At last, there are sufficient flowers blooming in my garden to allow me to join Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, in her weekly In A Vase On Monday meme. For my first vase of the season, I’ve chosen narcissi from a fragrant, mixed collection that I ordered and planted last fall, which started blooming this past week. I picked three: double white N. ‘Cheerfulness’ and two jonquilla, yellow N. ‘Hillstar’ and N. ‘Stratosphere,’ yellow with an orange cup. The heirloom double daffodil tucked low has been in the yard ever since I moved here 26 years ago and I assume it is N. ‘Rip Van Winkle.’
I am so glad I ordered the fragrant varieties as they have filled the house with their delicious perfume. I must credit other IAVOM gardeners for the inspiration last spring!
In addition, I’ve added two blossoms of Korean spicebush (Viburnum carlesii), one of my favorite spring shrubs, which is just starting to bloom. A branching sprig of bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) adds a slash of deep rose color and a few grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum) provide contrasting blue. White candytuft(Iberis sempervirens) peeks out from sharply-toothed, patrinia (P. gibbosa) foliage.
The vase is Japanese porcelain, an anniversary gift from my spouse in the mid-80s. That vase has held many arrangements over the years!
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.