Happy Monday everyone! Today I’m sharing my new kitchen table/island, with a pitcher filled with the most heavenly pink roses and lilacs. Lilacs. Oh, whenever I see these at the flower market, I can’t resist! They smell heavenly, and then there is that stunning color – they were perfect for my Pitcher Perfect Lilacs & Roses arrangement for Monday Morning Blooms.

Pitcher Perfect Lilacs & Roses


I think our Monday Morning Blooms is always something to look forward to, don’t you? You can find my flower friends’ links and blooming inspiration at the bottom of this post.


Monday Morning Blooms


Today our common theme was a flower arrangement in a pitcher or a tureen. When I spied the gorgeous lilacs with long stems, I thought of this stunning antique ironstone pitcher -a perfect match!


Pitcher Perfect Lilacs & Roses


Did you know that 2022 is the “Year of the Lilac,” according to the National Gardening Bureau? Lilacs are fairly carefree spring-flowering shrubs, beautiful to look at and with a sweet fragrance. In our neighborhood we have a neighbor who grows lilacs in their garden, when we walk Bentley around the block we enjoy their fragrance so much!


Pitcher Perfect Lilacs & Roses


The common lilac, Syringa vulgaris, is  tough, so tough that they can grow for 100+ years. A deciduous multi-stemmed shrub usually has 10 canes with flowers at eye-level. Depending on the variety, they grow between 8 and 12 feet tall.  The flowers can be lavender, purple, cream, pink, and even a soft yellow.




Lilacs are the perfect spring flower for arrangements, their multi-flowered blooms add color, texture and a sweet scent to your arrangements.


lilacs and roses

Pitcher Perfect Lilacs & Roses


Before we look at the delicious spring flowers arranged in this pitcher, I am so excited to share our new kitchen island/table with all of you.  I’ve always wanted an island, but because our home isn’t big, and we put a couch and t.v. in the dining area to make this into our own version of a “great room” we still needed a table to seat 10 or so people at times.

I worked with our custom carpenter {who has worked wonders in other parts of our home} to design this table and he built it.  LOVE.  On one side are four counter height stools, on the other side and ends are square leather stools that can slide all the way under the table when we don’t need them.  It’s the best of both worlds. The top is quartz {it weighs 500 pounds!} so we had to make pretty sure about where we wanted it before they added the top to the base. But it’s perfect for our family.


French kitchen island with stools


This is the first Monday Morning Blooms arrangement on this table, and I’m happy it’s such a pretty one.  An antique ironstone pitcher with black floral details is the right size for the tall stemmed lilac blooms.

The ruffled pink spray roses are like little confections, aren’t they? I also added my old stand-by favorites because they last forever, white alstroemeria.  Altogether they create a pitcher perfect lilacs & roses arrangement.


Pitcher Perfect Lilacs & Roses

Pitcher Perfect Lilacs & Roses


I set up a buffet with antique flow black plates and a matching platter, I love this pattern with the Chinoiserie design.


Lilacs for spring


These black linen napkins with embroidered bees look wonderful on the table, that little ruffle adds an extra zing of style. Antique mother of pearl handled knives are ready for cutting the muffins, slathering them in butter and cutting off some brie cheese. {adding to the platter later.}


antique flow black


The metal black and gold champagne cooler holds a bottle on ice, with a black checked napkin to tie around the neck because I’ll be serving mimosas later!


black tole champagne cooler

roses in antique ironstone


Flowers are such a delight, especially in the spring! I hope you have enjoyed this flower therapy Monday – thank you so much for joining me today. It’s always a delight to have you visit, please leave a comment so I know you’ve been here!


antique ironstone pitcher with roses


For your own Pitcher Perfect Lilacs & Roses, follow these tips:




To help the lilac blooms last as long as possible, take a bucket filled with fresh cool water into the garden with you when you cut the blooms. Pick your lilacs either early in the morning or in the cool of the evening. Choose stems that have 3/4 of the flowers open. Remove all the leaves of each stem so the flowers get 100% of the hydrating. Place each stem in the water as you pick it. Leave the lilacs in the bucket in a cool, dark place so they can drink in the water for at least one hour.



Using clippers or a knife, recut the stem ends, then slice vertically up the middle of the stem 1-2 inches. Peel a little of one half upwards, and place the stems back into the bucket of water. It’s really best if you allow your lilacs to take up more water in that same cool dark place for another 1-2 hrs. Then arrange them and enjoy! They should last for 3-4 days.


Cut Lilac Care

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Please visit my bloom friends for more spring beauty:

pink tulips in pitcher
Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Pam at Everyday Living

spring flowers

Mary at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

Pitcher Perfect Lilacs & Roses

and me, Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

I hope you are enjoying SPRING in all its beauty! What’s your favorite spring flower?



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