I thought that my Lenox porcelain ‘Daffodil’ vase would be nice to hold white daffodils and a few other white flowers currently in my garden for a soft, romantic look. Which led me to remember that this is wedding season.
Then, I realized that it is our own (32nd!) wedding anniversary this week, something we tend to celebrate with little fanfare. I dug out the Lenox porcelain swan that was our cake topper to display along side the arrangement.
For our wedding day, it had a small floral arrangement in it, which looked lovely, but with the floral foam soaked in water, it ended up being too heavy for the top tier of the cake, so had to be displayed in front of the cake instead! Luckily, the caterer’s quick-thinking saved the day, by taking a few blossoms from the table arrangements and artfully decorating the top of the cake.
The jacquard print tablecloth is French linen brought back as gift from a friend who visited France many years ago.
I believe the double daffodil cultivar, left, is Narcissus ‘White Marvel.’ The other two in the above photo are N. ‘Pueblo’ on the left and N. triandrus ‘Thalia’ on the right.
The bottlebrush blooms of Fothergilla gardenii are sweetly scented, as are N. ‘Thalia,’ adding to the romance.
I’ve used frothy-white candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) as a filler flower along with false bleeding heart (Corydalis ophiocarpa) with its lacy foliage and zipper-like racemes. I love the silvery, glaucous foliage of this plant, but it is a rampant self-sower, so I have learned to limit it to the periphery of the garden.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.
So beautiful Eliza! Happy anniversary week 💛
Thank you very much, Val! 🙂
Happy Anniversary Eliza. Love the white vase – so delicate.
Lovely memories and photographs… I never knew the bottlebrush came in white too, it’s quite magical.
Thank you! Bottlebrush is a common name to many plants, but this is a native US plant, Fothergilla gardenii, just to clear up any confusion. I don’t believe it comes in any other color. 🙂
oh yes it does. Here in UK, we have red ones. But the white ones are better…
I love everything about this arrangement – it would make a lovely, simple spring wedding bouquet. Happy Anniversary!
Thank you very much, Ann!
Beautiful x Congratulations x Happy Anniversary x x x
❤ Thank you, Sophie!
Excellent arrangement; congratulations to you both
Thank you very much, Derrick. 🙂
Happy Anniversary and this is a lovely arrangement. I have to say the daffodil vase is a post stopper – gorgeous. 🙂
Thank you very much, Judy!
Just beautiful. And a happy anniversary! The Fothergilla is just the most perfect touch to a symphony in white.
Thank you kindly, much appreciated!
These just keep on getting better & better! LOVE this one!
How sweet – thank you so much! ❤
Monday treat, lovely post!
🙂 Thank you, Belinda!
Stunning, as always, Eliza! I am always so attracted to Fothergilla. Such beautiful linen. I couldn’t have that in my house – it would be ruined. I love the story of your wedding cake and happy anniversary! I didn’t have a cake because we married in Maui on a beach but we did go to Mother’s restaurant afterwards and well, wow, I had never spent so much money at a restaurant. I don’t remember my dessert but I remember the martinis and macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi. I wore a plumeria bloom in my hair – white.
Thank you, Kathy. I loved reading about your Maui wedding on the beach with a plumeria in your hair – talk about romantic! The macadamia encrusted mahi mahi sounds delicious and if you had martinis, I can see why you wouldn’t remember dessert! ;-D
Happy Anniversary Eliza! What a special bouquet this is for you! I love how you incorporated objects of meaning and history into your flower arrangements. The narcissus is beautiful! I love the white varieties best. Blessings, Sarah
Thank you kindly, Sarah. xo
Lovely as always! And a very happy anniversary to you and your husband.
Thank you so much, Laurie!
Happy anniversary to you and your love, Eliza. And thanks for the pictures of the tablecloth, vase and flowers. All lovely.
Thank you, Cynthia, much appreciated!
Another stunning arrangement. Happy anniversary, Eliza! 🙂
Thank you, Robin! xx
Just lovely in every way! You are a woman of many talents. Really gorgeous arrangement, and beautiful photos. (and did you grow the flowers too??)
Yes, these flowers are from my gardens. Thank you, Peggy!
Thank you, Peggy. Yes, the flowers came from my garden.
What a lovely arrangement! And I wish you a very happy and romantic anniversary!
Thank you very much, Nataly!
Nice composition. I really like these pictures. 💕
It’s a beautiful – and very elegant – arrangement, Eliza. I was especially taken with the smaller touches like the Fothergilla and the Corydalis. The vase was a perfect selection too. Best wishes for a happy anniversary!
Thank you so much, Kris, for the compliments and the best wishes!
That is so pretty.
Thank you, Fi. 🙂
Happy memories and a beautiful vase!
Thank you, Allison!
Beautiful and elegant.
How very elegant! I love white. I love all the wedding memories as your anniversary comes up next week. I still have the swans from our cake. One of the two champagne glasses broke years ago. Bad omen? No. We just use different glasses! I hope you have a wonderful anniversary and thanks for the white song or sonnet or blessing.
Thank you kindly, Mary. It seems like it was just yesterday, but I guess time flies when you’re having fun. 😉
That’s so nice!
Thank you, Gigi.
The cream colored vase, and swan, and the white table cover & flowers really do make a romantic setting. Very nice Eliza. Happy anniversary to you! This month is our anniversary (#34) too. So thankful!
Woo-hoo, HAPPY anniversary to you both! Do you have any special plans?
Thank you, as always, for your kind comments. 🙂
Thanks Eliza! We seldom do anything special. Her birthday is the 27th, so we usually take an extra couple of sips of wine (or margarita) at her birthday dinner.
Yes, sad but true, we don’t feel the need to whoop it up anymore. It’s more like: “Wow, HOW many years?” ;-D
Happy Birthday 10 days out to A. sending a xo 🙂
White vases are my favourite ones and yours is gorgeous!Happy anniversary, Eliza!
Thank you so much, Anca!
What a lovely anniversary arrangement. I love your white Narcissus, it’ s a real beauty. A lovely choice of flowers.
Thank you, Chloris.
I though you might have shown your wedding flowers too… 😉 Happy Anniversary. I much prefer white narcissi to yellow – more stylish and less brash – and your combination is lovely. Thanks for introducing me to White Marvel which loves up to its name. Most appropriate props too. Thanks for sharing
Thank you, Cathy. I thought about showing a photo of the cake from the wedding, but that would have involved digging out the photo album, scanning and editing…aw, too much bother! 😉
32yrs! Congratulations Eliza and love your arrangement today 🌺💝🌺💝
Thank you, Karen!
This is quite special, not least because of your wedding memories. 🙂 The white linen tablecloth is perfect for such classy flowers. I also love the scent of Thalia, but can only imagine what Fothergilla smells like as I don’t think I have ever encountered one. I think it is called ‘Feather bush’ here. Happy Anniversary to you both, Eliza!
Thank you, Cathy! The fothergilla is peaking right now and today it was absolutely swarming with tiny pollinators, both flies and sweat bees. I think the small individual flowers are a potent attractor for them.
Congratulations for next week. Thalia is one on my list for next year.
Thank you, Brian. ‘Thalia’ is a favorite of mine – a real winner.
Happy Anniversary Eliza, the vase, swan, flower arrangement and tablecloth are beautiful. It’s nice to have reminders of a very special day.
Thank you very much, Karen.
That’s a nice story about the swan. It’s nice that the caterer at your wedding managed to find a solution to the flower problem. Many congratulations on your 32nd anniversary. 🙂
Thank you, Bun. It was celebrated over a quiet dinner at our favorite restaurant. After so many years, we don’t need much fanfare. 😉
Quiet celebrations are often the most enjoyable ones, I find. 🙂
I so agree. 🙂
I like swans in all arrangements
🙂 The make nice props.
Very beautiful arrangement. Happy Anniversary!
Thank you, Steve!
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So pretty the white flowers. The arrangements are so pretty. Thank You for sharing with us 🙂
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