Being as honest as the day is long, I will immediately come clean and say that this vase was prepared on FRIDAY and the tulips given to a friend on Saturday accompanied by prunings of a red-stemmed cornus. This was due to a busy weekend and not being at home on Monday. I may well be late responding to comments or seeing your vases because of this, but I shall do my best.
I have enjoyed Christina’s predominately tulip filled vases for a number of weeks and can see how easily my own vases could go the same way, as each day reveals new buds opening on my own tulips – but only on those planted in pots in previous seasons and not yet on any of last autumn’s plantings. Today’s tulips were in a mixed collection of named ‘pink tulips’ from Aldi a few years ago and from the illustration I think they must be ‘van Eijk’. They were placed simply, as the title implies, in a pretty red glass vase with no embellishment other than 5 red jasper crystals. The vase was snapped up from a car boot sale and has no markings to identify its source but is weighty and shouts ‘quality’. Jasper is believed to aid protection and grounding and bring courage and determination, with red jasper also encouraging insights and helping resolve unjust situations.
You may well be busy too, but even popping a few stems of tulips or narcissi or hedgerow twigs breaking into leaf into a jar or vase can be quickly done and put a smile on your face and bring you pleasure for several days, so do give it a go, especially if you have not joined us before. It can also bring pleasure to others if you share it with us by leaving links to and from this post. Enjoy your Monday, everybody! 🙂