Spring isn't just pastel - you can play up the more intense colors of the season by gathering them together into a bouquet. In the garden they tend to get watered down by all the pale sweetness of springtime.
Two flame-colored tulips in a slim, matte-black vase is about as simple as you can get. Out in the garden, these tulips were just two of many...indoors they become as precious as the exotic butterflies they resemble when set off by the inky black of the vase.
I picked these violet lunaria flowers out in the alley where they grow like weeds. Few flowers are less precious, but a bunch in a vase look strikingly irridescent despite their weedy qualities. The teapot color matches the bronze tones of the bouquet. Spent hellebores (which last much longer cut than when they're first blooming), 'Magic Carpet' spirea, and orange tulips, along with a few sprigs of the lunaria, create a rich mix of shades and textures.
Out with the pussywillows I'd enjoyed in this vase since early-February, and in with branches of old-fashioned Japanese flowering quince (Chaenomeles Japonica). These gawky, thorny, awkward shrubs have such exquisitely beautiful flowers , they're at their best cut and brought indoors (or painted on a Japanese or Chinese screen, a popular Asian motif for centuries). I've always loved the old-fashioned coral quince blossoms the best, and gleaned these boughs out in the alley today too - it pays to take your long handled clippers along on your morning walk...