It didn’t take long to gather material for today’s vase but resisting additional blooms was tough – bluebells in particular had been on the mental list but were rejected to enable the vase to keep a pastel focus. Once picked, all of today’s blooms quickly drooped, obviously wanting to curl up and go back to sleep, but Springtime Bedtime doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Not only this but the tulips were opening faster than I could put the arrangement together and dithering for appropriate props was not helping. Not altogether satisfied, I have just taken pictures of the vase without supporting paraphernalia – the first time I have not felt a at least a slight sense of satisfaction with the result.
The ‘Peach Blossom’ tulips, saved from last year but resulting in relatively tiny blooms, were the starting point, joined by pink Dicentra spectabilis for a ‘swinging’ focus. The wallflowers were the perfect shade of pink to complement them and will add fragrance to the arrangement, whilst summer snowflake Leucojum aestivum brought additional swing and together with the Primula denticulata inject some lightness into the grouping. The one aspect I do feel is inspired in today’s vase is the inclusion of the fresh feathery brown flowers of Luzula sylvatica ‘Marginata’ – a spur of the moment choice, and doesn’t it work well? I hadn’t even noticed it was flowering, it being one of those reliable plants that makes a continuous but subtle impact throughout the year.
It may be that the blooms will perk up a little bit as they get used to their temporary location but meanwhile I feel they are sitting glowering at me and wishing they were back home – let’s hope that anyone else posting a vase today will have more joy and happier blooms! I would love to see what others have found in their own gardens or round about, so please think about joining in too – those of us contributing are finding we look and think about our plants in a different way, finding the meme quite empowering. Just include a link to this post and a link to yours in a comment if you would like us to see what you have put together in a vase this Monday.