Monday, May 6, 2019

In a Vase on Monday: A Cupful of Spring


"I would not change this handful of the spring
For twenty clumps of costly hothouse flowers."
                                      ~from The Two Bouquets

At long last, we have a few really spring-like days! It has been heavenly outside the past couple days...a striking contrast to the weather a week ago. I've practically been living outdoors and am already burned to a crisp! The gardens aren't overflowing yet, but there are delightful little patches of color that are so refreshing to eyes that have been looking at endless white for 6 months! 😃 I just love this time of year when there is so much to enjoy and look forward to...and I really would not change my brave little blooms for a bunch of hothouse rareties right now! 😊


An overhead view...I used young Lovage and Wormwood leaves for the foliage. 


Chionodoxas are the highlight of this arrangement, as they are in my garden right now! Maybe it's just my imagination, but they seem to be a brighter blue this year. 


Most of the Snow Crocuses are finished now, but the Dutch Crocuses have taken over. 


Striped Squill is another early spring favorite in my garden although I only have a few...I really should plant more! I love the way it looks against the silvery Wormwood leaves.


The first Daffodil opened today...


Coltsfoot is in bloom everywhere around here now. We even have a tiny patch of it in an out-of-the-way corner of the lawn that I didn't know about before! I know most people consider it an invasive weed, but I welcome its cheery flowers!


I hope you are having a beautiful spring day too! You can see what others have found to fill their vases today at Rambling in the Garden.


12 comments:

  1. Very pretty and how you must love them after all the snow. I can't imagine what it is like not to see green for so long. Beautiful in the tea cup. I think I should get some Chionodoxas.

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    1. Chionodoxas are one of my very favorite early spring bulbs. And they increase nicely too!

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  2. I can sense your joy in having this vase to savour Joanna, especially after 6 months of snow - it's hard for us to imagine 6 months of winter. Thanks for sharing your joy with us

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    1. Yes they are sweet indeed after such a long winter...it was long even for us! Thanks for hosting Cathy! :)

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  3. So many beautiful colours and very well worth that long wait! You must have a supercharged sense of joy to finally have all these lovely flowers in your life again! Fabulous! Amanda https://therunningwave.blogspot.com/2019/05/a-fragrant-vase-on-monday.html

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    1. The hardships of the winter are all forgotten when these beauties arrive! :)

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  4. It's a joyful arrangement, Joanna, one that captures your excitement with developments in your Spring garden well. I adore the blue Chionodoxas, flowers I don't have a chance of growing in my climate.

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    1. Thank you Kris! Living in a climate where it is actually too WARM to grow something would be so different to me I'd have to learn gardening all over again! :D

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  5. How lovely to see these fresh early spring blooms when we know you have had a hard winter. Filling a cup allows room for each flower to have its space, and I love the coltsfoot.

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    1. I think filling a tea cup with spring blooms is going to become an early spring tradition with me. :) My sister and I played our violins at an antique store a few years ago and they allowed us to pick out a couple of beautiful cups to take home.

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  6. A cupful of spring cheer! Our hearts do sing when winter finally takes its leave. Glad to see its backside. ;)
    Your sunburn looks like it stings... do you use aloe on it? It's the first thing I reach for.

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    1. Yes it's such a joyful time! :)
      I haven't put anything on my sunburn but I probably should! Aloe is our standby too. Yesterday was cool and cloudy so now it's getting a chance to heal and just itches. :D

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