The frogs are just beginning to tune up their vocal chords. I hear a random “ribbit”…nothing like the full chorus of mating season. It reminded me of this little glass frog and a color-coordinated round vase. The cutwork cloth is something that was embroidered by a friend of the family (can you imagine?).
By filling the vase with clear glass marbles, I was able to arrange some twigs of Stachyrus praecox and have them hold their position. I searched for this shrub for months, based on a magazine photo of long hanging stems of bead-like flowers. I’m pretty sure that was a mislabeled photo of Stachyrus salicifolia, which I eventually sought out and killed.
There’s a glass ball back there that is actually a decommissioned hummingbird feeder (the kind with a feeding tube out the bottom that leaked sugar water all over the place). In my experience, the prettier the hummingbird feeder, the less useful it turns out to be. There’s also a glass candlestick that fits in with the color scheme.
A few Tête a Tête daffodils, Pulmonaria ‘Ron Davidson’, and foliage of Epimediums and Aquilea put the Spring in this vase.
You’ll find Spring busting out all over if you click through to see what Cathy (Rambling in the Garden) has in store this Monday.