Bland soup - can't figure out why

Basically a soup to clean out the icebox. Celery, onions, carrots in olive oil to start. Bay leaf, fresh thyme, fresh parsley, red pepper, salt and pepper. Added garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, a few potatoes, chicken, brought it all together in homemade chicken stock. Added fresh spinach at the last minute, a touch more salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. But just kind of blah.....Even after a day in the icebox, still kind of bland. Any suggestions on what could I have done to perk it up?

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