One of my Persian teachers came for tea and waffles on Saturday, and brought me a beautiful spring bouquet left over from a function the day before. Made up primarily of hyacinths, it has been perfuming the whole dining room ever since.
Lovely colors, lovely smell
A recent trip to Trader Joe's to buy groceries also had me coming back with a bunch of long pussy willow branches, quite cheap at $2.99. After a few days in a big vase in the sun room, the silky, silvery catkins are beginning to dust over with golden yellow pollen.
Willow catkins - they actually have a faint fragrance
Finally, in a simple glass vase on the dining table, there is currently a single branch of my cane begonia which I cut off after it became top-heavy and began leaning into and smothering neighboring plants.
A branch of cane or angel wing begonia - it holds up very well in the vase
While not as glamorous as the hyacinths and tulips or even as elegant as the willows, I still think it is certain sculptural beauty, and there is something nice about making use of home-grown plant material.