fresh and renewed – monschau mustard jar

May 28, 2013

Whenever we visit Germany, we always try to squeeze in a trip to Monschau, a charming little village in the Eifel region of western Germany. The narrow, cobblestone streets are lined with 300 year old half-timbered houses and, the entrance to the village is gated; you need a residence pass to enter with a vehicle, but visitors are welcome to enter on foot. It is always a pleasure to wander through the streets taking in all that the village has to offer, but our biggest draw there is their historic mustard mill, which produces the most amazing mustard; senf in German.

We usually purchase 6 jars to pack into our luggage and drag around the country with us. We love the stuff. We also love the ceramic jars the mustard comes in. Which I refuse to throw out, so I now have a decent collection of senf jars. So for today’s ‘Fresh and Renewed’ post I’m turning one of the jars into a vase.

I have used them before for planting oat grass in, which they are the perfect size for.

The Vase – Monschau Mustard Jar

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The Flowers…

  • Pink Piano Garden Roses
  • Soft Pink Peony
  • White Spray Roses
  • Delphinium ‘Volkenfrieden Blue’
  • Pink Astilbe
  • Purple Lilac
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The Design Process…

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The Finished Floral Piece…

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If you are ever in Germany I strongly recommend stopping in Monschau to pick some mustard and to see an old world village that you will not want to leave. The mustard is the best we have ever had! Nothing compares and it comes in a lovely jar that can be reused as a flower vase!

I have this little dream of one day opening a flower shop in Monschau, it just seems like the right place for the creative juices to just flow. I girl can dream, right?!

  • Hi Tina, nice idea of giving these pots a second life. I have linked your article my Monschau mustard product pages in my shop. Might be one or the other of my customers will be a copycat.
    Regards, Carsten