Sometimes it's the little things, like a found vase and blooming bush, that make for the best updates and mood boosters this time of year.
Tim and I definitely get caught up in the frustrating cycle that is March — in like a lion, out like a lamb. While there have been a few milder days this month, we seem to be in the final cold stretch of winter this last week of March here in Richmond (as I type to soft snowflakes gracing the city). That being said, there are little hints of spring popping up around us, like the Beechwood jonquils and the well formed pink and red buds beginning to bloom on our Camellia bushes out front:
One of my favorite things to do while these bushes are in full bloom is snipping a few buds for small vases to scatter around the house, adding touches of color as they continue to unravel.
You might remember we unearthed this little piece of dirty/rusty gold on our last trip to Beechwood:
It was a perfectly solid amber glass bottle with a deteriorated metal cap and lots of wear from being in the ground for what's been several years. We're not sure what this size/shape bottle would have originally been used for (any bottle experts out there?), but immediately thought it would be suited perfectly as a bud vase for us.
Once back home, the bottle cleaned up beautifully with some tough scrubbing and removal of the rusted cap. You just can't buy stuff like this with as much character new these days:
Filled with water and a couple blooms, we've got an instant touch of spring:
What's blooming where you are? Do you have a favorite way to bring a little spring inside?