In a Vase on Monday

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Tulip ‘Sweet Impression’ and Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus (Pheasant’s Eye)

After a long pause, I’m joining in with Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday meme at Rambling in the Garden.

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To counteract my tendancy to negativity, my husband (otherwise known as the Bon Viveur) went out by torchlight on Saturday night and picked this vase of daffodils and tulips flowering in the garden at the moment.

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Triumphantly he waved at it on Sunday morning: ‘Look at what you grew!’

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This could be called a ‘his and her’ daffodil picture. To the right – looking directly outwards – is my favourite daffodil of the moment, ‘Peeping Jenny’. At the base of the vase, looking downwards, is Nick’s favourite little ‘Jet Fire’

Good old negative me stepped in swiftly with: ‘But it wasn’t really me, it was the bulb suppliers.’

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A closer look at ‘Peeping Jenny’

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But, on second thoughts, I realised it was me. In the lower part of the garden, where we are just starting to cultivate (hence the scruffy garden picture!) we have two banks that I am packing full of spare/special offer shrubs and bulbs that have served time in their first year elsewhere in the garden (where they were guaranteed to give a show).

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I got that idea of digging up bulbs after their garden premiere and replanting in ‘wild’ spots from The Garden Impressionists, Julian and Fiona Wormold. Do have a look at their blog, I’ve learnt a lot and been inspired a lot.

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Anyway, the idea is working here. And Nick’s Vase on Monday has perked me up no end!

Go on over and look at what all the other Monday Vasers are doing on Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden!

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30 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday

  1. Nomads By Nature

    What a fabulous hubby! I love the daffodil and tulip combination with all the varieties – bet your garden will continue to look stunning as they come up wild each year. Well done and thank you for sharing tips you’ve discovered!

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  2. Cathy

    Oh well done to the Bon Viveur for motivating you; I trust he has been really supportive in recent months. I like ‘your’ idea of recycling bulbs and plants, particularly as an increasing number of potted tulips are coming up time and time again. I do hope your lovely Springy vase brings you lots of pleasure during the week

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  3. Eliza Waters

    What a sweet and thoughtful man – a keeper, as they say! My spouse wouldn’t dare do that as I’m rather controlling when it comes to my garden. A terrible trait, I know! Now I see I miss out on such beautiful and happy surprises.

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    1. Cathy Post author

      You are right – he is. I’m actually a bit of a controller in the garden too! But sometimes he steps happily over my boundaries and I’m grateful.

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    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks for your comment. And I really enjoyed your daffs too, as I commented. Anyone reading should pop over to yours just for the sake of seeing your container!

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  4. sophos

    Such pretty colours and sunlight.. and those black-eyed, feathered tulips are pretty racy, too! My sprouted, forgotten bulbs never got anywhere this year. Tant pis, I’m going to plant them in the communal courtyard and hopefully enjoy them next year.

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    1. Cathy Post author

      I hope you do – and, fortunately, next year can always be in our mind’s eye! I shall look at my ‘racy’ yellow tulips in a different light now, thanks to you!

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  5. Kris P

    It’s great to see you pop up again in the vase blogroll, Cathy! Kudos to your husband for nudging you out of your funk. Bulb suppliers are just deliverymen – you and your garden make the magic happen. Most of my own bulb blooms are already dying out but then spring starts – and ends – early here. Your arrangement sends me into another fit of tulip envy – I can’t grow tulips even when they’re pre-chilled in a refrigerator.

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    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks Kris – unfortunately this post is giving him ideas above his station. But he is a sweetie. How sad not to be able to grow tulips. But then, I often see wonderful things on your blog that I can’t grow (I think of grevillea and lisianthus envy!)

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  6. smallsunnygarden

    So glad to see you again, Cathy 🙂 and your lovely garden and flowers too! Which you certainly did grow, otherwise how would we be seeing them here… 😉 The yellows of the tulips and daffodils are so lovely, and Narcissus poeticus recurvus is probably my favorite of all time…

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    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks Amy – kind thoughts! But I did actually get the name of the poeticus narcissus wrong – it’s the earlier one, ‘Actaea’.

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    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks! And I like the white ‘Jenny’ even better! So aren’t you lucky to have two beautiful daffodils named after you!

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    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks – unfortunately I realised yesterday (on someone else’s blog) that I had got the name wrong – it’s the earlier poeticus variety, ‘Actaea’!

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  7. bittster

    I love seeing how your garden develops. It does make me feel a bit like an underachiever at times, but it’s so inspirational.
    The arrangement is great. The light and colors really glow with spring and I can see how they worked their magic on you 🙂

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  8. Anna

    Oh that’s a most pleasing to the eye vase Cathy. I’m familiar with narcissus ‘Jenny’ but have not come across ‘Peeping Jenny’ before. I’m off to investigate forthwith 🙂

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  9. karen

    Gorgeous. I love that peach pink tulip in the last photo. What a good idea to replant in the wild garden. I’m planing a forest garden with fruit in my orchard and will copy your idea and transplant bulbs under the trees for next year. Happy Easter Cathy x

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    1. Cathy Post author

      Happy Easter to you too, Karen! Of course it’s not really my idea – it came from the Garden Impressionists. I wish I could visit their garden, so inspirational!

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