Monday, 20 March 2017

In A Vase On Monday - Spring Bits & Bobs - plus a garden update

Hello Everyone,

Today is the first day of spring and so to celebrate I have a vase of seasonal bits and bobs  for Cathy's In A Vase.
A wander round the garden today was very cheering. Not only was there green shoots popping up all over the place, all promising lots of colour to come, but also quite a few spring flowers - among them cowslips (primula veris), lungwort (pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'), helleborus niger 'Christmas Carol' - ready to be picked and popped in a vase.
Cowslips - Primula veris
Helleborus niger 'Christmas Carol' and lungwort, Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'
I added, just because I couldn't resist it, the acid green foliage of an alpine aquilegia, not in flower just yet but it won't be long now.

For me this combination of blue and yellow just says springtime even though, dotted around the garden, there are just a few other colours, mainly from the old wallflowers that have been producing a bloom or two since January but are now really getting going. Here's a few shots of what I spotted during my wander.
And here's the lungwort and cowslips before picking. According to the label for this lungwort is also known as "Blue Cowslip".
I couldn't resist taking a photograph of some of the flower buds that are popping up - here's a couple.
Clematis 'Broughton Bride'
And there's no forgetting the many daffodils that are still brightening up my days.

The windblown flowers are cut to fill even more vases with their golden loveliness.

Cathy is celebrating five years of blogging at Rambling In The Garden so do pop over to see the fabulous vase, hand painted by her daughter, saved for this very occasion.


Valerija said...

Beautiful photos. I just love spring flowers!
Valerija xx

Kris Peterson said...

Discovering all the new arrivals is a wonderful rite of spring, isn't it? I love all the pretty cowslips!

AlisonC said...

You've got so much going on now and to look forward too. I love that acid green aquilegia foliage as well.

Anonymous said...

Your vase is lovely - I adore Cowslips! But the whole post is also a real treat too, with all those spring flowers. Thanks for sharing!

Chronica Domus said...


It appears that yellow reins supreme in your spring garden presently. Mine has turned all white. Funny how these things happen.

Anonymous said...

Look at all those spring beauties - and how come my cowslips are ages away from flowering yet?! I love pulmonaria, do you? Thanks for sharing all your lovelies today

Tina Z. said...

I love spring flowers and your vase is so pretty and fresh!
your lovely package arrived yesterday, thank you so much!

karen gimson said...

Looking very beautiful. It's fascinating to see what everyone is growing and how the flowers are used for " in a vase" meme. All the best. Karen

Eliza Waters said...

Lovely spring arrangement, Elizabeth, and I love your pretty blue and white vase. Blue, white and yellow is one of my favorite color combinations!