In a Vase on Monday: The Old and the New

It’s Monday, and I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely meme.

At this time of year it is not hard to find something pretty for a vase. I wanted to capture the last of the daffodils before they go over (The Old)Β but also saw the first Camassia was opening (The New). Then, well, you know how it is…. I just got carried away! πŸ˜ƒ

The aging Hellebore flowers and their fresh leaves formed a base. Then the Narcissi, some Pulmonaria ‘Opal’, Aquilegia, a Camassia and some Geranium phaeum were added.

The Pulmonaria has a slight pink tinge to it, and really does remind me of the semiprecious stone.

The last three Narcissi hanging on in the Oval Bed are all miniatures. I think they are later to emerge because the wood chipping mulch on that bed keeps it cooler longer in spring. All three are beautifully scented.

This is Hawera, which I have in the Herb Bed too, and it has spread well there within the last couple of years.

The next one is the multiheaded ‘Silver Chimes’. It is so delicate and a lovely pale creamy white… it has become one of my favourites now.

The very last one is Baby Moon. So sweet, and such a delicate yellow.

The pink Aquilegia is a new one planted a few weeks ago, aptly called ‘Rosa Rosa’ and attracting bees even during the frequent showers we have been having. It is one of the few I have seen that tilts its flowers upwards so you can actually see them. πŸ˜ƒ

Not only did I get carried away picking flowers, I also took rather a lot of photos! So here are all of them together as a slideshow. Enjoy!

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Wishing you all a flowery week!



37 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: The Old and the New

  1. A pretty mix, Cathy. I’ve made note of ‘Silver Chimes’ for my fall planting. I want to add some white narcissi to my part-shade bed and like to get other gardeners’ endorsements. πŸ˜‰
    I love your crackle-ball vase – very nice! Is it new?

    • That Narcissi is a really pretty one and due to its short stems sturdy enough to stand up to the heavy showers we have had recently. The vase is one I inherited from my partner’s Mum… a lovely reminder of a lovely lady every time I use it. πŸ™‚

  2. I know all about getting carried away cutting flowers! How can you not at this time of year? I love all the Narcissi you tucked into the arrangement, especially as my own are already long gone. Despite their poor showing this year due to untimely heat and very dry conditions, I’ll undoubtedly plant more this fall and I’m eyeing your ‘Baby Moon’.

    • Your determination will pay off, I am sure Kris. πŸ˜‰ Baby Moon is a gorgeous shade that makes me think of banana milkshakes from my childhood!

    • Thanks Susie. It will be interesting to see if Rosa rosa stays pink next year… I already have a purple one that has popped up from nowhere!

  3. Is it normal for some of the narcissus to bloom so late, or were some of the bulbs planted late? I somehow seems appropriate that they can bloom in May.

    • Yes, it is rather late, but I am sure that is because our Spring was so cold and the ground in that bed takes longer to warm up. The first ones to open in March were also a bit later than usual as well.

      • Goodness, there are not many for us after February. However, this year some colonies that are not normally late bloomed in March, after those that are normally later!

  4. That’s often how it is with our Monday vases, Cathy. The overhead view in the slideshow shows just how many different varieties you have used.I have had one belated little clump of narcissi blooming until recently but it is one I planted out from a pot and I didn’t label what it was – your Silver Chimes is very attractive, as is Baby Moon. It was interesting to read your comments about Opal as I have a clump of this flowering beautifully for the first time, and you have reminded me of the very obvious origins of its name!! That’s a very pretty aquilegia with its two tones of pink – how tall is it?

    • Hi Cathy. Opal is a favourite as it seems to be one of the sturdier ones. The Aquilegia is probably about 40 -50 cm tall… not as tall as the ‘wild’ ones that seem to grow from nowhere, but it may get taller next year. It’s nice to be able to actually see the flowers. πŸ˜ƒ

  5. Such a varied, lush spring bouquet, Cathy, it’s intriguing for me to see plants together that don’t exactly flower at the same time here. Let’s hope that this will have a positive influence on Peter πŸ˜‰ . It’s the same here, growth like mad and I shall try and cut the grass in between the showers today. I had Baby Moon too, it’s such a darling, sadly it got overwhelmed by its neighbours, I think it defintely needs space to breathe! Silver chimes is doing well in the long grass. The Pulmonaria looks so delicate. Wishing you a nice and hopefully sunny day, love to you both xx

    • Thanks Annette. Silver Chimes might get lost in tall grass here. πŸ˜‰ The taller Narcissi in the long grass at our gate were fairly early and actually withstood the wind fairly well. Will try and mow that area today… Wishing you a sunny and rain-free day too! xx πŸ€—β˜€οΈπŸ˜Ž

  6. So pretty and a nice reminder that spring is passing into summer. I adore these little narcissi and it is a delight that they carry on blooming so long.

    • Oh yes, I hadn’t thought of summer being on the way, but you are right. Not far off. We are having April showers, March winds and May sunshine all in one today!

  7. Beautiful spring into summer bouquet. I would not have thought all of that would flower at the same time. One of the joys of gardening. The little surprises along the way.

  8. A lovely mix of early and late spring Cathy. I like your ‘Silver Chimes’ – most aptly named. My daffodils have departed and the remains of the tulips have all but blown away over the last few days. Your camassia looks such a intense shade of blue. A treat!

    • Silver Chimes and Baby Moon are still hanging on, and my late tulips are just about at their best now. Spring has crept along this year, but that has meant I have had more time to enjoy it. πŸ˜‰

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