On Saturday, I wandered around the downtown Stuttgart flower market admiring all the blooming spring bulbs — which were being sold both potted and as cut flowers (pictures below). I bought some cut tulips and then went to Butler’s for a vase and another container of seashell chips. On the way home, I stopped at a florist and bought a little pot of forced Muscari, or grape hyacinth, bulbs.
I think I should have set the bulbs lower in the vase, but I didn’t want to disturb their rootball, which I covered with the chips.
Click on any thumbnail in the gallery below to scroll through photos of the flower market.
To see what other gardeners have put in a vase today, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
The flower market at Schillerplatz.
Tulips — 6.50 euros for 10.
Potted forced dark blue irises.
Potted primroses in almost every color are a feature of the markets and florists right now.
Potted forced Fritillaria meleagris.
Cut tulips and Narcissus.
A potted lime green Chrysanthemum.
This stall had the prettiest colored cut Hyacinths, Muscaris, and tulips.
Cut Dutch hyacinths.
Potted forced tulips and Fritallarias. This was in the farmers’ market in the square in front of the Rathaus, or Town Hall.
I caught this woman in mid-step. I love the colors of her outfit.
Potted forced Narcissus and Dutch hyacinths.
The “ingredients” of my Muscari arrangement.
On the coffee table in our living room.
The baskets are from Rwanda.