Snowdrops are blooming in my garden! Just outside the library window on the south side of the house are a number of clumps of the common double Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis flore pleno, below) while a hidden corner of the garden has a nice little group of G. 'Magnet.' I wrote about 'Magnet' last year when they bloomed beautifully in their first season in the garden. They have become an instant favorite! The Snowdrops are numerous enough that I felt free to bring a few indoors for a Monday bouquet. Flore pleno are on the right and Magnet on the left in the photo below.
I have had this pair of Chinese cloisonné vases on little stands since I left home after graduating from college. I used to pick violets for my mother to put in them when I was growing up. She inherited the vases from her mother. Each Spring I still use them for violets: white in one vase and purple in the other. Their delicate stature means they are perfect for many spring ephemerals. Their small size also means they will fit in spots that are not big enough to hold most of my other containers.
This sandstone Buddha is on a pedestal at the end of the hall that leads from our bedroom to the rest of the house. So his smiling countenance greets us every morning. The perfect way to start the day.
He's 18th Century Burmese (Shan period) and is making a characteristic hand gesture known as a mudra. This particular mudra is the Vajrapradama Mudra and symbolizes unshakable self-confidence.
To see what other gardeners have found to put in a vase today, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this Monday meme.