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Bringing the Outdoors In

Flowers that look just as good in a vase as in the garden

bouquet of purple flowers

Today’s photos are from Kathy Schreurs in northwestern Iowa.

March is here, but regardless of what the calendar will say in a few weeks, most spring flowers will not make their appearance in my borders until late in April. So yesterday I quieted my spring fever by scrolling through my camera roll, enjoying both backyard blooms and indoor bouquets. Temperature and climate fluctuations and the Iowa prairie wind, frequently raw and biting, often encourage me to pick my flowers and bring them indoors to enjoy.

small purple flowersI’ve read some warnings that glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa luciliae, Zones 3–8) may be invasive, but that’s never been a problem for me. I’ve had to replant more than once, and of course, I blame the weather. I like to plant them near the driveway so that I don’t overlook them when they emerge. Sometimes I’ve mistaken the first ones for bits of tissue paper scattered by the wind.

bouquet of purple flowersGlory-of-the-snow and crocus (Crocus vernus, Zones 3–8) make a wonderful early spring bouquet.

pink yellow and blue spring flowersTulips (Tulipa hybrids, Zones 3–8) mingle with early bearded irises (Iris hybrid, bearded group, Zones 3–9) and Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3–8).

bouquet of pink flowersIndoors, a few tulip blooms join a sprig of bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 3–8) and a tiarella (Tiarella ‘Sugar and Spice’, Zones 4–9) leaf.

planting of white flowersWhite flowers make me happy. Snowdrop anemones (Anemone sylvestris, Zones 4–8) make me especially happy! Mine live under a canopy of Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ Zones 3–8).

Jacob’s ladder light blue flowersJacob’s ladder (Polemonium reptans, Zones 3–8) blooms with clouds of soft blue flowers.

bouquet with white and blue flowersAnd the anemone and Jacob’s ladder look wonderful together in a blue teapot, with some sturdy lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis, Zones 2–7) leaves.

large clump of light pink and white tulipsMost of my tulips are planted close to the house, so they get some protection. But I usually place between 70 and 100 in this bed near the street.

light pink tulips in a vaseAnd tulips always are amazing in a vase—a fabulous way to bring the outdoors in.

light orange tulipsThese tulips were from the year I planted orange!

orange tulips in a vaseInside, the tulips glow in a copper vase my mother loved.


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  1. deeinde 03/10/2022

    Beautiful flowers, especially the tulips! These surely must be pictures from a previous year though! We are zone 7a and none of those plants are in bloom here!

    1. shegardens 03/10/2022

      You’re right That was mentioned in the first paragraph.

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    treasuresmom 03/10/2022

    Love your tulips. I am too far south for them.

  3. becky44 03/10/2022

    Thank you.for a lovely reminder that spring is, indeed, on the way. I especially enjoyed your skillfully crafted flower arrangements. The first one is my favorite. Simply beautiful!

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    simplesue 03/10/2022

    Your vase arrangement with tulips and bleeding hearts was my favorite! Happy to learn about glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa luciliae, so pretty!

  5. btucker9675 03/10/2022

    Every last one of these photos made my heart happy!!

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    vanhatalosuomi 03/11/2022

    Lovely flowers!

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