With a week of above normal temperatures, at last my garden is beginning to grow and bloom. Last week everything was tightly budded, but this week is a different story. I had cut a few branches of Japanese quince (Chaenomeles × superba) to force and then this weekend the forsythia (Forsythia × intermedia) began to bloom along with a few pink hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis). I put in a few dried black birch catkins (Betula lenta) for accent.
For a vase, I used my vintage ‘The Cube’ cream server (T.G. Green & Co., Church Gresley). The felted Easter eggs I made last week in a workshop at our library. Unfortunately, the dog got a hold of the one on the right, so it looks a bit disheveled. Mementoes for many Easters to come.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.
Lucky you. Here a few small buds are showing in the small trees and we are seeing a few shoots of daffodils and tulips but nothing is really blooming yet. Nice pics (Suzanne)
Thank you, Suzanne. Hopefully, you are only a week or so behind. Warmth is on its way!
Thank you, Fi!
I can smell them from here!
🙂 The fragrance is pretty strong!
So pretty! And tee-hee about the Easter egg on the right. From a dog’s point of view, it looks like the perfect play toy.
Thank you, Laurie. Yeah, I couldn’t really get mad at her. It was fair game. 🙂
It really was!
Lovely Eliza; the felted eggs look great fun too, no wonder the dog wanted to play.
Thank you, Christina. She is definitely a playful girl!
A sweet arrangement and your dog has great artistic taste! 😁
Thank you, Dor!
I’m glad that spring has arrived at last, Eliza! I can almost smell that Hyacinth. As to the felt Easter egg, it wouldn’t stand a chance with my Pipig either – like her fur mice, I’d probably never even see the egg again.
It is deliciously fragrant. I suppose our pets think anything small and furry is for them!
The Japanese Quince is gorgeous! I was not familiar with that….just the salmony ~ orange Quince. It’s amazing, here how many trees are blooming, daffodils, forsythia and spring bulbs…it’s beautiful out! It got up to 94° yesterday!
94? oh, my! I’m happy I am more west of you. The forest and hills make a big temp difference.
A pretty spring arrangement. Your felted eggs are very cool, even the one that your dog helped you with!
Thank you, Peter. Yes, you could say she had a part in the creative process! 😉
That is such a lovely pink:-)
Thank you, I think of it as ‘baby pink!’
Just lovely, my neighbor goes through extreme measures to grow Hyacinths like yours. Forsythia to me is the true harbinger of spring, so spring is here. My dogs would have loved those eggs and taken them into the backyard never to be seen or heard from again.
Thank you, SQ. Some pooh-pooh forsythia, but I’ve always loved its bright splash across the landscape to herald the arrival of spring. While I’m not fond of it clipped into hedges, I have a few ‘wild’ ones at the edge of the property that are just perfect for me.
YES! Clipped Forsythia is defilement ( another new word for my long gone English teacher)
You may be interested to know that Church Gresley where your pot was made is only 11 miles from here. The pottery finally ceased production in 2007 but there is a website run by the company’s Archivist & Historian at http://www.gresleypottery.uk/ I am glad you are finally seeing some spring flowers in your garden – you must be delighted to able to produce a vase again. I love your felt eggs too 🙂
How interesting! Small world, eh? Thank you for the link. Yes, I am happy to be amongst green growing things once again.
This is a lovely spring arrangement Eliza – hope you had a good Easter! Quince flowers are so pretty, but the thorns… Love the eggs! Glad it is warming up for you at last. 🙂
Thank you, Cathy. We’ve had such nice weather for more than a week and all the snow is gone. Everything is popping out of the earth!
Beautiful arrangement, Eliza. Now, can you tell me what the lovely soft green plant is in the back. 🙂
Thank you, Judy. I’ve had that sedum for years, can’t even remember where I got it. Every broken leaf roots! I think it is Sedum clavatum ‘Aurora Blue.’ Email me if you’d like a few pieces to root. I have plenty!
Beautiful. What a difference a week makes. Certainly looks like spring found you now. We’re in the 80s today, which is forcing spring beauties to run through their cycles all too quickly.
Thank you, the warmer temps have sprung everything from dormancy so quickly. Snowdrops and crocus are already passing, but there are so many more things coming!
OMG, these pictures speak so much spring! Absolutely beautiful. I love the colors. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you, Cecilia, I’m glad you liked it!
Pretty colors for spring and Easter 💕
Thank you, Karen. It is a happy season!
Lovely! A treat to see such colour.
Thank you, Belinda. Hurrah for spring!
Love the Spring colors and pizazz 💛
Thank you, Val. I’m enjoying the warmer spring days in the garden. 🙂
Beautiful arrangement and photos!
It’s wonderful to see so many flowers from the garden again!
Thank you, Sarah, I must agree!
Hooray for spring, it looks as though it’s all starting to happen. The quince is a very pretty colour. I bought one this year, Nicolina, she is lovely but a very bright colour. Now I’m hankering after a pale pink one!
Acquisition fever never ends! 😉
The individual photo of the Chaenomeles flowers look unabashedly pink and girly, but put them next to the candy-floss pink of that beautiful hyacinth and they become pale salmon pink. With the yellow of the forsythia they are both well complemented. I would never have guessed that the egg had been rescued from the jaws of a wicked hound – you must have saved it very quickly!
Thank you, Joanna. It’s nice to have flowers to arrange again.
It was my spouse who fortunately spotted the dog’s guilty look and sprang into action before too much damage was done!
Beautiful & cheerful arrangement, Eliza. I especially like your little Easter eggs, even the Wren-enhanced one.
Thank you! I guess Wren wanted to add her artistic touch – haha!
It’s nice to know someone will be enjoying forsythia in the near future. Quince is a particular favorite of mine, magically spectacular…
The quince hedge always blooms in time for the hummingbird’s return. It’s where I always first hear and see them. I may scorn its nasty thorns, but I forgive it for this reason!
I have a hyacinth just like that, it came from my great aunts garden.
This one came with the house, so it is probably equally old.
Lovely Easter colours Eliza, very pretty.
Thank you, Liz!
A lovely vase – and all the colours in the background were so complimentary too. The felted eggs were the crowning glory. Clever you to make something as pretty!
Thank you, Cathy, how very kind of you to say!
So pretty! The colors are all so fitting for Easter!
Thank you, Denise!