In a Vase on Monday: Spring Zing πŸ˜ƒ

Spring has sprung and every day a few more flowers appear as if from nowhere. If I went out at night with a lamp I would probably be able to watch them growing! πŸ˜‰

So a few cornus cuttings and some other lovely spring colour went into my current favourite vase trio.

Coltsfoot, Iris, Hellebores and my first tiny narcissus.

When the Coltsfoot flowers I know that spring is round the corner. It always turns up mid March here, and the first glimpse of it at the side of our lane makes me almost skip for joy! It is holding up well in the vase too, as I picked it on Sunday afternoon.

The hellebore is a ‘Prince Double White’ – one of my largest and healthiest in fact, but I have had to remove a lot of blackened leaves from all my hellebores this winter.

I haven’t been blogging much recently…. because I have been in the garden. 😁 Oh, it is so good to be working outdoors again, feeling the warmth of the sun on my back.

Tomorrow rain is forecast, so I will be catching up on the other vases linking in to Cathy’s meme at Rambling in the Garden. Thanks to Cathy, as always, for hosting! And Happy Gardening! 🌷



44 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Spring Zing πŸ˜ƒ

  1. ‘Spring Zing’ is such a promising title, and your vase(es) doesn’t/don’t disappoint – it just shows that we don’t need a vase crammed full of blooms to bring pleasure as these are the perfect tasters of spring as they are, The last picture, the circular one, looks so effective.
    And you have reminded me that I was going to ask the Golfer to make a stand for some of my test tubes – he has been so industrious recently, making up for lost time and the inactivity when he was poorly, so it would be good to get them done whilst he was still in such a productive mode!

    • It is good to hear your Golfer is feeling better. I imagine the framework would not be too difficult to make, but I would recommend making holes for the test tubes to slot into, instead of indentations like this one… I am constantly worried one of the vases will slip out of mine when I move the whole thing!

      • Hmm – being an avid problem-solver, I would suggest another strip of timber, stained to match, screwed at one end and with a swivel hook at the other, to keep them safe (and your existing front could become the back if need be?). But yes, easier for test tubes to have holes to drop into because of the shape, of course

          • We have now worked out a rough design and he will do a prototype for approval – I have lots of test tubes as I bought a box of them on eBay, so we may well create a few more to sell at our open garden events. Thanks for the inpsiration!

      • And even easier would be a small screw at either side of the main stand, not fully inserted, and a notch at either end of the additional strip to slot over the screws…

  2. Lucky you to be playing in the garden. I walked around the snowy patches in my yard today and noted emerging narcissus spears and a few snowdrops by the house… soon, soon!

  3. Beautiful hellebore! I’m glad to see that spring has reached you. Ours is already flying by so quickly I fear we’ll be staring down summer soon.

  4. Wow, that looks like an impressive hellebore! I do not grow them intentionally, but a few ‘survive’ here, and actually self sow. One happens to perform well, although I have no idea why, or what is so special about it. Every once in a while I find nice bloom elsewhere.

    • Coltsfoot is the first wild flower here – a weird flower that has long thin stems and the leaves (which are really enormous) don’t appear until the flowers are over. It took me years to associate the flower and leaf with each other! πŸ˜‰

  5. Lovely to gaze upon your spring zing Cathy and no doubt the first of many more flowers to come. I like the oh so delicate spotting on that hellebore. Do you know what’s the reason for all the blackened leaves.

    • Hi Anna. I suppose it must be a fungal virus, as I have heard there is something that affects the leaves and that is why they should be cut back on the H. orientalis hybrids. But it may also be due to frosts.

  6. I’m so glad you’re enjoying some wonderful spring weather, Cathy, and I’m sure your time in the garden is incredibly satisfying. We wait for spring to beckon! Your arrangement is lovely. As always! πŸ™‚

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