In A Vase On Monday – Spring Fling

Flowers are bursting forth, birds are nesting… Spring is all about sex and reproduction – a spring fling!

My narcissi are from collections bought long ago, so no ID. The lovely lemon-yellow Butterfly narcissus just opened and the miniature golden trumpet daffodils are always among the first to bloom and last for weeks.

I was glad to add a few delicate flowers of barrenwort (Epimedium pinnatum), which have jumped into bloom next to the house, while their counterparts further out in gardens have barely emerged from the ground. The bright blue glory-of-the-snow (Chionoxdoxa luciliae) provide a nice contrast.

I was charmed by the tiny, red floral fireworks of the red maples (Acer rubrum) and couldn’t resist adding a few branches. A few sprigs of green honeysuckle leaves (Lonicera tartarica) and some felted, fragrant Geranium macrorhizum leaves are the greens.

The green vines and flowers on the cream pitcher add to the spring feeling. The hollowed eggs are quail.

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.

About Eliza Waters

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88 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Spring Fling

  1. arlingwoman says:

    Spring is grand, isn’t it? My irises are out, the roses are beginning to blossom, and the columbine have been lovely. There are also tiny zinnia seedlings in the garden. Your bouquet is really fabulous. I’m looking forward to more of them as it gets warmer.

  2. Mic. says:

    Beautiful arrangement…I can’t imagine a world without spring! 🙂

  3. These are my favorite colors Eliza! Beautiful 💕💛

  4. Delicately beautiful. I’ve just looked up the properties of Barrenwort – what an interesting plant!

  5. Christina says:

    I’m so pleased for you that spring has arrived with you at last Eliza. It is a joy to see daffodils again, as mine are long gone. The Epimedium adds are beautifully delicate feel to the arrangement.

  6. Reblogged this on Purplerays and commented:
    Kick-start Monday and an amazing week with Eliza Waters!

  7. jenanita01 says:

    Our Spring is almost a memory now, so good to see yours at last! A lovely collection already, Eliza…

  8. pastpeter says:

    What a gorgeous gathering and arrangement! A beautiful start to any day.

  9. You’ve captured spring! Yet obviously knows no bounds. Delightful

  10. Alice Pratt says:

    What a delightfully, gorgeous bouquet! Quail eggs are interestingly decorated…I thought they were twin rocks 😬😮 Yesterday, I was eating my lunch on the deck, looked to the Weeping Crab Tree….a Hummingbird! Yes, I’m positive, I’ve been putting nectar feeders out for almost 20 years & have had a feeder hanging in that particular tree. Stopped eating & quickly made nectar, chilled it in the freezer, because I always boil it. Sure I saw a quick glimpse of a Hummy in the afternoon….this one is very early this year! 😍

  11. It must be true spring now that your garden has finally thawed and given you flowers once again . What a beautiful arrangement! Daffodils bring happiness , and joy permeates this vase . Happy Monday , Eliza 😊

  12. Rita Pichette says:

    That epimedium is a gorgeous little thing! I was not familiar with it. Does it have a cultivar name?

  13. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh, so lovely!

  14. I am always struck by the symmetry of nature 🙂

  15. Love that miniature trumpet daffodil! This arrangement is gorgeous and the quails eggs just make the whole effect sing of spring.

  16. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD says:

    My early blue bulbs are done so I could not add any to my vase this week. But you are I both used Epimediums and Daffs so I know it’s Spring! Love the addition of the eggs.

  17. I really like the addition of the maples – I will have to try that. We have plenty of random trees around the yard which could add a lot of fun to some vases!

  18. Kris P says:

    Eliza, my first reaction upon seeing your beautiful vase was that you and I are operating in two different seasons. My own Narcissus, more late winter than spring bloomers here, are already distant memories. I ADORE than Epimedium and the blue Chionoxdoxa looks as though it glows from within.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It is true, Kris, our climes are nearly opposite. The Chionodoxa’s white eye creates that glow, appearing to radiate out to that lovely blue. I expect you are too hot and dry for Epimedium, they like moist, woodland conditions here. I have a red one, too. Their flower and foliage are both so pleasing.

  19. Widdershins says:

    Heh, heh, heh … all that rampant pollination! 😀

  20. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Wow, it’s amazing the variety of flowers you have just a couple weeks after the Snow has melted! Love the delicate barrenworth

  21. Cathy says:

    Your blooms must have been itching to emerge the moment your snow had gone and Iam glad you are now able to get pleasure from them. Epimedium flowers are gorgeous and not as well known as they should be. The blue of the Chionodoxa is really accentuated by the narcissi and the bright green foliage – lovely 🙂

  22. So lovely, the colours of spring!

  23. Charming is the right word! I never ‘got’ Epimediums til I saw yours. I think you have to be north of DC to grow those, outstanding!

  24. pbmgarden says:

    A lovely vase of spring Eliza. Must look into epimedium. Yours is very attractive.

  25. Val Boyko says:

    You captured the fling … and unexpected so well! Thanks Eliza 💛

  26. Brenda says:

    Don’t you feel like singing all day long? After such a stretch of dreary weather, these past sunny days have been a benison from the daffodil goddesses or some such creatures. Lovely spring flowers, Eliza. I especially appreciate the maple–it’s such a complicated beauty up close and makes our hillsides blush. I love this time of year.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Just about! I go outside, breathe deeply and bless my good fortune to witness such gorgeous weather and smell the sweet scents of spring. I think we appreciate it more because of its long absence.

  27. Beautiful photos!! My friend’s mom just gave me a beautiful Narcissus plant with yellow flowers on Passover but it died already. 😦 I’m not sure why. I had to keep it in the backyard so my cat wouldn’t eat it. Maybe too much sun or rain. I’m going to try to replant it into a bigger pot and see if it grows back. I read a beautiful suggestion before about planting flowers\trees to honor someone who died and would love to dedicate it to my friend, Diane. I don’t know much about planting\replanting so hopefully it works! I love your post! Spring is so beautiful and I’m loving all the blooming flowers and floral fragrances all around! 😀💙

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kim. Narcissus goes dormant, so it’s probably not dead. If you have a place outside to put the bulbs in the ground (4-6″ deep), they may bloom next spring for you.

  28. dorannrule says:

    There is real art in your arrangements Eliza and each one is more beautiful than the last.

  29. Jane Lurie says:

    Your posts are such a pleasure to view and read, Eliza. I am always wondering the names of flowers. 🙂 Artful arrangement and wonderful photos.

  30. Peter/Outlaw says:

    A cheerful flourish of spring’s beauties (sex & reproduction.) All of the blooms are gorgeous but the maple branches really push this arrangement to another level!

  31. Cathy says:

    What a delightful vase, Eliza! I was immediately captured by the chinodoxa and touches of red. Reading further down, I saw you’d made such creative use for your maple flowers. Glad spring is finally with you! Enjoy your week.

  32. Cathy says:

    Wonderful! Your spring Epimedium is very eye-catching, and flowers so early too. Love your pretty jug as well Eliza. It certainly looks like spring has finally arrived in your garden. Enjoy! 🙂

  33. AlisonC says:

    That’s a very pretty jug and is perfect for your spring fling. Everything is charming.

  34. Kathy Sturr says:

    Beautiful Eliza! I’m a flinging!!!

  35. Jet Eliot says:

    A bright and joyful picture of spring, Eliza — I especially like the maple leaves just starting to wake up.

  36. albert says:

    Beautiful! Also instructive. And obviously inspiring (I liked reading all those comments. They made the post all the richer.)

  37. MK says:

    The cup runneth over! Lovely.

  38. What a beautiful arrangement of flowers – you have such a talent for it 🙂

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