In a Vase on Monday: Bright and Beautiful

Some glorious sunshine and mild temperatures have given way to a cold icy wind again today. Nonetheless my outdoor spring pots planted up a few weeks ago have yielded enough for two little vases to bring indoors, so I can join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme.

The only flowers here that are actually growing in the garden are the Hellebore (Double Ellen Purple) and an Iris reticulata (Harmony).

The violas were all planted last autumn, and every year I fear they will not withstand being frozen solid for weeks on end, but they do! They look terrible in February, blackened by frost and soggy from the damp, but then suddenly they start turning green and producing buds.

I have also included some forget-me-nots, a yellow Primula, Bellis, miniature Narcissi, Veronica ‘Big Blue’, and an Iberis flower. The Iberis and Narcissi will be planted out in the garden eventually.

My craving for some winter colour is not limited to the garden however, and – as you can see – the bright pink/orange cushion cover I have been crocheting has crept into the photos! I hope you have some colour to enjoy this week, and if your Spring still hasn’t arrived, do go and visit Cathy and all the other vases that are linked in for a big dose of spring cheer!


36 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Bright and Beautiful

  1. Cathy that magnificent two small and wonderful vases full of Spring treasures! I love them like the flowers they contain. You have a great collection of Spring flowers that I love: Narcissi in miniature, Violas, Iris reticulata “Harmony”, Hellebores …… You are very industrious doing crochet: I tried it and it did not work out. I feel very much with all my heart that after a few days of good weather the cold has come again. Look at your vases and enjoy them. Have a wonderful week. Keep the heat. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

    • It is up and down with the temperatures here too Margarita. Up at the moment, so good news! Hope spring is coming your way too. Have a lovely weekend!

  2. You did a beautiful job displaying your pretty Spring blooms, Cathy. Tiny arrangements are often the most satisfying in my view. Our weather keeps pulling oddly dramatic shifts between warm and cooler-than-usual temperatures too, not that I’m complaining – the cooler temperatures due this week are expected to bring us a little more rain, which is always welcome.

    • I get the impression you have had some good rains this winter. We are hoping for some damp weather in April and May this year after months of practically zero rainfall last spring.

  3. Oh, they look so cartoonish. I happen to really like forget-me-nots. They are such a perfect blue! I would not have thought of cutting iberis. It is strictly a bedding plant, comparable to alyssum; but then, so is pansy . . . . and they are popularly cut for this meme.

      • Yes! When I get more ‘time’ (yeah, right), I must try it myself! I bet I can come up with some really odd ones. Seeing some of what others use makes one look at their own flowers a bit differently. If I had honeysuckle, I would SO want to show it off. I also want to get some mustard flowers. Well, you know how easy it is to get carried away!

    • Oh no! I hope there is only minimum damage. Especially after losing them last year. Did you see Amelia’s post? Her Wisteria is already opening!

  4. All of a sudden spring has sprung in my little corner of the world. It feels like overnight we have iris blooming and bulbs popping up in my neighbor’s garden. They weren’t there just a day or two ago! I love the colors in your seat cushion, Cathy, and it really sets a nice frame to the beautiful flowers you have pulled together. It’s so delightful to have color return, as you’re quick to point out! 🙂

    • I am glad to hear you are enjoying spring flowers now Debra! There really is nothing like it when the bulbs start shooting up everywhere and the world is slowly getting greener!

  5. Your vases are so full of smiles! 😀 as is your crochet! It is so nice to get some colour into one’s world again, isn’t it?

    • Thank you Karen. Yes, Spring has finally sprung here with a lovely sunny weekend to celebrate. Shame it was an hour shorter than usual as daylight saving started today! Happy Spring!

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