I think this vase is a lizard...or maybe it's a frog...but I love how it's patterning plays off spring flowers, keeping down the sweetness factor inherent in a bunch of April flowers.
It's so easy to make a pastel bouquet this time of year - lavenders, baby pinks and blues combine with fresh greens and look, well, pretty...but also perhaps a little insipid next to spring's hotter colors. And on gray days we need the heat, don't we?
In this little bunch of flowers, picked this morning and plunked into a Mexican vase, intense purples and chrome yellows combine with orange to crank up the heat...(well, when doesn't orange look good in any bouquet?).
The lively yellow is kale gone to flower...the airy orange flowers are Epimedium x warleyense 'Orange Queen', and I wish I could remember which orange tulips these are, because they're proving to be perennial. Chartreuse euphorbia mediates between extremes of color. The deep purple of the pasqueflower (looks like an anemone with its yellow anthers) is echoed in the little purple flowers of Lunaria annua that I gathered in the alley.
Maybe I'd best not admit that, as I got a comment, no, a rant, on the amazon page for "Petal & Twig", accusing me of being a terrible person and anti-environmentalist for writing about the joys of picking a few flowers along the roadside or alley....well, that's where I found the lunaria, and believe me there's plenty of it spreading around out there....I haven't depleted the population.
Here's a close up....