April 7th, 2012

The first flowers of spring are my favourites — peonies, lily of the valley, lilacs — and they all grow in my city backyard. Of course just the sight of them is part of the appeal, we need to see some flowers after this long, grey winter. But there is something about the first flowers in terms of colour. I had been told ages ago by a garden writer that nature knows what she is doing and the softer whites, pinks, purples show first in spring to get our eyes used to colour. Oranges, yellows and hotter colours show later in the summer when we are accustomed to colour again. Sounds possible. But I also know that those soft colours look really good in banged up vintage vessels. Maybe the point about pale spring colour provides a similar argument for using vintage pieces, as they are often lacking colour themselves. Whether found with faded and chippy painted exteriors, or made from soft greyed and weather wood, pale green glass, banged and tarnished metal, subtle pale pieces don’t fight with the flowers but enhance them. To me, nothing looks as good as spring blousy blooms in vintage vases.

 Image 1 and 2 not sourced

Image 3 not sourced

Image 4 via ZsaZsaBellagio

Image 5 not sourced

Image 6 via Dreamy Whites

Image 7 via Martha Stewart

Image 8 via Brabourne Farm

Image 9 via hom-e

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