Monday, March 4, 2024

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, My Flower Filled Basket ~Monday Morning Blooms

Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms!
When my friends invited me to join the March edition of 
Monday Morning Blooms with an Easter theme, 
I immediately responded, "Yes, absolutely!"
Easter arrives early this year, just weeks away, 
so their thoughtful invite prompted me 
to quickly "spring" into action.

I'm always thrilled and honored to
join my talented, flower loving friends,
Mary, Pam, and Lidy.

Thank you, friends, for inviting me to be a guest
this month as we "march" toward Easter.

If you caught my recent Tales of the Traveling Tote edition,
you might have noticed that spring in Austin is 
bursting forth with a symphony of color.
You can read the post here.

After a drab winter it makes my heart sing to see all the trees 
with delicate blooms budding out on the bare branches.  
I often snip a few branches and bring them inside.
Easter falls on March 31st this year, 
a short 27 days away.

This post is all about inspiring you to use fresh spring flowers and perhaps a few bunnies and eggs to celebrate the upcoming holiday.

I filled a favorite vase with 
flowering branches for the buffet. 

Needlepoint stitched over the years also settled 
in on the buffet as a nod to Easter.

This little guy is one of my favorites.

Flip him around and you get the 
backside with his cottontail.

Peter Rabbit is an impressive 15" tall.  

A trip to Austin Flower Co. yielded several bouquets of exquisite ranunculus sourced from Winkelmann Flowers
a small flower farm outside of Austin. 
A-Tisket, A-Tasket, I filled my basket!

Ranunculus are also known as Buttercups
and they certainly look like soft, silky butter.
These spring bulbs bloom for four to six weeks,
and as cut flowers will often stay fresh for two weeks.

I was taken with the soft pastel colors, the bright fuchsia, 
and the curly edged pink and green blooms. 

I never did discover the actual name of this variety, but this bi-color stunner immediately caught my attention.  Notice the way the pink mingles with the pale green that radiates out from the center.

I added in a few simple stems of both white and pink Wax 
Flowers for added texture with a touch of faux Lilly of the Valley
 to hide the vase within, but basically this basket is chock
full of the exquisite, Ranunculus blooms.

I recently added this scalloped edge wicker tray to my 
tabletop stash specifically to use on the center of our table.
It's the ideal base for a centerpiece 
vignette with an Easter theme.

The eggs were handprinted by a friend in the 1980s.
She sold them at local shops, and I would add 
an egg or two to my collection each year.  

I used vintage MacKenzie-Childs dishes to set 
a table for two, all a little frilly and girly.
The delicate floral details on this set are a perfect nob for
Monday Morning Blooms.

 According to the MacKenzie-Childs catalog listing, 
"Chelsea Luster harkens back to Victorian England.
The lusterware technique uses copper lustre, a semi-precious metal that becomes indecent with age.  Timeless beauty." 

The lusterware floral ceramic napkin rings add 
the perfect finishing touch to ring the ruffled edge 
napkins from Arte Italica Crown Linen Designs.

I have a set of eight of the napkin rings, and each features delicate floral bouquets all the way around, each ring with different flowers.
They make a beautiful finishing touch to most any place setting.

I added my ruffled velvet placemats stacked with mother-of-pearl scalloped mats for added texture to soften the look of the bare table.
My favorite vintage mother of pearl and silver flatware is yet 
another nod to the frilly, girly ambiance of the dish stack.

With a spring floral theme, I thought it fitting 
to use these vintage Anchor Hocking green stems.

I recently added the Adoring Amaryllis Bauble Stocking to my collection so I wanted to feature these two pink minis at this table.
I tied my Bauble Stockings with some MacKenzie-Childs 
Courtly Check ribbon, added a few blooms, and hung them 
on the back of the chairs for an added festive touch.

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, a flower filled basket!

Embrace the wonderful spring blooms available to you, 
bring them into your home, and let your heart listen to 
the symphony of the tapestry of their beautiful colors.

Enjoy your visits with my flower friends below.
Be inspired with their beautiful flower filled posts.

Lidy @ French Garden House