In a Vase on Monday: Filling My Bucket In Spring


“To be interested in the changing seasons is…a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”

~George Santayana



Yes I know that I just highlighted the meadow a couple of weeks ago, but oh it has filled in beautifully, and I just had to show you.  With our very cool streak and rainy weather, the spring meadow has continued to bloom and bloom much longer this year.  And what a perfect place to find flowers for a vase.  But with all these flowers, I knew I had to find a big vase!





So what better vase than my antique double flower bucket.  I just found it again in a box in the basement.  I plan to use it when I pick flowers.  What a great bucket it is.





Dames Rocket is showing up in the meadow, so I will cut it or pull it and maybe put it in a vase.  They can take over in my meadow, and I am trying to give the native wildflowers a chance.  I love how the morning light is shining through the wild blue lupines or Lupinus perennis.





Here’s a close up of the bucket and flowers.





I decided not to add any Zizia aurea (Golden Alexanders) to this vase.





I wanted to display the flowers outside in the sun.  But the morning sun was strong so the white ox-eye daisies were hard to photograph.





But zooming in, and moving around, I found the perfect light.  I see one, that I picked outside the meadow, was a hybrid Shasta daisy or Leucanthemum.  You can see the different petals right in the front of the vase.





I brought the vase indoors and found the best spot for it was in front of the fireplace.  These blooms should last a long time.




lupine meadow collage

I love how many happy pollinators were buzzing everywhere in the meadow!





I wanted to leave you with one more view of June in the spring meadow now….I think the sight of the meadow in spring makes me stay hopelessly in love with spring.  But summer is coming soon, and so many more flowers will be showing up to make me happy. 


So are you picking any flowers for a vase lately?



I am joining in with a couple of memes this week as I prepare this vase:  Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her wonderful meme, In a Vase on Monday, and Today’s Flowers hosted by Denise@An English Girl Rambles 2016 



Next up on the blog:  

Next Monday, I will update my garden chores completed, and what is in store for summer.  I will be showing you many of the irises that are still popping up and blooming too.

I am linking in with Michelle for her Nature Notes meme at her blog, Rambling Woods.  It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Monday. 

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76 Replies to “In a Vase on Monday: Filling My Bucket In Spring”

  1. Your meadow is wonderful Donna; don’t apologise for showing us again, I could enjoy it over and over again! I have flower buckets similar to yours but without that useful long handle, maybe I can get one soldered on, what a great idea. The flowers are perfect and how lovely to bring the meadow indoors.

    1. I am pleased you enjoyed the meadow again Christina. The bucket is an antique and I adore that handle too. I bet you could have one soldered on.

  2. Spring flowers are so so welcome, aren’t they? Perhaps they seem so extra special after the lack of color in winter. I don’t know–but I do know your meadow looks like a special place to spend time.

  3. Hello, Donna! I would enjoy seeing your meadow any time. The flowers are all beautiful. I love the purple rockets and the daisies. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  4. LOVE this meadow Donna! I can hear those bees buzzing and the bluebirds singing and … picture story perfect. Love the lupines – something I actually do not have in my garden except one very small that was seed given to me from AK. I hope it grows up big – I should definitely weed around it. I should weed around everything. I have to ask do you “weed” the meadow – from all I’ve read it’s a very delicate balance and grasses can take over? I have a section at the lake I would like to enhance – it has meadow-like qualities.

  5. Oh, I have meadow envy! Did you plant the lupine and daisies or are they naturally occurring? I try planting seeds from the ones I have in the garden, but I think the goldenrod (the monster S. altissima) have succeeded in keeping everything else out.

    1. I planted the meadow Eliza…actually I seeded it and watched it grow slowly especially the lupines. And I have huge goldenrod coming up after the lupines and daisies are finished….lupines take a long time to take hole, grow, flower and spread. Mine took about 10 years.

  6. I love your meadow, Donna. I wish I could get the wild lupine here to establish like that. Your simple composition fits the flowers well.

  7. Just lovely and simple. Oddly enough, we have native Blue Lupines in Florida – though I think yours are more spectacular. That bucket is fabulous.

  8. Your spring meadow is truly glorious Donna! I love seeing wild lupins – they don’t grow near us though so it is a real treat to see yours. Love the ‘vases’!

  9. Your spring meadow is glorious, Donna! I adore lupines – one of my favorite flowers ever. Yours have naturalized beautifully. We do not have wild lupines here; I plant them though, and lots of them (added 25 via seeds this year). I like the look of the ox eye daisies along with the lupine. I have them too. You have a wonderful garden; I would love to see it in person if I ever get out your way. 🙂

    1. Thanks Beth! You are welcome to visit anytime…and good luck with your lupines…I bet they will grow and spread beautifully!

  10. Oh how I adore your meadow.
    It seems it all goes to the good – no invasive weeds, just beauty.

  11. The picture with the faded edges is an absolute joy Donna – but then again so is your meadow. We can get such a subtle thrill from cutting quite ‘ordinary’ blooms like this, knowing that they will give so much pleasure in a vase. Thank you so much for sharing

    1. Yes they do give pleasure Cathy, and I hope to pick more of the blooms growing in the garden now…..bringing in more vases this year.

  12. That flower bucket is amazing Donna – perfect for picking a lovely collection of flowers and how lovely they look left in the bucket like that! Your meadow is so beautiful – very peaceful and calming to look at.

  13. Very nice. I felt like I was there in your meadow – so nicely tended and loved.
    The lupine and daisies are perfect in your antique double flower bucket. (I must admit to being envious of that piece!) Weather damp and cooler here in the Pacific Northwest USA, as well. Happy gardening, Lindy

  14. The meadow is wonderful! The wild lupines and the daisies combine for a dreamy effect; my idealized vision of a meadow! Did you do anything to contribute to the meadow, or did this happen naturally? I also love your choice for the vase!

    1. Oh how nice of you to say so Deb….my ideal too! We cleared and seeded the meadow…and we have maintained it by adding more native plants and seeds as well as keeping lots of invasives out.

  15. ‘My bucket runneth over’ to see all your beautiful lupins and oxe-daisies, Donna! Is the shasta daisy the one with the broader petals? But most of all another view of your glorious meadow. Couldn’t get enough of it. So very well done! Thanks for sharing it again.

  16. Your spring meadow is a picture Donna. I wonder what flowers will follow. Do you do much maintenance in that area or pretty much leave nature to take its course?

    1. Thanks Anna. Usually rudbeckias and heliopsis follow so we shall see as it changes from blue and white to yellow. We don’t need to do much maintenance any more but we did for the first several years. We just have to monitor for certain invasive plants that will take over if we don’t control them.

  17. So jealous of all your Lupines, they are difficult to grow here. The flowers remind me of Baptisia australis. They combine really well with the gleaming white daisies.

  18. The first time i saw lupines i adored it, but was not able to see it up close as weeds in the train rails in Sweden. The colors vary and spikes not very tall, yet i immediately became my favorites. The 2nd time i saw them was in the wilderness during our trail walk in Queenstown, New Zealand. This time we walked among them and found that some are even taller than us. It was an amazing awesome experience, and next time will find them again. Thanks for this post.

  19. My picking bucket is a plain old plastic 5 gal. paint bucket…not nearly as picturesque as your antique number. How satisfying to have the look of the tools match the task.

  20. I am coveting the vintage double vase, that is a find. You of course have used it to great advantage showing those wonderful lupins. Gorgeous.

  21. I love your meadow Donna, it looks so beautiful and it looks like a meadow, so natural looking, I love daisies and can never have too many, your wild blue lupins are wonderful too, Frances

  22. I am always very grateful you share your spectacular photography – and flowers – with Today’s Flowers Donna, thank you so much! Have a great weekend.

  23. You are so lucky having a meadow like this Donna, it’s beautiful and simple and stunning, and I would have loved to come and sit on a low stool at the edge, with the plants towering over me – and just gaze at it all 🙂

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