the first bouquet of the year

by Sharon Santoni

Although I’ve been bringing snowdrops and daffodils in from the garden over the past few weeks, today is the first time I took my secateurs outside to see if I could pull together my first bouquet of the year.

I had bought a bunch of rather timid tulips from the grocery store this morning, and was looking for something to keep them company.

Hellebores were an easy match. They are growing tall, and their subtle palette of red, green, cream and pink are unique in the flowers we grow here. I added a few paperwhites that are currently flowering and just a couple of creamy daffodils. For greenery I snapped some trailing ivy, a little elder and some wild arum that pops up here uninvited.

To create the bouquet, I used my new medici vase by Alix Reynis, and I just love the size and height. Medici vase shapes are wonderful, because they raise the arrangement higher than it would normally stand, to great effect.

As always, I cannot stress enough how easy it is to put together this kind of arrangement, and how pleasing it feels to use home grown blooms and foliage.

So for those of you who are still surrounded by snow, or who don’t have any buds showing yet, take hope! Spring is definitely just around the corner!


Lorrie Orr March 23, 2022 - 6:47 pm

It’s lovely, Sharon. I’ve been eyeing my garden and thinking of making a bouquet from what’s blooming, too. Unlike you, I’ve not gone out and done it yet!

Marilyn Vaillant March 23, 2022 - 10:36 pm

Absolutely beautiful!

Katrina Dunn March 23, 2022 - 10:58 pm

Absolutely stunning bouquet!

Jeannine March 23, 2022 - 11:08 pm

Your beautiful bouquet gives me hope! It is still cold here and no sign of tulips and daffodils peaking out of the ground yet. Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures!

Vicky from Athens March 23, 2022 - 11:26 pm

Simply exquisite!

tracy brown March 23, 2022 - 11:28 pm

You put them together so beautifully, Sharon. My gardens are just beginning to pop- primrose, crocus and hellebores but daffodils are still just buds. Everything will explode in the next few weeks. And every year I am as excited as if it were the first time. (sigh)

Paulette March 24, 2022 - 12:07 am

Absolutely gorgeous I’m from Cape Cod Massachusetts USA and Venice Florida USA

Mandy March 24, 2022 - 12:17 am

This arrangement is absolutely stunning. I live in Adelaide Australia and love seeing your posts. I had the absolute pleasure of travelling to France in 2011 and hope to get back there again one day.

Lady Locust March 24, 2022 - 12:21 am

Simply beautiful! I like the fine branches with buds this time of year~

Gray March 24, 2022 - 12:38 am

I would love to know how you get the hellebores to stay up in water? Most of mine just droops pitifully after it’s put in water.

Sharon Santoni March 28, 2022 - 2:36 pm

That sometimes happens for me too, I really don’t know why. We are now five days after I made this bouquet and they are still standing!! go figure! 🙂

Kate Dickerson March 24, 2022 - 8:53 am

Well, what a breath of fresh Spring air! Your arrangement is simply gorgeous. Thank you!

Donna De Luca March 24, 2022 - 10:23 am

Sharon this is absolutely one of your best! How lovely to be able to collect all of these beautiful blooms from your own garden.

Annetta March 24, 2022 - 7:43 pm

I love the Spring!

pam m March 24, 2022 - 7:54 pm

stunning — as always!! so anxious for spring to arrive in Minnesota!!

Ellen March 25, 2022 - 11:57 am

So beautiful! I live in Burgundy and we have these same things blooming but I am very timid about putting them in water together. Is there a lot of prep work with the narcissus and hellebores before you put them together?
Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring us!

Linda Hovgaard March 25, 2022 - 4:46 pm

Just love it! The color combination is so stunning! Thank you Sharon!

Francean Gospodarek March 29, 2022 - 11:33 pm

Absolutely gorgeous!

basketbros May 12, 2022 - 11:44 am

Primrose, crocus, and hellebores are just starting to bloom in my gardens, but the daffodils are still buds. In the coming weeks, everything will blow apart. Every year, I look forward to it as if it were the first time.

Jenny February 3, 2023 - 2:52 am

Happy 64th birthday. You are my English/French Queen Terrific flowers and posts always.

Deb February 3, 2023 - 5:16 am

So beautiful! I planted nearly 500 bulbs last fall and am excited to see little sprouts pop up out of the snow covered landscape. Hopefully, I can create an arrangement as beautiful as yours. Thanks for sharing. I love your blog and magazine.

Shirley Graham February 3, 2023 - 3:48 pm

Beautiful !!!

Slope Unblocked February 6, 2023 - 8:41 am

The flowers are full of life.

Bosch April 13, 2023 - 2:18 pm

That looks really beautiful. Keep sharing!

rainbow obby November 13, 2023 - 4:59 am

So beautiful! I planted nearly 500 bulbs last fall


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