the rites of spring…in a vase

This heavy cast glass vase is thin when viewed from the side. Viewed head-on, it is broader, making it a good choice for holding stems in place. I neglected to photograph it from that angle so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

The Rhododendron ‘Ilia Cerise’ and its bold foliage dominate here, with a color echo from the Ribes and the light touch of a few stems of Narcissus ‘Thalia’.

If we zoom in, we can appreciate a stem of bleeding heart and one of Brunnera.

I have to point the camera right at the delicate Epimedium blooms to see them in a photo. Our eyes are much better at picking up these details in real life. Every Monday, you can check out vase art from around the blogosphere by visiting Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. I wouldn’t miss it, even when I fail to join in the fun.

14 thoughts on “the rites of spring…in a vase

  1. It’s a lovely vase containing lovely contents (most of which, of course I can’t grow). I’m currently fixated on Epimediums, not that I have a chance in hell of growing them here.

  2. You’re so right about the camera versus our eyes!!! I love Epimediums, just wish I could grow them, it is too hot for them here I think and I’ve never seen them for sale.

  3. Lovely Ricki! Reds & whites, light and dark, heavy next to graceful, bold leaf next to fine—contrasts that make each other stand out. Something particularly fetching about that Thalia with Bleeding Heart. But all of it, really.

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