I don’t know if you have had any surprises this Easter weekend although none would be as surprising as having rabbits, kittens or puppies hatching out of eggs, as this cockerel* discovered to his horror! Here, the weather has been a surprise as it has turned out even hotter than forecast, with temperatures into the mid 20s, eliciting all sorts of summer activities like barbecues, short shorts, grass cutting and, for some of us, lots of gardening. The garden is full of surprises too, with fresh new growth on dormant perennials and buds about to burst on rhododendrons, aquilegia, dicentra and alliums.
I suppose the egg vase is a surprise too, coming after my statement last week, but eBay was willing and gave me the opportunity to snap up this 1960s art glass egg vase, not the sort of egg vase I originally had in mind, but a very nice piece nonetheless – very heavy, with a textured exterior contrasting with the floral motifs. Interestingly, it looks even better with blooms in it as the opening is concealed, making it look even more egg-shaped.
The bold red colour of the vase limits the choice of blooms somewhat, but on impulse I cut several stems of Spanish bluebells (shock horror!) that have sneaked in from a neighbour’s garden and I keep meaning to dig out – they are well away from my the native bluebells in the woodland but busy bees in the garden could easily flit between the two. They were joined by the forget-me-not style flowers of Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ and white honesty (Lunaria annua var. albiflora) blooms, with the soft tactile foliage of applemint added on impulse and bringing an immediate fresh and zingy fragrance to the posy.
I am sure we will see some more Easter themed vases today, but whatever the contents we will be delighted to see what your garden has to offer this week. If you haven’t got a vase, a jamjar will do, and if you haven’t got a garden then forage in your locality or use your imagination. New contributors are always made welcome, so take the plunge and leave links to and from this post so we can share in the pleasure your vase gives you.
* 1920s postcard, given to ‘Linda with love from Grandpa Easter 1923’