In a vase on Monday: pink Muscari

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This morning began with my three tiny pots of a pink variety of Muscari armeniaccum in the kitchen window — along with the Schnapps glasses that I’ve been collecting from our trips in the last year.

I don’t remember where I bought the little clay pots — probably at a thrift store back in Maryland more than ten years ago. The Muscaris came from the Schillerplatz Saturday flower market.

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Then I moved the trio over to our rather skinny mantel.

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I also tried out a second pot of Muscaris there too.

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On the dining room table, I placed a row of daffodils (also from the flower market) and some supermarket red tulips.  I bought the assorted vases at a thrift shop recently, inspired by “pins” like this one.

Since I have been taking part in this meme, my vase “wardrobe” has increased tenfold, meaning I had none before and now I have ten (foreign service life is hard on glassware).

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Then I moved the rest of my tulip purchase to the dining room table. . .

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. . . and tried out the vase assortment on the mantel.

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Where it remains.

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Above is another pretty flower arrangement from this weekend’s Easter market in the nearby town of Degerloch.

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And on Saturday, I had my first Spargel stand sighting — at the Marktplatz farmers’ market.

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From now through May, everyone in Stuttgart will be eating lots of white asparagus.  Mmhh. . . lecker (delicious).

To see what other gardeners have put in a vase today, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

In a vase on Monday: grape hyacinths

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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.