In a Vase on Monday. Easter Eggs.

What a funny Easter- no chocolate Easter eggs, no hot cross buns, no Simnel cake and worst of all, no family lunch. But what fantastic weather we have had and a wonderful day in the garden yesterday. And here in the Blooming Garden a once in a life time event; The Pianist planted a tree. He planted it it in its pot but once we got over that little problem and I explained that the hole had to be big enough to accommodate all the roots and it really wouldn’t do if half the root ball was sticking up out of the hole, it was plain sailing all the way. And I am very grateful because the whole of this part of the garden where my new trees are going is full of roots from the old hedge line, so it wasn’t an easy task. And the Pianist is averse to physical labour and anything to do with spades, so bless him. And then we spent the afternoon reading in the garden which is a lovely way to spend Easter Sunday.

But today it is cold so I have brought a few special Easter flowers into the house. I have a French porcelain Easter egg to display them in so no calories are involved in this arrangement.

I used bluebells and for scent there are dark red  wallflowers, Skimmia x confusa ‘Kew Green’ and some little narcissi.

Erysimum cheiri ‘Blood Red’, Skimmia ‘Kew Green’ and Narcissus ‘Pipit’

I love the tiny narcissi that bloom after all the others, three particular favourites are the highly fragrant jonquils  ‘Bell Song’ with a peachy trumpet, ‘Segovia’ and yellow and white ‘Pipit’ which has three or four flowers on each stalk. They are all irresistible.

Narcissus Segovia‘ Narcissus ‘Pipit ‘ and Narcissus ‘BellSong’

Look how cute ‘ Segovia’ is with its white petals and neat flat cups inside.

Narcissus ‘Segovia’

I have quite a few Pasque flowers in different colours, this is a ruby coloured one.

Pulsatilla vulgaris with tulip.

The erythroniums are in flower now, ‘Pagoda’ is the most common one and the easiest to grow, it clumps up quickly.

Other flowers include a  tulip, cowslips, pulmonaria, a white snakes head fritillary, the perennial wallflower Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ and a bit of the chocolate vine chocolate vine, Akebia quinata.

And I found two Eater Eggs, one is agate and the other one is amethyst, we can’t eat them but they are quite pretty.

And not only do we have flowers and inedible Easter eggs, but the Pianist has made a delicious carrot cake. That should go down very well with a nice glass of Sauternes.

Thank you Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for encouraging us to keep on picking flowers for the house to bring some normality into our lives as we try to adjust to these strange and worrying times. Cathy has tulips today and what a cheering sight they are.

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33 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Easter Eggs.

  1. Cathy says:

    Come come, Chloris, that’s not fair! The Pianist is a whizz at cutting the grass and making cakes and I seem to remember him making some raised beds for you once upon a time… You are lucky you got that yummy carrot cake and the love that came with it…shame on you! Perhaps he was only teasing you with his attempt at tree planting… 😉 I always covet your little egg vase when I see it and I love its spring contents for this easter, although I realise it is not as little as I once thought it was. My one erythronium is in flower but I have just moved it and sadly it is not quite as happy as it was looking – I tell a lie, I have a new one, but I don’t think it is ready to flower ths year. Your amethyst egg is very lovely too. Thanks for sharing everything today

    • Chloris says:

      He knows I’m only teasing, I know I’ m lucky to have him. But it’s true he wanted to plant the tree in its pot. My erythroniums have been lovely this year.

  2. karen says:

    Very beautiful, almost like stained glass. I love your cake too. We had scones with butter and bramble jam. It’s been a strange Easter without family or friends, just mr bramble and me. Anyway, happy Easter. Love karen xx

  3. pbmgarden says:

    Scrumptious colors and textures and a beauty of a vase. Reading in the garden sounds lovely. Very windy here after bad storms earlier. Everything is covered in yellow pine pollen for another week or two. But nice nevertheless.

    • Chloris says:

      I have read about your pollen problems, I have asthma so would find that difficult. We have hadthe most amazing April weather but still our gardens are not as advanced as yours.

  4. Kris Peterson says:

    I’d take a carrot cake over candy eggs any day! I love the vase and its myriad contents. ‘Segovia’ is a true beauty. And you’ve contributed to today’s tulip envy.

  5. tonytomeo says:

    All the vases today seem so springy! All the colors, with many pastels, are so perfect.

  6. Lavinia Ross says:

    The flowers, and the carrot cake, are all beautiful!

  7. Brian Skeys says:

    I love your little vases and with carrot cake you are having one of your five a day! Happy Easter.

  8. Cathy says:

    My bet is that he was pulling your leg! (or maybe not?) The flowers are lovely … but that vase is something special. All in all, an Easter treat, even though I was late to catch it! Carrot cake seems like the perfect epilogue.

  9. I love your Pianist stories, he reminds me of my husband – I hope he doesn’t want to plant’s that root ball thing, right? Beautiful eggs and flowers and reading in the garden on Easter sounds lovely…

  10. I can relate to your story, as I have a husband that does not enjoy outdoor work, but sometimes I need more muscle. We are having a cool snap and I’ve been trying to get the big chores done.

  11. Beautiful flowers as always Liz. Your Pianist sounds a cutie, wielding spades and mixers for you. Perfect. (I had my husband cutting up sleepers over the Easter weekend, so I am not doing too badly either). Enjoying your Sauternes and the fantastic weather we are having!

  12. Your daffodils look charming. Most of ours that have bloomed are ‘Ice Follies’, but I am really looking forward to ‘Sailboat’, which shouldn’t take too long. The carrot cake looks scrumptious. Our son brought us groceries and with it some chocolate and caramel-covered matzo that he made.

  13. So pretty, Chloris. You have a special touch with arranging. I really like when people go with the natural flow of the stems and the blooms. Carrot cake is my absolute favorite! Yum!

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Beth. I don’t know how to arrange flowers, I just stick them in and let them do their own thing. These difficult times make us long for the comfort of homemade cake annd bread, we are all going to emerge several pounds heavier.

  14. Cathy says:

    Beautiful vases. I love your creamy white Erythronium. And the cake looks delicious. 😃

  15. Noelle says:

    A lovely post…what a vase in which to display your spring beauties. It was the icing on the cake…oh it was there already with a lovely heart too!

  16. Chloris says:

    Thank you Noelle. Yes, the cake was made with love, it was for my birthday.

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