Easter weather has been very mixed here in central Italy with Friday being quite sunny and pleasant, Saturday and Sunday cold, windy and wet and Monday is forecast to be sunny but with very strong winds; so not really ideal for enjoying the garden.
Both my vases today were actually prepared for a dinner party on Friday evening but are still looking lovely; in fact by Saturday the tulips were actually standing up better than they are in my images taken on Friday.
The Tulips were in a pot that was outside on the terrace for most of winter, the bulbs had not been pre-chilled and then placed in the greenhouse about a month ago, they are very slightly earlier than the same variety planted in the garden but those are about to flower demonstrating that the chilling is the critical factor in when tulips flower.
Cerinthe helps support the tulips in the oblong-shaped vase and as the pink is a slightly blue pink I think the colours complement each other.
The other vase is actually a metal bird cage a friend gave me for Christmas (she was one of the dinner guests so was pleased to see her gift being used). Inside I placed a round glass container into which I placed a block of oasis.
Again there are a mass of different colours and types of flowers including, Wall flowers, Ranunculus white and orange, Larkspur, Ami majus, a couple of stems of Cerinthe and deliciously perfumed Freesias.
Around the table I used my little Campari bottles yet again with the same flowers as in the birdcage so that every guest had a small arrangement close to their wine glasses.
Thank you Cathy for hosting this addictive meme; do visit Rambling in the Garden to see what she and everyone else who has been smitten with this idea has found for their Easter Vases. My very best Easter wishes to you all, Christina