In a Vase on Monday: Ding Dong!

The Easter Bells are ringing!

Yes, the German name for daffodils is Easter Bells (Osterglocken) and they are perfectly timed for Easter this year too. I know many people have been enjoying daffs for some months now, but mine are just getting going with such a cool spring. So here is my vase for Cathy’s meme this week.


The porcelain bells are meant for hanging on an Easter branch – many Germans hang painted eggs or other decorations on hazel branches or twigs as an indoor decoration. And the well on the town square is also decorated with greenery, but sadly they use gaudy plastic eggs so I will spare you a photo of it!

The sun came out for my photos, but it is still far too cold…


The tulip ‘Early Harvest’ is at its best now. The stalks have grown a bit longer and the flowers will keep going for ages unless we have a heatwave… at least that is one advantage of a cool spring!


I added a few sprigs of golden Euonymus and Vinca, and a couple of white hellbores.


 I wonder what colours are dominant in your garden right now – do you have spring yellows and oranges too?

Go and visit our host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, and see what she and everyone else has put in a vase this Monday.



59 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Ding Dong!

  1. That’s a lovely vase Cathy, I like the idea of decorating a branch for Easter, I remember being in Prague one spring and the square was filled with Birch trees in huge tubs all beautifully decorated with eggs. You’re right about the spring flowers lasting better in the cooler temperatures; My tulips have never lasted so long before.

    • The crocus have only just gone over in the last week so they lasted much longer than usual, and now the Scillas and Hyacinths will start to fill the gaps. I would like some warmth though – very chilly here still at just about 8°C with a cold wind.

  2. I love your Easter bells, Cathy….mine are not blooming as it is still too cold for them. I love your flowers in that jar… perfect, along with the lovely display of porcelain bells in the shape of flowers.

  3. Such a delightful vase Cathy! The early days of spring are so exciting, filled with such anticipation. Even though it may rain this afternoon, it feels like spring. The afternoons have been warm and the garden welcomes both the sunshine and another drink.

    • That is why I love this early tulip – a big splash of colour early on brings the garden to life, and they look lovely with the daffodils!

  4. Such a pretty arrangement. Colours in my garden – the green of the newly emergent shoots, red of the new bronze fennel plumes, the palest yellow primroses and a hint of blue from a few scillas. Still too early this far north, but perhaps next month…..

  5. I read your title Cathy and immediately thought of a carry on film and a line about a matron. However, your vase is beautiful and full of spring cheer, like you we are waiting for warm sunshine, hope it comes soon for us all.

  6. Your porcelain bells are so pretty, Cathy, and make the perfect prop for your spring blooms. Interesting to hear the German for daffodils – the orange tulips and bright foliage are just right with yours. Thank you for sharing…

  7. I love the warm orange of the tulip, which complements the bright yellow of the daffodils beautifully. I hope Easter brings you warmer days, Cathy!

    • When the Easter bells are over we will have the Glockenblumen (Campanula) Blauglöckchen (Hyacinths) and the Pasque flowers which are called cow bells here!

  8. A beautiful Easter vase, Cathy, with warm spring colors. I like the name Osterglocken – it rolls around the mouth in a pleasant way! We still only have snowdrops and a few crocus. The recent cold spell has suspended growth – warm weather returning on Wed. 🙂

    • They are a bit brash, but aren’t they welcome with that lovely rich colour so early in the season! Mine are getting taller by the day too.

  9. Love the combination with reds and golds. So interesting to read about the Easter Egg trees on branches, my mother used to do exactly the same thing. I can remember picking the branches, blowing out the eggs and dying them to make the tree. Happy Easter!

    • It demands attention doesn’t it! I planted a few more of those tulips last autumn but I think I need a few more in a different spot for more early spring colour. 🙂

  10. Lovely post, Cathy. That amber glass jar/vase was a surprise. It lends itself beautifully to the warm oranges and yellows of your arrangement and what a stand-out against your blue, albeit cold sky.

    My garden is currently dominated by purples and yellows. Everything is lush and green thanks to our recent rains.

        • We don’t have rain barrels… yet. But they would have to be emptied in winter. At some stage in the future we want a rainwater system. I do have an old concrete basin that used to have a pump in it for a water feature (several decades before we came here!) and we use that when it fills up!

  11. Such warmth in your vase, Cathy, let’s hope we’ll get the same for us and our gardens soon. I keep looking at my Osterglocken, such dear smiling faces and the make my heart sing. Happy Easter to you and your loved ones, 2 and 4 legged 🙂

    • Thanks Noelle. I can remember writing a list of common flowers in the back of my first German dictionary and Osterglocken was at the top! 🙂

  12. Happy Ding donging. I’ve just picked some Osterglocken from my garden today to go with out home-marbled eggs (polystyrene) and the willow branches. They’ll be sprouting green shoots very soon… just not in time for Easter.

  13. A most vibrant vase full of spring goodies Cathy. Lots of yellows here but no oranges. ‘Osterglocken’ is a most apt word although a late Easter might throw a spanner in the works. I don’t know anything about the origins of the word daffodil so must find out today 🙂

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