In a Vase on Monday: Spring

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A bonus day today – 29th February – added back in Roman times to get us back in sync with the astronomical year, to get us back on track. I remember in my secondary school days when there was that thrilling yet terrifying prospect of a day when girls could propose to boys. Such ridiculous excitement. Queen Margaret of Scotland (in the 1400s) is recorded to have brought in a law with hefty fines for any man who turned down a woman’s proposal. I’m sure there was much glove-wearing at the time.

Anyway, tomorrow is March and March is definitely spring. Spring, not winter. So, with a spring in my step I picked this (rather obvious, though it is) selection of perfect tiny spring blooms from the garden this morning. Tete-a-tete daffs, primroses, grape hyacinths, snowdrops and a solitary purple geranium. The sight of these petite blooms fills me with delight and optimism for the growing season ahead. I’m off to the garden centre later to buy seeds; there are garden vouchers burning a hole in my pocket. I have visions of clouds of cosmos, drifts of Californian poppies studded with a dark blue/purple something or other, and borage and calendula around the veg plot.

I’m joining in again with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden and all the lovely Monday vases. Thank you for hosting such a joyful gathering Cathy.

 

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37 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Spring

  1. I liked the way you laid all your blooms out and photographed them before putting them in the vases – perhaps in the ame way that ingredients might be laid out and photographed in the cookery books you edit! I shall be adding a few little posies like yours during the week and popping them lsewhere in the house while I still have them – so thanks for sharing yours and reminding us how pretty even an ‘obvious’ selection of blooms is. And for the bonus of info on the 29th Feb – I wonder if Queen M was married…?

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      1. Having been at primary school in Scotland the only history we learned was Scottish so I am sure I would have known that once – but it is rather a long time ago!!

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  2. I like the flowers laid out ready to be used almost as much as the pretty vases, what a clever idea. I enjoy celebrating the season we’re in so your ‘obvious’ choice is perfect.

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    1. Thank you Christina. I can’t take the credit for the idea of photographing flowers on a flat surface – lots of people do that – but the arrangement and use of paper bags(!) is all mine 🙂

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  3. Isn’t it exciting that it’s March tomorrow! I’ve so love the flowers in the garden here that I’m loathe to pick any for a vase. Maybe that will be remedied this summer as I have plans for some cut flowers once I’ve squeezed the veg in. Your cup of primroses makes me wish I’d got more of those in the garden – I much prefer those to the brightly coloured primula that seem to have snuck in… C x

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  4. I’ve always been envious that you all get such dear little blooms so early – even with our unseasonably warm winter it will be several weeks before we see any crocus opening up.Thank you for the very cheering photos!

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  5. Yes, spring. I love spring. I wish I could bring myself to collect some flowers from my garden, they would be lovely in a little vase on the table. Your little primrose are adorable. I haven’t seen any here yet but they can’t be far behind. Hope the garden centre trip was fab. x

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    1. The flower seed selection was a bit disappointing, so I came home and ordered the hardy annuals I’m after online instead. I did buy some veg seeds, though, so it wasn’t a wasted trip 🙂

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    1. Hi Anca. Well, if you’re after using the idea and photographing your own, of course you can! If you’d like to use my actual photograph, please credit me and link back to my blog. Thank you 🙂

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    1. I think the grape hyacinths here have benefitted from all the earth-moving that has occurred over the past couple of years as we have loads popping up. I was very restrained at the garden centre (they didn’t have many of the seeds I wanted) but did enjoy perusing their plants.

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  6. These are small but perfectly formed posies. I think primroses are my favourite Spring flower, but mine aren’t flowering yet. You’ve made me think I should swing by the garden centre too and choose some new flower seeds for this year.

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    1. I think we must be slightly milder here (although it’s hard to believe as it’s cold, cold today) – there are primroses coming out all along the clifftops too.

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  7. This is the time of year to be glad you have a selection of miniature jugs and bottles. One of my favourites is a tiny fish paste glass jar. There must have been barely enough in it to fill one sandwich. Your primroses are enviably perfect. Mine are rather mud spotted and ragged.

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  8. There is something so joyful about a few hand picked spring blooms sitting in a pot or jug in a shaft of sunlight. Spring flowers are always my favourite, but there’s not enough out there to pick any to bring inside, so I buy them. It still makes me excited for spring though. x

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  9. Oh Sam, this really is lovely the way you have photographed the flowers before you put them in the vases. And you are right, soon spring will really be here. I hope you found the seeds you wanted. I have already stocked up on cosmos and a few other flowers, but you have reminded me to put borage on my list too. 🙂

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  10. These are really cute vases – I often have mini vases too. I had daffodils in mine too. I’ve got seeds to start germinating too – must get on with it. Have a lovely week love bec xx

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