Inspired by the Educational tables put together at plant sales by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and other organizations at some plant sales and this little collection of tiny bottles, I set out to clip smallish flowers. The smallest bottle, second from the left, was unearthed while digging a bed in my garden.
Spring comes early here (these are considered winter blooming plants but when things begin blooming again it's spring in my mind.)
Skimmia maponica and a little spring of Ribes sanguineum. Viburnum × bodnantense ‘dawn’, Daphne odora
Cyclamen coum and Sweet Violets.
Stachyurus praecox, Hyacinth, 'Tete a tete' daffodil, Pernettya mucronata berries, Ribes sanguineum.
Scilla siberica (Blue Squill,) Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)
Primula vulgaris and a Hellebore.
Crocus, Primrose, Daphne.
Dark red Camellia.
Now to throw them all together.
Throw in a bird or two and a purple background (It's lent and all.)
Do you remember those tiny perfume bottle samples? Maybe they still make them but it's been years since I lived with sisters or a mother. I remember smelling these miniscule vials of olfactory delight (Avon perhaps?) and thinking that spring or summer actually must smell like that somewhere. (I wasn't a particularly bright child - explains a lot, doesn't it?) Anyway, here are my little sample bottles of spring. If you live in a part of the country that is still experiencing winter, all you have to do is place your order now and spring will arrive at your door soon.
In A Vase on Monday is hosted each week by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click on over there and check out what people all over are putting in vases (or other receptacles) this Monday.
Let's shorten that Stachyurus branch and throw in some pussy willows.
Happy Leap Year!