In a Vase: Colors of Spring

hellebore ivory prince with muscari and henbit for in a vase on monday

Whatever designers of earlier years may have thought of the combination of blue with green with pink, Nature seems to like it immensely.  Not to be outdone, I've put together my own blend of the three for today's In a Vase on Monday  with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

hellebore ivory prince with muscari and henbit for in a vase on monday

First there is Helleborus x 'Ivory Prince', itself a blend of green and pink, ever more colorful as spring grows warmer...

hellebore ivory prince

...then of course there is the bright blue from the Muscari that surprised me by sprouting next to the house.

muscari

Large handfuls of henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) are still available, so I added a good deal to fill in the vase...

hellebore ivory prince with muscari and henbit for in a vase on monday

...along with green from noID stems growing out there in the yard.  I even added a little tuft of lemon thyme (barely visible in the photos above and below).

hellebore ivory prince with muscari and henbit for in a vase on monday

The pot was coiled and beaten, made of my red clay with some extra iron oxide to darken the color a little.

 

Well, not to ignore the obvious, I have finally re-opened my shop here at the Small Sunny Garden!  In fact, I managed to open the shop and do a full website redesign over the weekend.  Frankly I'm not sure it was such a good idea to do it all at once, but I definitely wanted a fresh look here, besides needing to update my 'About' page and the little store, so here we are.  Hope you all will have a look round!

hellebore ivory prince with muscari and henbit for in a vase on monday

Weather Diary: Fair; High: 81 F (27 C)/Low: 52 F (11 C); Humidity: 18%-94%

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Kris P (Monday, 08 April 2019 21:26)

    Based on the background, as well as the flowers, it seems that spring has finally shown up in your backyard. I'm off to check out your shop.

  • #2

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Tuesday, 09 April 2019 13:11)

    Kris - I haven’t seen this much green in years, and the trees still haven’t really leafed out yet!

  • #3

    Diana Studer (Tuesday, 09 April 2019 17:02)

    Coiled and beaten? Sounds painful? Hard work?

  • #4

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Tuesday, 09 April 2019 23:11)

    Diana - It does sound that way! ;-) It requires working to gain the technique, and the process takes longer than throwing on a potter's wheel, but it's not harder work. You might be interested in this video of master potter Tony Soares using the paddle and anvil technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4ZSE1a4Dvw&list=PLypAU2s7nPusm4iM5u9PDqMIwiiCe6A7M&index=12&t=1621s
    There are other ways of doing it as well.

  • #5

    Cathy (Saturday, 13 April 2019 03:53)

    A beautiful vase Amy, and so beautifully photographed too. Love your new shop and About page. Good luck with the business!

  • #6

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Saturday, 13 April 2019 16:00)

    Cathy - Thank you so much - I'm stll very much enjoying this one. I can only wish other flowers would last as well as old hellebores! ;-)

  • #7

    Cathy (Monday, 15 April 2019 02:58)

    What a glorious sky Amy, a great backdrop for your fresh spring flowers. And how hard you have been working at your fresh start well done, I am proud of you!