Sshhh... Don't tell anyone I picked weeds for today's vase! Let's refer to them as wildflowers, shall we? At least there are a few fresh blooms in it!
The snow has melted (again), the sun is shining, a few tufts of grass are showing some green, and the breezes have been downright luscious. I have seen a robin and heard cardinals and a killdeer, so spring is surely flying cautiously in on those breezes.
However, the trees are still quite bare, and the predominant color is definitely brown. I wasn't at all sure I could find anything fresh for today's vase, but twigs and such seemed a little ho-hum with the warmth and sunshine. So I checked the narrow strip of ground right up next to the front of the house and found these minuscule magenta blooms, some on longish - relatively speaking, of course - stems. I don't recall seeing these plants before. They are clearly weedy but rather welcome at the moment! Small as they are, the flowers are quite extravagantly splotched with darker magenta spots ringed with white.
And then my sister mentioned another patch of wildlings out by the shed, where I found the tiniest of blue flowers huddled in among mats of green foliage.
As everything was so low-growing, I got out this small, low stoneware container (one I threw on the potter's wheel quite a few years ago), filled it with water, and laid the mat of blue-flowered stems and leaves atop the water. Then I tucked in the longer-stemmed magenta flowers.
Clearly I need to start planting the garden!
But this is a start - a little last bit of winter, first of spring. Do go check the many other spring vases at Rambling in the Garden!
Weather Diary: Fair; High: 55 F (13 C)/Low: 36 F (2 C); Humidity: 44%-71%
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Cathy (Tuesday, 12 March 2019 06:59)
Hi Amy, good to see you have some wild flowers nearby. ;-) We have something similar to that blue flower that creeps through our lawn and I have never properly identified it. I am not sure, but it may be what people call Creeping Charlie...?
Have a good week Amy!
Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Tuesday, 12 March 2019 09:56)
Cathy - Creeping Charlie would certainly be a good name for it! I’m afraid there are a good many wildflowers in our lawn ;-) Both of these look the rampant, take over the world types! But they are a touch of springtime...
Hope you have a lovely week too!
danger garden (Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:37)
That's lovely! The low bowl is just perfect for small growers like that, weeds or not.
Diana Studer (Tuesday, 12 March 2019 16:14)
A little bit of forget me not ish.
janicce (Tuesday, 12 March 2019 16:47)
Kris P (Tuesday, 12 March 2019 22:57)
Who gets to define what's a weed anyway? I glad you're seeing something of a warm-up and I hope more flowers are on the way.
Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Wednesday, 13 March 2019 11:00)
DG - Thank you Loree! I think perhaps I should revisit this shape of dish; it would be good for a variety of foliage arrangements.
Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Wednesday, 13 March 2019 11:17)
Diana - Yes, they are, only much smaller and with a wide, lobed leaf.
Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Wednesday, 13 March 2019 11:18)
Janice - Muito obrigada!
Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Wednesday, 13 March 2019 11:28)
Kris - We now are getting rain instead of snow, so that is a big step forward into spring. ;-) And I’m getting ready to start digging my first planting area...
Cathy (Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:01)
I can see why you would be thrilled to find these little wild flowers, and your shapely low vase is just right for them. Good to hear you are getting ready to start digging you first planting area - this will be such an exciting tme for you :)
Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Saturday, 16 March 2019 19:50)
Cathy - Yes, it’s always wonderful to see the first few things poking up after the dormant season. It’s just a different time of year in this garden! ;-) Of course, I do so wish I could have gotten here in time to plant snowdrops last autumn...