In a Vase on Monday: A Sweet Embrace

What a beautiful sunny day today, and it was really warm too. Lots of jobs needed doing, so my vase for Cathy’s meme didn’t get too much attention this week. Nonetheless the flowers I chose gave me a big hug when I put them in a vase full of cool water. ๐Ÿ™‚


ย The white arms outstretched are the sweet smelling Spirea (unidentified as yet). I also included several different tulips, including a flashy new parrot tulip that opened this week, helpfully labelled “Parrot Tulip”. Then some Cowslips and Dandelions, Lamium and Kerria japonica. There’s a big Hellebore leaf in there along with a couple of the large Trachystemon orientalis leaves and a whisp of Fennel.


Oh, and a new Narcissus which I think is called “Cheerfulness”.


Here’s a big hug from my Spirea for you all. (See that blue sky?)!


Have a sunny week!


61 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: A Sweet Embrace

  1. Your vase was sunny in itself and then you showed us that blue sky too – definitely hugs all round! That yellow parrot tulip looks most stylish – and the soft yellow narcissus is delightful. Thanks for sharing today

    • Thanks for the suggestion. I think it is probably Bridal Wreath, which Chloris suggested, and it is the most common one found around here I think.

  2. I got a kick out of the dandelions included in your bouquet of cheer. You have taken inclusiveness to a new level, and I say “Bravo!”

  3. How beautiful Cathy! Your vase of flowers with the border in bloom in the background looks like happy garden times to me. Glad the weather is sunny and warm. Enjoy.

  4. That’s such a bright and cheery vase Cathy which looks as if it might well take off ๐Ÿ™‚ It made me smile to see that you had picked some of the dreaded lamium. Hope that you have a good week.

    • The Lamium was all thanks to you Anna…. it had been in my mind all week, which made me go for the yellow and white theme! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ The tulips in the garden are wilting in our gorgeous warm sunshine, so I am glad I could bring a few indoors to enjoy.

  5. Wow, that’s beautiful! Love the colors and variety and the setting in your first photo is perfect. Glad to see spring back and going strong!

    • From one extreme to the other, we have now had a really warm and almost hot week! The tulips are wilting ( and so am I) as we acclimatise. I think the cold nights are over now, and I have been sowing seeds and planting up pots these past few days. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. A happy vase of lovely spring flowers AND a blue sky, what more could anyone want! Our sky wasn’t blue all day yesterday, very unusual. The rain was good but it is still so cold here. the Narcissus looks like ‘Cheerfulness’ to me; very apt in this cheery vase.

  7. To me it looks like some deliciously colourful, tropical bird in flight, Cathy. Wow, you know some vases really take my breath away! Enjoy the fine weather, little bird of paradise…and you too of course ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Annette, yes the Spiraea sprigs are more like wings than arms! I hope you have such wonderful spring sunshine this week too.

    • The tulips have provided so much colour for several weeks now and although many are over a few are still standing up to the strong sunshine we have had. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Happy Spring, Cathy ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that “Parrot Tulip” lol! I see two possible IDs already for your spiraea, so I’ll add a third: S. x vanhouttei, another “Bridal Wreath” type. Anyway, what a delicious combination of spring colours!

  9. What a gorgeous tulip with the red stripes, it really steals the show, Cathy! The froth of different yellows are so cheerful, like sunshine. Spirea is one of my favorite shrubs, but I don’t have the white “Bridal Wreath” type, yours makes such a long fabulous arc, very welcoming.

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