In a Vase on Monday. Easter Eggs.

It’s too cold to linger in the garden today so I picked a few treasures to bring inside for my French porcelain egg. And because I love fragrance many of them smell nice. Their are two kinds of skimmias here, ‘Rubella’ and ‘Kew Green’. There is a hyacinth and several small narcissi, all fragrant .And I picked one of the wild Cyclamen persicum from a pot in the greenhouse. So the dining room smells lovely.

Skimmia confusa ‘Kew Green’

I also picked one flower of my Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’ which is looking wonderful right now. Goodness knows what it will look like after a few nights of frost.

The pussy willow in the above photo is a delightful one called Salix purpurea ‘Nancy Saunders.’ It makes a very elegant little bush and looks good all year; the miniature catkins which appear in spring are so dainty. The wine coloured anemone is Anemone coronaria ‘Bordeaux’ and it is my current favourite, it looks nice with the deep pink corydalis.

Anemone coronaria ‘Bordeaux’

The wine- coloured Akebia quinata is also a good match for the dark anemone. It is supposed to smell of chocolate but I can’t detect it. The snake’s head fritillary, Fritlliaria melagris picks up the colour.

I used three or four different Grape Hyacinths, Muscari including the pale ‘Peppermint’ and the chunky ‘Blue Spike’. The blue is picked up with a few flowers of Chinodoxa luciliae. The Iris looks like Iris unguicularis but it is in fact Iris lazica from the Black Sea. This iris blooms prolifically and it has shiny green leaves.

Scilla luiciliae

The shrubs I used are common Forsythia intermedia which was all over my garden but there is now just one for picking. Osmanthus burkwoodii is evergreen with small white highly fragrant flowers. For foliage I used the marbled leaves of Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Elizabeth’.

Osmanthus x burkwoodii

So this is my Easter egg arrangement. I hope you are enjoying the Easter abundance in your gardens and if it is a bit too chilly to linger outside then why not pick a posy of something lovely and link in with Cathy’s meme In a Vase on Monday at Rambling in the Garden so we can all enjoy it too.

Oh, and if you think the title Easter Eggs means we have lots of lovely chocolate eggs, there is no such decadence in this house. The other eggs are made of Tiger Eye and Amethyst. But I rather wish they were chocolate.

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

  1. bcparkison says:

    Spring is so welcomed.

  2. Heyjude says:

    You have a profusion of delightful spring blooms!

  3. Delightful spring arrangement!

  4. susurrus says:

    A lovely abundance! I like the way you’ve mixed flowers from bulbs, vines and trees together.

  5. Cathy says:

    I was hoping you would wheel out one of your egg vases today, Chloris – I always think of them when I come to a Monday vase around Easter time. What a profusion of blooms you have managed to squeeze into it, so many little joys to discover. Do the fritillaries lost OK in a vase? I keep meaning to try them. And do you have any tips for growing A coronaria? I have never had any success with any of them. Thanks for sharing, and best wishes to you both

  6. pbmgarden says:

    Your egg vase holds many wonderful treasures. I like your Anemone coronaria ‘Bordeaux’ –I tried it once but it didn’t make it. Will have to keep it in mind for next year. We had ideal weather over the weekend and I had a chance to putter in the garden a few hours. Enjoy each moment.

    • Chloris says:

      We had amazing warm weather last week, it was a joy to be outside but it’s all turned to worms today. I always start my anemones off in pots and then plant them outside.

      • pbmgarden says:

        Thanks for the anemone tip. Worth a try because they’re so lovely. We had two nights below freezing just before the weekend. Ruined my hydrangea. Hope it will be warm and sunny for you again soon.

  7. A beautiful vase for beautiful flowers. I hope the freeze will not be too hard.

  8. Kris P says:

    I hope you had a wonderful Easter despite the circumstances. I adore that porcelain vase. Its contents fit the occasion too. My favorite elements are the dark Anemone and the pussy willow. I’ll be looking for corms of the former next year. Sadly, growing a pussy willow in a landscape as dry as mine isn’t at all realistic.

  9. M.B. Henry says:

    Lovely spring colors!

  10. Frog says:

    Quel merveilleux bouquet, et dans un si joli vase ! Hélas je n’aurais que des jonquilles et des fritillaires à cueillir si je voulais faire un bouquet. Mais je me régale à regarder vos photos.

  11. Wonderful! the color mix is an ode to Primavera..and I think your egg is bigger that it looks. No chocolate eggs here, we can look for some Aldi dark chocolate in the kitchen here!

  12. Eliza Waters says:

    What a gorgeous spring bouquet, Liz! I love your egg vase as well.
    Hope you had a nice Easter.

  13. Cathy says:

    Beautiful! I love the egg vase and your gorgeous red anemone especially. I thought they only come in blue!

  14. Fabulous! Hope you had a good Easter x

  15. tonytomeo says:

    Goodness, that is too much for one vase!

  16. Glorious as ever. You have so many beauties there. Hope that your magnolia(s) survived the recent freeze without too much damage.

  17. snowbird says:

    What a delightful arrangement. Oh…that porcelain egg is just fabulous!xxx

  18. Annette says:

    Your arrangements are always a delight and full of precious things that make me want to rush off and get them. Hope you’re enjoying milder, sunny weather now and your garden hasn’t suffered too much in the frost. We desperately need rain here in Najac. Usually spring is very wet and gives plants/nature a good start but this year is very strange, although of course it’s nice to have such fab weather, but we’ve never seen the river so low at this time of year. Hope you’ve got my mail and that all is well with you. Take care and enjoy spring xx

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