In a Vase on Monday: Spring Medley

Today’s vase is filled with a medley of some of spring’s finest blooms and foliage: Tulip ‘Purple Flag’, Narcissus ‘Bridal Crown’, faded Hellebore ‘Harvington Double Lime’, Leucojum ‘Gravetye Giant’, cowslip, bluebell, anonymous wallflower and appleblossom, with fresh new foliage of epimedium and Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’. I was delighted to find, when writing this post yesterday evening, that the wallflower did indeed have a delightful fragrance, not previously evident.

As is often the case, a photograph from above gives a more complete picture of the contents. Curiously, when I first saw this photo it gave the impression of a two-dimensional cut-out, like a Victorian paper ‘scrap’!

Accompanying the vase is a square of fabric similarly highlighting spring blooms, a Sanderson’s pattern called ‘Salad Days’. In the early ’90s I was fortunate in winning second prize in a Good Housekeeping competition, my choice of £3000 of Sanderson’s products (fabric, wallpaper, curtains,  carpets, etc) – quite a difficult choice to make as £3000 went a very long way back then, even from a company of this calibre! This fabric and a matching wallpaper with a red background were used in the dining room of my previous marital home (where the majority of the money was spent), but half a roll of the fabric and other residual things did make it here. I have always been very much one for wallpaper and am still exceedingly fond of small flowery patterns (think 1970s Laura Ashley), very hard to find these days except from eyewateringly expensive ranges.

After a lean winter for many gardeners, finding material for vases will be getting easier  and perhaps you will choose to seek something from your garden to pick and pop in a vase or jamjar this week to join us for IAVOM. In that case, please leave links to and from this post so that we can share in what you have found.

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20 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Spring Medley

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  2. Cathy says:

    The best of spring flowers Cathy! They all look so lovely together. I hope I will also have some Snowflakes come up this year. I used to adore Laura Ashley, but like you say, small floral patterns seem to have gone out of fashion. I do like that cloth you have used! Here is my vase for today, a stark contrast to yours… calling for sunglasses perhaps! 😉

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – the vase looks a little unbalanced now as the tulip stems have grown! I would hope that small patterns might come back into fashion again, not that I am in a rush to decorate!

  3. pbmgarden says:

    Your medley is beautifully chosen and arranged. The colors work great together and that shot from overhead does indeed provide an excellent viewpoint. Nice wallpaper.

  4. Noelle M says:

    Wow, what a prize, and yes Sanderson Wallpapers are excellent, I remember having several rooms papered with them. After all the plain painted rooms, surely it is time for a revival. Your spring bouquet would inspire any artist. Here is my IAVOM with spring beauties:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, not just the patterns but wallpaper itself seems to be out of fashion – and colour too! No whites or magnolias in our house!!

  5. A lovely mixture in a simple white container. Perfect for spring. You made me realize I must try some Wallflowers next winter. And I love the Epimedium and Arum foliage with the flowers. How did you win the prize? Here is my vase..

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks – I forgot to mention the jug. which is painted metal and probably came from IKEA. In those days the competition probably involved putting something in order and writing a slogan, unlike these days where to be ‘fair’ to everyone they tend to be very simple factual questions or just a plain draw.

  6. the running wave says:

    What a scrumptious collection Cathy! So many favourites in there and together they just shout ‘Spring’ at the top of their ‘voices’! Really lovely, and the fabric is so pretty too. I loved Laura Ashley materials back in her heyday. It was always a pleasure to visit the shops but nowadays they are a mishmash of the Laura Ashley products all mixed up together and virtually nothing appeals! Anyway, your vase is delightful and makes me feel even more remiss in not producing something for today. I could have found a single flower from my collection of pots as they sit strewn across what will be our new garden, but I didn’t even manage that. Just unpacked some of my vases this afternoon! Next week though ….. :o) Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amanda, that was the idea. Having both a vase and something to put in it will be a small triumph for you, when it finally happens!!

  7. Kris P says:

    I was immediately struck by how perfect the pairing of your vase and that fabric is, Cathy. Wallflowers are surprisingly difficult to find here (and they’re not long-lived) but I should look into where I can get seeds. I am of course envious of the tulips. The bulbs I received in error from a mail order supplier and placed in the refrigerator for 3 months to simulate winter appear to be stuck in suspended animation with foliage just a few inches tall and no buds whatsoever. Not surprising but disappointing nevertheless. Thanks for hosting and here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris. You can still quite easily buy bundles of bare rooted (but very ordinary) wallflowers in the UK as well as plug plants, but there are a lot of varieties available to grow from seed too. They tend to be fairly short lived here too, going woody. People talk about the fragrance, so I was pleased to actually be able to smell it yesterday (although not now)

  8. Cathy your jewels from the garden in that white jug look divine. I love all the flowers and foliage: tulips, daffodils, hellebore, leucojun, primrose, bluebell, wallflower, apple blossom, epimedium and arum, I adore them. It is a magnificent vase, very special, wonderful, divine: I love it. I love the company of the vase, that beautiful Laura Ashley fabric: I adore Laura Ashley’s floral fabrics, and yours is a treasure. Take care of yourself and the golfer, Cathy. Happy gardening. Have a great week. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  9. Anna says:

    Oh what glorious pickings in your vase today Cathy. Beautiful epimedium foliage and I’m so glad that you could pick up the scent of your wallflower today. All beautifully enhanced by that scrap of fabric from your great competition prize. Fond memories of my long Laura Ashley dress bought in York in 72/73 which was a party stalwart for a few years. Sorry but no vase from me today as we have been garden visiting and then another greenhouse shuffle occupied me on our return home.

    • Cathy says:

      Ooh – garden visiting! have the new NGS book and must mark some dates on the calendar – so long since we have done any! The wallflower took me by surprise several times over the week. Do you have photos of you in your dress? Was it a maxi?

  10. tonytomeo says:

    I had to look up Epimedium. I could not remember what it is. I should have figured it out by eliminating everything else. Apple blossom is nice. All our flowering cherries finished a while ago, and there are no flowering crabapples here. The fruiting apple does not bloom much, and I would not take any of the bloom since it makes so few apples. I miss the fruit trees.

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