Wednesday, July 27, 2011

We have a lot of flower frogs...

Hi everybody, hope everyone is enjoying summer and getting out in your gardens more then ever. I spent the day sprucing up the garden and pretty much decided that though the garden is plush and green there isn't a lot of new to show right now. Most that know us know we have an accumulation of different garden implements from watering cans, hose reels, vintage sprinklers, and well you get the idea we like to collect. Being in the business of selling makes it easy to justify getting one more, we don't keep them all, we have been known to sell them now and then! One of these collections happens to be these...
Flower frogs are one of those things that have been made in a variety of ways. Research shows that there are more patents done on flower frogs then just about any other item ever produced. Back when I owned my shop one of the services I offered was to speak on interesting subjects to groups at there social meetings. I would be hired to speak and teach about a subject of interest and one of those subjects was flower frogs. I educated myself on them and collected a variety of styles to show.
I tend to like the ones that are all metal and have little color. These are some of my more simple styles... I have many unusual ones as well but we will save that for another time.
Many of them were painted green or left unpainted

showing the different shapes though these are all a similar style

Frogs can be used for arranging flowers but they are just fun to look at too. I have a few sitting around the house and have used them for other purposes as well... I know a lot of you probably have too! They have been listed as one of the top 10 collectibles in some popular magazines the past few years so maybe that is why I am not picking them up as often, or maybe enough is enough Ha!
These wire ones with the green patina are some of my favorite

These all had green paint on them at one time

These little pointy ones below are great for holding paper things, they also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It is fun to read about the history of them and there are actually entire books written about frogs and all the different styles and their values.
Well, I just thought it would be fun to share about one of the collections around here... I also collect vintage concrete bunnies... but that's another post. Happy gardening all and be sure to drop by Fishtail Cottage I am linking up with "Flora Thursday", it is a great way to find fun new blogs and friends, Happy Gardening ~Jacque


Rebecca said...

Yes, you do (have a lot of flower frogs)! I have a few myself - not nearly as many as you.

Barbara Jean said...

enjoyed this post.

barbara jean

Jacque Ferreira said...

I got to thinking... someone is going to ask how many i have so here it is... i counted all the ones I could locate at this time Ha! and including some glass ones I have 97 in stock!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Wow, I am amazed at your collection! I love it!

Have a great day.

Cat & Cricket said...

Now this is a classic!
I love it!
Cricket @ gypsea nurse

Darla said...

I'd say you have one or two flower frogs, :)..Interesting facts here.

HolleyGarden said...

What a wonderful collection! Interesting and functional.

My Little Home and Garden said...

So many flower frogs and to think I don't own even one. Perhaps I'll remedy that one day! It was interesting to see all of yours. (Also, thank you for visiting my blog and your comment.)

BailiwickStudio said...

I collect flower frogs too, but I don't have half as many as you do! I especially love the wire ones. ::Jill



Fishtail Cottage said...

Love all your garden frogs! I use the 'pokey' ones for photo holders here at my home! You have a fabulous collection! Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's last week! Hope to see you again this upcoming week! xoxo, tracie

Stubblejumpin' Gal said...

And what are those little pokey things in front of the rabbits? My sister gave me two little ceramic squares containing pointy spikes that look like that, but neither of us have a clue what they're for!

Jacque Ferreira said...

Those little pokey things are also flower frogs. They are just another style. They come in all sizes and shapes. They would be placed in the container to hold flowers in position. The stems of flowers poke down in them and can still absorb needed water. Today we can also use them them to hold pictures or cards on a desk or mantel. Thanks for droppin' by :)


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