Easter is a bit early this year, but the first signs of spring are pushing their way through the frozen earth. The snowdrops in the front courtyard, the volunteer crocus popping up in the woodland, the muscari bringing their blue glow to the Fountain Garden beds…each so delicate and precious in their own right. Spring brings such promise, reminding us of the blessings small and large for which to be thankful.
For this and many reasons, I always anticipate Easter as a signal to “bring on the flowers” and celebrate with floral arrangements that in the creating bring me such joy. Two years ago was the last time we gathered to celebrate this holiday; how I cherished these images (in the feature above and two closeup details below).
But, Hallelujah, we shall, indeed, have guests for this Easter lunch! Therefore, I wanted each room to convey the true sense of hospitality, which for me begins with flowers. Starting with the entry hall, to set the tone…
then to the library, for pre-lunch drinks by the fire, where an enthusiastic display of paperwhites takes center stage on the coffee table.
With a stroll out to the glassed-in solarium where all manner of plants and potted flowers await.
Leading us back to the salon, for the seated buffet luncheon. It is on the salon marble mantle that pride of place is given to the majestic quince branches that were cut and “forced” to bloom exactly at Easter time. While under their boughs, a garland of Selaginella is interspersed with ranunculus and dyed eggs.
With bunnies looking on, of course.
Even the tower guest bedroom was dressed up…with my favorite shades of hyacinths a happy contrast to the painted stone walls. They provided the perfect opportunity to use one of my classic French wire baskets, so perfect for a house named Parterre.
This year, the presence of a new resource on our small island has added another dimension to my floral efforts. Farm & Flora Collective is a female owned business of farmers and growers who specialize in those yummy and fragile flowers–ranunculus, anemones, daffodils, narcissus, muscari–that say “from the garden” at a time when none of our gardens are yet awake. Here they are interlaced among an old and treasured metal topiary growing with ivy (with speckled chocolate eggs sitting atop damp moss from the garden).
May you have a glorious and peaceful Easter weekend.