I had something quite different in mind when I went out this morning to cut flowers. There were so many dainty spring flowers that really need to come into the house to be appreciated. I remembered having eight of these little Mexican glass shot glasses, and found that I could almost cover the color wheel with my findings.
Let’s start at the blue end of my bouquets on parade. Ceanothus ‘Blue Jeans’ is just coming into flower. I wonder if these tight buds will open. If so, these two little vases will get better as time goes by. A couple of sprigs of Stachyrus praecox new leaves set off the Muscari in the second vase.
The color doesn’t read as well shot from the other side, but the light shining through the leaves is nice.
Shades of purple and lilac show up in Fritillarea maleagris and Epimedium ‘Roseum’.
Arcostaphylos densiflora ‘Harmony’ has pale pink flowers, while the native Ribes, planted here by the birds, shades from medium pink to almost red.
My favorite of the Epimediums is E.x warleyense, with these delicate wands of orange flowers. I added a stem of Berberis replicata that has streaks of orange mixed with deep yellow.
I thought you needed a close-up to appreciate these flowers. See why they need to come inside?
For pure yellow, you can’t beat Forsythia, and I let one stem of the barberry migrate into this vase to add interest.
The yellow-green Hellebores are a bit coarser than the other posies in the group, but I did want to use all eight glasses, and they met the color requirements.
To complete the spectrum, here’s white Clematis armandii. But I couldn’t stop there…
The rains had beaten down some of the Narcissi ‘Thalia’, giving me a good excuse to pick them. A couple of long-lasting leaves from past bouquets make a dramatic background for the pristine, lightly fragrant, flowers. So there you have it. Now do click through to Rambling in the Garden to hook up with a growing number of budding flower arrangers.