In A Vase On Monday – Heaven Scent

IMG_2458My plantings of lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) around the yard have grown large enough that I am able enjoy great handfuls of these highly-perfumed, graceful bells in vases inside the house. Truly a heaven-sent scent! As I sit typing, this vase is next to me and I find myself breathing deeply – pleasure at every inhalation!

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As well, I’ve included white bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabalis ‘Alba’) and common blue violets (Viola sororia). IMG_2460While these native violets that grow in our lawn are short, the ones in the fields can reach 6-8″ (15-20 cm) long, making them good company for the lily of the valley.

IMG_2457For my vase, I’ve used a heavy, cut-crystal one that I’ve had for ages and cannot remember where I got it. It is a good size, so it gets used quite often.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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74 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Heaven Scent

  1. It would be nice to smell the beautiful fragrance of these pretty flowers. Breathe it in for us Eliza! 🌺🌺

  2. domnuio says:

    Heavenly scent indeed and beautiful flowers !

  3. MK says:

    What a beautiful & simple arrangement. I like the purple and white. How fun it’d be to have a blindfold hide-and-seek with your heaven scents leading to the prize!

  4. I can almost smell them… so delightful! And what a beautiful combination these two. Enjoy!

  5. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    I just love this colour combination. Brightens my Monday morning – thank you Eliza:)

  6. jenanita01 says:

    As a nature lover, your lovely posts and photographs are a delight…

  7. Beautywhizz says:

    Beautiful, can almost smell it.

  8. Ann @Ann Edwards Photography says:

    a pretty, fresh posy. Enjoy your sweetly-fragranced home!

  9. srickman2014 says:

    What a beautiful arrangement! It reflects the wonderful joy that spring brings. Your creation certainly brought a smile to my face:-)

  10. Beautiful! My pink and red bleeding hearts are looking wonderful. My white one died. 😦

  11. spanishwoods says:

    Beautiful! And I have never seen pure white bleeding hearts! Really lovely.

  12. Val Boyko says:

    I love the colors and can only imagine the heaven sent scent 💛
    Lovely Eliza!

  13. Well, you know I’d be doing the same thing. Breathing in deep pleasure with every inhale and being filled with gratitude for that fragrance. I do miss those flowers. I’m glad you are enjoying them and I’m sure they are enjoying your love.

  14. What a pleasure to see and read this post. I can almost pick up the scent of the flowers!

  15. Laurie Graves says:

    Lovely! You’ve inspired me to make my own modest bouquets with whatever I have at hand. Sometimes it’s just hosta leaves, which amazingly enough look pretty darned good 😉

  16. Jim Ruebush says:

    Very nice. Good to have the beauty and scents around.

  17. Kathy Sturr says:

    I love the colors of spring!

  18. Gillian says:

    Beautiful vase and gorgeous flowers as always Eliza. When I imagine your garden I thought you would have swathes of Lily of the Valley… you don’t do anything by halves do you? We grow it too but I must confess that I don’t pick it because I sit outside and look at it every day anyway. Perhaps I should!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Even 5 sprigs in a small vase will perfume a room. I like to put them in the bathroom (small space, fills the air 🙂 Nice if you take tub baths) and next to my bed – talk about aromatherapy!

  19. Beautiful flowers :-). I was surprised that the violets had long enough stems to put in a vase. Interesting to know that there is a long stemmed variety. They pair so well with the little white flowers.

  20. That’s lovely Eliza lily of the valley and Dicentra alba with violets in a crystal vase. Really pretty.

  21. Cathy says:

    So very fresh and pretty Eliza. Your white bleeding heart is such a romantic addition. I do love Lily of the Valley and it smells gorgeous as an added bonus.

  22. Kris P says:

    Lily of the valley is definitely the plant of the week! It’s also, sadly, one I can’t grow, although, I also went with a blue and white theme this week. Enjoy the beautiful scent of those lilies!

  23. Eliza! Those flowers together are so pretty! I don’t have white bleeding hearts, but I have some common violets and lily of the valley, so I will see if I can put some in a jar, thereby following your inspiration.

  24. dorannrule says:

    As always a lovely arrangement and your flowers are definitely “heaven sent/scent.”

  25. Oh my all my favorites….just one of the most gorgeous arrangements I have seen for spring! Nice!

  26. Beautiful flowers & vase! I love those colors! That deep purple is so pretty and some of them, to me, resemble butterflies, in the second picture! I love the scents & colors of Spring and the name of those flowers, “Lily of the Valley” and “white bleeding heart!” Interesting name for a white flower! Thank you for sharing! I feel uplifted and light & breezy just seeing your photos! I can just imagine how heavenly it must be to have them around your house! ❤ 😀

  27. Jewels says:

    Love, love LOVE this one Eliza! ❤ The combination of violet and whites is so delightful! Lily of the Valley are one of my favorite springtime flowers, for their scent and their sweet dainty little bells. Mine are almost finished blooming here, I gotta sniff em up while they last. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Julie. I know that feeling to enjoy them while they last. We have a warm spell starting tomorrow and that’ll be sure to send the lilacs and LOVs over the edge, sadly. Too soon! But then, peonies are on the horizon. 🙂

  28. arlingwoman says:

    Gorgeous! Mine are done blossoming, and I wish I had thought to put violets in with them!

  29. Cathy says:

    And in this quantity they look even more wonderful – definitely something for me to look forward to, hopefully in less than the 20 years you suggested!

  30. ladyfi says:

    Love your shots and what a clever title!

  31. Robin says:

    I can almost smell them from here. Another gorgeous arrangement, Eliza. You really have a knack for putting together artistic floral arrangements. 🙂

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  33. digbydigz says:

    I love bringing flowers into my cottage, but some, like my favorite sweet peas, make me sneeze! And since I don’t have a garden, if I want flowers, I buy them at the farmer’s market. A real treat, for sure!

    You must have a lovely 7 1/2 acres!

  34. Maria F. says:

    Nice shots! Lily of the Valley doesn´t grow here

  35. Cathy says:

    What a glorious trio, Eliza. So well teamed with that lovely touch of blue from the viola. I can’t get white dicentra going here, so it was good to see yours!

  36. Lily of the Valley is my favorite scent. I had a patch back east. I have never seen white bleeding hearts before! Beautiful images and arrangement!

  37. Mine are still under 30cm of snow… no signs of spring here yet.

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