As spring moves along the earliest flowers have started to fade, but things get more exciting each day with daffodils, hyacinths, and muscari opening, and there are even a few tulip buds starting to show some color! Since yesterday was Mother's day, of course I wanted to arrange something extra special to present to my mom. 😊
She loves daffodils, and although I am normally reluctant to pick them, I enjoyed the results as much as she did! Their smell is delightful too!
I did add some more daffodils to my garden last fall. Every year I admire the double-flowered varieties in the bulb catalogs but end up resisting the temptation because they are so expensive! Last year I postponed my bulb orders too long and ended up having to buy some things at Walmart. I was thrilled to find some double daffodils for a relatively low price, but now I can't say I prefer them to the singles! They look overdone in my opinion...
The chionodoxas are past their prime now, but there are still a few that came through last week's rain in decent condition. I am always sorry to see these go. They are also one of my favorite flowers for pressing...they turn out beautifully and keep their color for years! I press a fresh supply each year to tuck into letters to friends.
Also included are some grape hyacinths, the last remaining striped squill, and the first pansies and a tulip! The pansies are actually "rescues" from Lowe's. They had evidently outgrown their containers and were marked half off. So they aren't looking their best yet but are already showing signs of new vigor after being transplanted. 😊 The bits of foliage tucked in are from my many young valerian plants who are attempting to take over the garden. I may have to take a stand and put a limit on them soon, but when I think of all the fragrance they will provide I want to keep them all! 😁
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting IAVOM! You can see lots of beautiful flower arrangements from around the world today on her blog. Have a great week! 😊