding me about them! I think I like them in the blue jars the best too! So pretty!

  3. A new flower for me Sharon and oh so pretty in both the milk glass and the canning jars. Happy Summer!

  4. distresseddonna says:

    Pinned and shared these lovely vignettes using Sweet William.

  5. Sharon, one of my all time favorite ways to decorate is bringing fresh blooms inside and arranging them in vintage vessels. I just love all of your pretty bouquets! Pinned!

  6. Oh Sharon, these are so pretty. I’m not sure which containers I like best. I love them both!

  7. loveyoumoredesigns says:

    Love how you styled them, Sharon. I also love Sweet William – so much so that I insisted on having them in my bridal bouquet! xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

  8. Love the blue mason jars in the antique sewing drawer. Perfect fit. Kathy

  9. The sweet william is lovely here. I love the display! Thanks for sharing and linking.

  10. What a beautiful little flower! Love the pink milk glass 🙂

  11. I adore sweet William and you have created a charming vignette. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  12. Your Sweet William bouquets look lovely in your mason jars and your milk glass.
    Thank you for joining Thoughts of Home.

  13. Sharon, what great ideas for flower vases for any type of flower. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Design link Party.

  14. Sharon, such pretty little treasures this week. I adore the milk glass, and your Sweet Williams. Thanks for coming over to Five Star Frou-Frou to share. It’s always a pleasure to host you! Love, Mimi xxx

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