Monday, March 26, 2012

flowers in (and out of) the house

Last week was gloriously warm in New England. Birds and buds awoke and I started spring cleanup.

Of course I was thinking ahead to Jane's Flowers in the House and by Friday the only flowers blooming were purple crocuses. So I hastened to the supermarket for backup daffodils and purple tulips.





Also primroses and pansies for the plant stand on my deck that I hope to have dripping with flowers soon.

Last night we had a stern frost, and the crocuses froze, though my neighbor's forsythias look good.

Then I noticed this, which I think is a mountain laurel. (flower people?) Sort of wild and modest. Not something I think about for flowers. edited to add: Thanks to Jane and the Hattatts I now know this is a Pieris Japonica.

It has clusters of small, delicate bell flowers. So very pretty. I'm a little bit in love with them.

Be sure and check out more Flowers in the House. They will make you happy.

Jen

22 comments:

  1. V. satisfying post Shelley and I'm pretty sure that is Peris Japonica.

    It is as lovely in a vase as it is on a shrub.

    That is one sweet plant stand. And I love those pitchers, especially the black one.

    The cold is on its way here as we speak. bye bye lilac? Hope not.

    xo jane

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    1. Thanks, Jane. I knew Mountain Laurel wasn't right!
      I would be very sad if your lilac doesn't survive the cold.

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  2. it's nice and warm here, too, but not many flowers are out yet... I hope that'll change soon :)

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    1. Petra--flowers do have a way of appearing the minute you turn your back!

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  3. that last one is gorgeous.
    our wild crocuses are shrivelling with the sun!

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    1. Monica--I am enchanted with them myself. Sun...cold...rain...it's always something.

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  4. I really love those white flowers,they look really pretty in the green vase.Glad its warming up a bit for you over there.We have had wonderful spring sunshine for a few days and it is set to last until the weekend.

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  5. Hello Jen:
    Your Pieris is absolutely wonderful, dripping with white bells, it must be very happy where it is growing to give such a fabulous display.

    The plant stand would definitely be on our list of things to steal from your house. It is such an interesting shape and a marvellous colour. We are sure that it will look amazing when festooned with flowers later in the season.

    It is always rather depressing to see flowers frosted when just coming into bloom. We hope that no lasting damage has been caused and that the days will warm up a little from now on.

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    1. Jane and Lance--It is a beauty, and I am mystified as to why it is blooming now, but my other flowering trees and shrubs aren't, and as to why I've never paid attention to it before.

      The plant stand was an auction find, and I am excited about dressing it up!

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  6. Jen,
    all your flowers are so lovely and fresh! They just brighten everything up add a "happy" factor! Love the little duck on the tiered table on the deck, just adds a bit of whimsy!
    Thanks for your sweet words! I so enjoy visiting you and am always happy to see that you've stopped by!
    Rebecca

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    1. Rebecca--Of course you would spot the duck. You and I share a love of the whimsical!

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  7. I love that plant stand!!!! Can't wait to see it adrip with flowers!

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  8. Also called Andromeda. I love them in Bride's Bouquets!!!

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  9. I also love the plant stand and can see it full of beautiful flowers quite soon now. We're in the 80's this week and the humidity is actually not bad yet. Great days for walking and gardening. Now, I just need to get a garden. :)

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  10. Love any little flower like Pieris that hangs like a bell. (they are related to blueberries) Hope you fill the plant stand and have a great spring.

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  11. Don't you just love Spring? I'm about to trim some Dogwood blooms for my home. My white Iris isn't ready yet, but soooo close!

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  12. I love your plant stand! And the purple tulips are awesome.

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  13. Oh Jen! I am in lvoe with them too!
    and I look forward to the time my floewrs will bloom again...
    already some wild ones are appearing : )

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  14. Beautiful! The bell flowers stole my heart!

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  15. There asre anot of the sort of bell flowers in Nara Park where is not so far from my house. They are blooming now and welcome visitors. I'm very happy to find them in your vase.

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