Spring posy on a bookshelf



It always takes a while for my garden to give enough spring flowers for picking, and when it does I proceed as jealously as a chess-player with half his pieces gone. When I approach a clump of flowers, I look carefully from different angles to see which flower I’d miss the least. Thankfully, after they’re picked, I never spot the gaps where the flowers used to be.


Today’s gingerly picked bunch contains purple honesty, Primula denticulata, Muscari both blue and white, Narcissi ‘Cheerfulness’ (or are they ‘Winston Churchill’? I have both and they are almost identical), Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’, Tulipa ‘Tres Chic’, a dash of aubretia, and some Lysimachia purpurea foliage, which I was happy to cut back as it was bothering one of the roses.


The jug was hand-painted by moi on a hen-night about a hundred years ago and you will not believe me when I declare that we had not started drinking by that point.

In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Do visit her page and check out the other lovely vases created by Cathy and lots of other garden bloggers.


22 thoughts on “Spring posy on a bookshelf

  1. Love your little jug. It certainly looks as though it was intended to look the way it does.
    Interesting collection of books.
    Delightful fresh posy. Your brunnera is early, mine shows no sign of flowering. I’ve never thought of cutting it.

      1. Not at all. I have a picture of it taken 15 May last year, when it was almost over.
        Strange are the ways of plants.

  2. Lovely arrangement Joanna – a real breath of spring. The vase is so sweet – hard to imagine it was painted on a hen night! I like the way you’ve photographed them as well.

  3. I used to feel just like you about picking flowers from the garden which is why I started my cut flower beds; I love your spring flowers, a lovely mix and I admire the vase too.

    1. I was thinking about a cut flower bed, but I am not sure I have room. Last year I grew annuals for cutting in amongst the perennials and that worked well. Those are still seedlings though. I won’t have flowers from them until July, I think.

  4. I feel the same., I am always worried about picking flowers from the garden and in my heart can’ t lose the feeling that it is a kind of vandalism. Still, it is lovely to have them in the house. Your arrangement is lovely so pretty and fresh. I am very impressed by your pretty vase too. I love the way you display it on your bookcase. I always enjoy looking at peoples’ books. I wish all my blogging friends would show their bookcases.

  5. I know what you mean about the selective picking – but as the number of vases increases I have become less selective as I know the vase will bring me just as much pleasure! You have chosen such sweet blooms for your hen party vase – I wouldn’t be able to paint straight lines either, unlike the Golfer who trained as a draughtsman and can draw a perfect straight line just by lining up his fingers!

  6. That’s a pretty collection of spring flowers in a most attractive vase. I think that the squiggly lines adds to its charm. I dither about snipping flowers too Joanna – it sometimes feels like sacrilege 🙂

  7. I know just how you feel… When I started joining in with this Monday Vase meme I also found it so hard to cut anything at all, certain I would be robbing the garden. But now I am quite scissor-happy, as it is so nice to have flowers indoors every week! I love this little spring posy, and your photos are beautiful Joanna. 🙂

    1. Thank you Cathy. I am getting used to the snipping too, and by the end of the summer I am quite snip-happy. It’s those first spring flowers that make me hesitate though. They are just so tremulously fresh it seems like a crime!

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