spring sampler in a vase

Anyone else feeling downright giddy with the early signs of spring?

Bits of this and that: some Téta a Téte daffodils, always the first to bloom; a couple of Hellebores; one tiny sprig of Stachyrus praecox (on the shrub, those racemes of pale yellow buds would be dangling downward); foliage of Brachyglottis greyi and Cotoneaster; three sprigs of pussy willows. The nearly heart-shaped perfume bottle was added to pick up the color of the Hellebore and in recognition of Saint Valentine’s Day.

The sweet pussy willows deserve a photo of their own. A friend gave me a few stems in a bouquet, which I enjoyed indoors for a long time, then stuck in the ground. This is the first year they have produced stems to spare.

So Welcome, Spring! Hope you can stay a while! Cathy, over at Rambling in the Garden hosts In a Vase on Monday, where she rounds up many bloggers’ vases for your viewing pleasure each and every Monday of the year.

30 thoughts on “spring sampler in a vase

  1. Oh I like your IAVOm sampler, rickii, with the early spring blooms and buds. And have you noticed the stems in the taller of the 2 vases, where the are in the water? Aren’t those colours pretty? The pussy willow is adorable and how nice to have nurtured a ‘stick’ into a plant! The perfume bottle was a nice touch as well

  2. Oh, that’s really pretty, Ricki! The Hellebores with the Daffodils…the structural elements…the Pussy Willows…all combine for a sweet display. Those vases are special, too! No, I’m not giddy yet, because winter is very much still here. Soon, though…

  3. Well you’ve achieved great things here with cheerful blossoms, stems and containers. Yes, I am giddy to see (in my case) a few signs of spring. Things are late but anticipation is part of being a gardener. Have a great week Ricki.

  4. Love the bud vases. My mother always had them in her house.
    It was nice meeting you today at Joy Creek!

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