Six-year old white 'Mount Tacoma' tulips still send a few blooms up each spring, so I cut a couple for the vase. I don't recall the name of the pink tulips, as those bulbs are also six years old. Tulips really like the sandy raised beds in my front yard, as the bulbs don't get soggy and rot in summer the way they might in clay soil.
A couple of stems of white bleeding heart, Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba,' add a sweet touch. I also have the old-fashioned pink type in my garden, but the blooms on those plants weren't quite ready to be cut. My daughters love to pull the flowers apart and tell the story of a sword and a heart . . . I can't remember the details, but it's a fun little notion.
The vase looks a little wild thanks to a few stems of curly willow (Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'). I have four curly willow plants growing in large pots to keep them from taking over the garden, and they made it through the winter even though I left the pots outside. I added a soft green ribbon around the top of the canning jar after taking these photos.
Spring is really pretty this year, with the flowering trees looking better than ever and plenty of tulips and other small flowers adding color. I'm taking photos to share soon!