In A Vase On Monday— Narcissus and Tea

Petite Flower Arrangement

Petite Flower Arrangement

It is late in the day but forging ahead, once again I am joining Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday challenge. Today I assembled a group of petite flowers arranged among several pieces of my daughter’s childhood tea set.

Tea Party

I was not sure what would be blooming this week, but immediately following an ice storm we have finally had three gorgeous blue sky, sunny days that encouraged the Narcissus ‘King Alfred’ to begin blooming. Although I was reluctant to cut these first flowers, eventually I gathered the courage and collected a couple dozen daffodils. I filled a favorite ceramic vase for a quintessential example of spring.

But while I was collecting them I also came across the first little Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’ and nearby, an Iberis Sempervirens (Candytuft) showing a few open flowers.

Their dainty size appealed to me today, so I gathered them along with several sprigs of lavender and a single Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose).

Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete'

Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’

Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete' and Iberis

Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’ and Iberis

Iberis Sempervirens (Candytuft)

Iberis Sempervirens (Candytuft)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Despite my hesitation to cut the Narcissus ‘King Alfred’ I am enjoying them indoors after all. They are very fragrant. These have been growing in the garden for many years, but most of the flowers seem much smaller than in years past.

These bring smiles nevertheless.

Narcissus 'King Alfred' (trumpet daffodil)

Narcissus ‘King Alfred’ (trumpet daffodil)

Thanks very much to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Visit her site to see her arrangement this week and see what other participants are placing In A Vase On Monday.

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25 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday— Narcissus and Tea

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      And I have my eye on your richly colored anemone coronara! I don’t think I’ve anticipated the daffodils so strongly before–this winter has felt long and tedious and it’s nice to share some signs of spring. Thanks Christina.

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  1. Cathy

    They certainly do bring smiles Susie! Thanks for sharing your daffodils with us – a few of mine are only just beginning to open. 😀

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Marian! My daughter is not sentimental about things like this tea set but just a glimpse of it takes me back to some sweet memories. I enjoyed using it yesterday.

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  2. Chloris

    There’s nothing like a bunch of daffodils to bring sunshine into the house on a spring day. You can’t help being cheered by them.
    I love your miniature arrangement. Even though I have plenty of spring flowers out I can’t bear to pick them. This is a great way of displaying just 2 or 3 choice flowers.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Choris, I understand not wanting to pick your spring flowers. They make such a difference in the landscape this time of year. Think I’ll rely on this miniature grouping again.

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  3. Annette

    The weather seems to have picked up at your end, Susie. It’s a delightful arrangement as usual and shows once more that less is more. Have a good week 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Annette. The colder weather is returning later in the week but for now I’m basking in the sunshine, getting a few garden details done. Hope your week is nice too!

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  4. Cathy

    Oh what joy, Susie! I really like miniature versions of things and this makes for a superb combination – well done. Chloris need not worry about picking scarce blooms as it only takes one or two, doesn’t it? I would have been reluctant to cut any witch hazel in the past, for example, but a tiny and judiciously cut twig or bloom is neither here nor there, is it? I have used a tiny teapot before, but I wouldn’t have thought of using several pieces – what a lovely idea! I find myself looking round the house for other potential vases and have got my eye on several things I had forgotten I had!! Thank you so much for joining in with enthusiasm 😉

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy! I thought using that tea set at other times but it wasn’t appropriate at the time. Glad a use for it came along. You’re wise to scout around for potential vases. I’m finding this Monday exercise is making me look at not just flowers differently, but gives me a chance to use the many items I had trouble giving away when wanting to declutter.

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      1. Cathy

        Tee hee – I think some people might consider some of my stuff as ‘junk’, but as you say, some of it is coming in useful now! 😉

  5. Julie

    What a lovely way to display your flowers this week – I think we are all trying not to disturb our precious outside display’s too much at the moment. Like Cathy I am looking at my possessions with a new eye – I think I will have to dig out the dolls tea sets – I can feel an Easter arrangement coming on with eggs and chocolate bunnies!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Julie! The first spring blooms are precious. I’m looking forward to your Easter eggs and bunnies! It is interesting to find a new use for things isn’t it.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you! By Thanksgiving I’m never in the mood for planting but like you, I always wish I had. The good thing about daffodils is they are so reliable year after year.

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  6. bittster

    I love that hellebore! Does it stand out in the garden or does the green kind of get lost? It looks great in a cup like that, very stylish (not that I’m one to comment on style!). Cutting the daffodils was a good idea. Someday I hope to get a few blooms to bring inside 😉 and when I do I’m doing all yellow trumpets too!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I normally think of that hellebore as white, but it seems to photograph greener. The daffodils have been so nice indoors. Below freezing tonight so hope the rest of the daffodils will be ok.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I hope you get to glimpse your tete-a-tetes very soon! These are in their second year. I planted them without really knowing how they looked and have been so delighted with them.

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  7. garden98110

    You are accomplished at capturing the essence of a group of things, like the tea set and flowers. And the cut glass prism-rainbows with flower arrangement. These compositions make a universal statement. A picture evoking a chain of thought and memory. Like haiku. Thank you.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you–I’m enjoying the vase on Monday challenge as much for the photographs as the flower arranging. Actually, am finding the images more difficult.

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      1. garden98110

        Objects come and go. I match my image for our Garden with my work. Especially work in recognition of our healing images is a kind of devotion to us. Surprisingly, education ignores the teaching of this, unless one is profoundly disabled. In the Healing Garden we have only daily work and practice to truly call our own. Images become for others a road map and a memory palace for ourselves. This is a lot to ask of our images, too.

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