In a Vase on Monday: Easter Surprises

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’

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55 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Easter Surprises

  1. jenanita01 says:

    Heavenly selection today, Eliza…

  2. jenanita01 says:

    Ooops, you are Eliza, aren’t you? If not, you have my apologies… having back to back senior moments today…

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  4. I’m off to search Ebay! That is a stunning find – and goes so perfectly ith the blues and greens – I have some pineapples for you today:

  5. Amanda says:

    Happy Easter Cathy! What a lovely vase, great colour! And no yellow in sight!! Unlike mine …. Hasn’t the weather been amazing! So much sunshine, and how perfect for Easter, and all our vases. Hooray! Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      No, I don’t think I would fancy yellow in this red vase, Amanda! Yes very hot and sunny here, and I am so pleased for all those for whom Easter is an extended holiday even though I would (whisper) be more than happy for a good downpour… πŸ˜‰

  6. What a lovely egg vase! I have never seen anything like it and so appropriate for the holiday. I love your bluebells, no matter what variety. The bluebells we have here are limited in quantity and the time they bloom, and there is no prettier color in the garden than blue. Thank you for hosting us again this week Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cindy – and I appreciate the blue because there is relatively little of it available for the garden. The native bluebells are out here too and UK bluebell woods are at their finest

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  8. I like your new egg and the red is a nice change from pastels. Someday I would like to see the Bluebell woods in England. I am guessing the Spanish ones are invasive or crowding out the natives? They are really pretty and must be amazing en masse.I realized I forgot my crystal egg for the Easter vibe in my vase! Oh, well.

  9. Sweet, especially the vintage postcard with the astonished rooster.

  10. ks says:

    Returning this morning after a winter hiatus . Seeing your springy blues is a refreshing sight before heading to work !

  11. Kris P says:

    Nicely done, Cathy. I love the vintage postcard. I hope you enjoyed a pleasant, if warm, Easter. While your temperatures are warmer than usual, ours remain on the cool side (meaning that the near summer-like conditions we’ve been expecting thankfully haven’t materialized yet). Thanks, as always, for hosting. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – yes, the weather certainly made some jobs more pleasurable but also too hot for some Good to know that your temperatures haven’t soared yet!

  12. Oh well done on finding an egg shaped vase in the nick of time Cathy and on decapitating those Spanish impostors. Perhaps the vase is more modern that you might have been on the look out for but it’s most striking. I love the postcard. It’s incredible how everything has just taken off in the last few days! Hope that you have been having fun in the garden. My post is here :

  13. Cathy I love the vintage postcard with the cock with the face saying “What is this?”. Your new red egg-shaped vase is lovely. I love the Spanish bluebells as well as white honesty and other flowers. It is a magnificent vase. I’m glad you have good temperature, so you can enjoy your garden jewel and gardening. Happy Easter Cathy. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Margarita – I am pleased it has been good weather for those usually out at work to enjoy. I have got quite a lot of gardening jobs done too

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  15. Cathy says:

    Your egg vase is amazing Cathy! (I think I need to look at ebay too! πŸ˜‰ ) The bluebells weren’t quite out while I was in the UK last week, but they are still earlier than usual I think. Such a shame we don’t have bluebell woods here. I like the addition of the mint. πŸ™‚ Here is my vase for today:
    Thanks Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      I am surprised the bluebells were not out when you were over, Cathy – were you at your parents? They are certainly out here. Ebay is so good for specific things that you want but also unusual things that you don’t even know are available!

  16. AlisonC says:

    That is a really unusual vase, I’m not sure I’ve seen one like it. I’m sure you’re going to have fun finding things to enhance it. This blue selection is very pretty and spring like. I dug up some Spanish bluebells last year but obviously didn’t do a very good job as they are about to flower again! Struggling here with intermittent internet signal so posting and commenting is more than I can bear on a mobile phone. What a fantastic weekend for gardening though.

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, what a shame about your internet – do you know the reason for it? It can make ‘normal life’ very awkward, can’t it? I hear what you say about the Spanish imposters and really do resolve to have a ggo at getting them up – there is ground elder and a strawberry relative that comes from the same source on the other side of the fence too… 😦 I trust you have been able to blitz lots of gardening tasks in the absence of other distractions online!

      • AlisonC says:

        Not really, an engineer came and fiddled about and it’s better if not resolved. I’ll be on the phone again if not. Time! Yes plenty was done in the gorgeous weather last week and now we’ve had decent amount of rain this week. I don’t have too much in pots waiting to be planted. That’s annoying when the ‘weeds’ come from next door. I hope you get on top of them.

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  18. Sam says:

    Impressive vase find there, Cathy! Hope you’ve had a lovely Easter. Lovely to be joining you this week. Here’s my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sam – just a usual weekend really, and just as busy as usual πŸ˜‰ Good to have you here, whenever you can make it

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  20. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Cathy – belated happy Easter! And you know me, not a huge fan of red, but I absolutely love your little vase – and perfect with your choice of blooms. Here’s mine, I’m afraid not mine, but hopefully you’ll forgive me!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jen – although I wouldn’t call it little and in fact got a bit of a shock when I unwrapped it and saw it for real. It’s about 9″ between ‘pointed’ ends and 5″ in the other direction, so quite chunky, I don’t know how often I will use it but it’s a nice piece in its own right and may even not be consigned to my ‘vase cupboard’!

  21. Heyjude says:

    What a cracking vase Cathy and a lovely vintage postcard too. The bluebells are in full force here now, though still too early I fear. Must get over to a bluebell wood or two for a wander. We’ve just had a shower although I had to water the garden today, especially the pots. I can cope with rain at night if it is sunny during the day, but I think our short burst of summer may have peaked already.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, the showers are on the way – that’s good news! I watered much of the garden yesterday too – I put so many new plants in in the autumn and I don’t want to lose them. The bluebells are certainly earlier here too, and rhododendrons – and my wisteria (in bud and won’t be open for a few weeks but it is usually the end of May)!

      • Heyjude says:

        I have used the nematodes this year to see if they work with reducing the amount of slugs here and I need to keep the ground wet for a couple of weeks. Usually not a problem!

  22. pbmgarden says:

    Amazing how the blues are able to stand up to the strong red color of the egg. Great look! Thanks for hosting Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, apart from white and hot colours I wasn’t sure what would ‘go’ and I had neither of those at the moment, but thankfully the blue does look OK

  23. Island Time says:

    Lovely bouquet in a lovely vase. Happy Easter and happy Earth Day too! Here is my contribution for the first time, thanks in advance for hosting this meme! I hope this is the correct way to do this part!

  24. tonytomeo says:

    Is white honesty common? I had never seen it before but others have shared pictures of it online.

    • Cathy says:

      Not as common as purple flowered varieties

      • tonytomeo says:

        On a few occasions, I collected seed from the uncommon white perennial pea, but the seedlings that grew from them bloom just as bright pink as the rest of them. I think that if I notice some white honesty, I would make a point of collecting the seed of it as well, and keeping it separate, just to see how the babies bloom.

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