Of course we have to have flowers in the house for Easter. I am joining in with Cathy’s meme; ‘In a Vase on Monday’ but as it’s Easter I have used an egg. I have filled my little Limoges porcelain cracked egg with some little jewel-like treasures from the garden.
Guess what that nice fat bud in the centre is? Yes, it’s a bud of one of my tree peonies. I accidentally cut it off when I was pruning away dead wood. I shocked myself with my language, I hope no one was listening. I don’t know whether it will come out in water or whether it will just sit there reproaching me.
The twiggy things are Flowering Currant; Ribes sanguineum, and Spirea japonica ‘Goldflame’. As you can see the spiraea has lovely orange foliage in spring. It has horrible pink flowers in summer which clash, so I cut them off. You can see the pink flowering currant on the right. I know some people can’t bring it into the house because of the strong smell. I quite like it; it acts like Proust’s madelaine for me and take me straight back to the springs of my childhood.
I used a sprig of rosemary as you can see on the right of the above picture. I have also picked a few twigs of Salix purpurea ‘Nancy Saunders.’ For those of you who don’t know this salix, it is very elegant with shiny, maroon- red stems and slender blue-grey leaves. You can cut it back each spring to keep it compact. The catkins are miniature and very dainty.
As it’s Easter we have to have some Narcissus. I used N. ‘Tête-a Tête’, N. ‘W.P. Milner’ and a white N. ‘Thalia’.
The Galanthus plicatus is the last snowdrop to bloom in my garden and this one in the next picture has very large flowers. The other white flowers are Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’ which has large flowers and seeds around into nice clumps.
There is also a white Ipheion uniflorum ‘Alberto Castillo’. I love the way it looks as if it had marks made in pencil down the centre of the petal.
For fragrance I used a hyacinth and a sprig of my precious Ypsilandra thibetica which has fragrant blooms like little bottle brushes.
Another Easter flower for me is the gorgeous Snake’s Head Fritillary; Fritillaria meleagris. So I had to include one in my Easater arrangement.
The little species tulip buds on the left of the above picture have opened up in the warmth of the house. I don’t know which one it is, but it has spread all round my weeping pear tree.
As it is Easter I picked a big bunch of the daffodils from the orchard and put them in my blue Corsican vase. I am in the process of digging these up to make way for a new project. Daffodils growing in grass look lovely whilst they are in bloom but awful afterwards.
And finally some Easter eggs. I hope you are enjoying a lovely Easter despite storm Katie having a tantrum and keeping us all indoors. Do go over to Ramblinginthegarden to see what Cathy and other people have put into their Easter vases.