this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet is quite simple.  All but the pure white daffodils remain, and they are fragile from a full day of beating rain.

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The tulips have all but a few, been eaten by the deer.  So that left only the Virginia Bluebells for picking.  I’ve never used them in a bouquet before, but since they flourished so abundantly this year, I could bare to cut a few.  I love the softness they bring to the bouquet.

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A few grape hyacinths and variegated hosta leaves round out the bouquet.

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I think the thing I love about arranging bouquets is that it forces me to slow down and enjoy my flowers individually.  Not just the colorful display they make outside, but by cutting and arranging, they make new lovely combinations and companions.  By photographing them, I come to know them up close and personal, experiencing the intricate beauty and detail, that isn’t noticed by just walking by.

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Because the daffodils had passed their peak, and the bluebells are fragile wild flowers, I kept this bouquet on the screened porch where they could enjoy the coolness.  Bringing them inside to a warmer house would have hastened their demise.

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This bouquet has the essence of purity about it . . . perfect for an Easter weekend, when we joyfully celebrate the triumph of our risen Lord over sin and death.

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Please join us over at Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday

10 thoughts on “this week’s bouquet

  1. Thank you Ali! They are native to the US and Canada. We don’t have the type of bluebells that you have in the spring, so this is probably the North American version. I’ve heard there is a Mountain version out west, but I’ve never seen them.

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  2. I had to Google Virginia cowslip – the flowers look a bit like comfrey flowers but I guess the plant is nothing like that. As you say, it is such a pure and sweet little offerering, so thank you for sharing it with us

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    1. Virginia bluebells and comfrey are in the same family, as is borage. I too, think the flowers are similar. The biggest difference is in the leaves. The bluebells are a brighter green and more delicate as new foliage is, while comfrey is more tough and hairy. But the flowers resemble each other very much.

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    1. Do you have a type of bluebell that grows in California? I have heard there is a mountain variety that grows prolifically in the Rockies. They are the sweetest wild flower that last such a short time, and then disappear underground until next spring.

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