In a vase on Monday – Bringing spring indoors

A beautiful sunny Monday helps a little with the photographs for our weekly challenge of finding flowers from our gardens to bring indoors to enjoy for the week in response to Cathy at Rambling in the garden’s challenge.

There was no shortage of flowers to choose from today.

The last tulips in pots in the greenhouse are beginning to flower; there are lots more tulips in the garden now too but I prefer to leave those there to enjoy when I’m outside or from the windows looking out.

Tulip 'Carrousel'

Tulip ‘Carrousel’

Tulip 'Carrousel'

Tulip ‘Carrousel’

Tulip 'Carrousel', A more delicately fringed Tulips than T. Huis Ten Bosch

Tulip ‘Carrousel’, A more delicately fringed Tulips than T. Huis Ten Bosch

I have been complaining almost every time I mentioned them that the new Anemone Coronaria ‘The Bride’ that I planted last autumn have short stems; well it seems I needed more patience because now the stems are much longer, they have been flowering since the 4th February and have produced masses of flowers but today is the first time I’ve included them in a vase.  I also included the richly coloured Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ and A. c ‘Sylphide’.  I love the intensity of colour that Anemones have and so decided to match them with an equally intensely coloured vase, namely my blue Denby jug.

A simple jug of Anemones

A simple jug of Anemones

Anemone coronaria 'Mr. Fokker', some flowers are double, others single but all are beautiful

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’, some flowers are double, others single but all are beautiful

Anemone coronaria 'Sylphide'

Anemone coronaria ‘Sylphide’

Almost equally intensely coloured are Freesias and these of course have the added attraction of intense perfume too.

Intensely perfumed Freesias

Intensely perfumed Freesias



The last of the Narcissus Avalanche flowered last week and I tried to emulate the elegant arrangement Susie at PBM Garden did a couple of weeks ago.  I think I need to study hers again as the proportions of vase to stem to flowers isn’t quite working here.  But it was fun to try!

Narcissus Avalance

Narcissus Avalance

Narcissus Avalance

Narcissus Avalance

Do visit Cathy to see what she and other addicts of this meme have found today.

Have a lovely first week of spring!

42 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – Bringing spring indoors

  1. Christina, all your vases make me smile this morning and of course, I’m particularly enjoying the Narcissus Avalance design. Your Freesias caught my eye as well. I’ve never grown them but maybe I’ll look for some. The anemones hold their own in the blue denby jug. The stems are longer now on mine too. Guess they don’t like to peak too high above ground when its very cold. I like the delicate Tulip ‘Carrousel’. All your tulips have been wonderful this year. Have a good week.

    • What’s so wonderful this year is I’ve had tulips from the greenhouse, then now the garden is filled with the ones I chilled before planting last autumn and then the others that have been in the ground over a year are beginning too (I think a little earlier this year). If they continue to the end of April I’ll have had tulips for three months this year.

        • Yes, this is the first time I’ve chilled bulbs before putting them in the garden; I chilled some of the ones I planted in pots in the greenhouse for last year but not in a very organised way.

    • N. Avalanche is a tender indoor narcissus and I don’t think it grows as well as the Paperwhites, so I wouldn’t really recommend it Linda; also the pots didn’t flower very evenly so not brilliant for picking for a vase.

  2. You really did ‘go to town’ so to speak in creating so many vases. I wish I could grow Freesias but they don’t like to grow in my garden even as annuals. So I will enjoy them in your vase along with the cute jug of anemones. I am patiently awaiting a warmer spring and more flowers.

  3. Ooh, lots of lovely vases today, especially the anemones – you can see why I wanted to focus on red, white and blue ones for the wedding. They were always the combination uppermost in my mind. Intersting to read about the stem length, something I will need to bear in mind. The freesias are such jewel like colours too – were they grown outside? Your Avalanche look as if they have the same size head as my Grand Soleil. Thanks for sharing all your lovely blooms today, Chrstina

    • The Freesia in the vase were grown in a pot in the greenhouse but the ones in the garden won’t be long before they are flowering too. Very strangely I think the Ranunculus I planted in the greenhouse in a pot will flower after those that are outside, I have no idea why but it might be a way to save much needed space.

  4. Your vases are beautiful Christina, I especially like the delicacy of Tulip ‘Carrousel’. I thought of you yesterday too as we were idly looking at businesses for sale and were surprised by how many florists were up for sale in the UK. The growing popularity of posts like yours must inspire so many folk to grow and create their own arrangements. Enjoy your sunshine!

    • I wonder why florists are selling their businesses; I imagine it has more to do with supermarket competition than people deciding to grow their own although I’m sure Sara Raven has had an impact too. It would be nice to think that it was because people were choosing to buy direct from flowers farmers who are promoting English flowers.

        • To grow successfully from seed I think you need a greenhouse and actually quite a lot of time to be able to check for germination etc. I’m not against plug plants (I can only buy vegetable plugs here) they can can the home gardener a lot of time and the expense of heating a greenhouse. I’m lucky because it is rarely cold enough for the heater to cut in to keep my greenhouse frost free and the light levels here are much higher during winter whereas in the UK I think sometimes a light would be needed.

  5. You went to town with your vases this week, Christina! They’re all absolutely beautiful. That tulip has such a wonderful delicate grace about it. But my favorite is the anemone arrangement – it’s simple but so pretty in the blue jug. I’m suffering serious anemone envy as the 3 puny blooms I featured weeks ago seem to be the first and last I’m going to have from my garden this year.

    • Anemones are suited to the conditions here; thank goodness there are some plants that actually thrive. The white ones have produced so many flowers it seems impossible from such a small corm, I hope they have enough energy to flower next year too.

    • The Anemones also seem to be a flower where the stem continues to grow after the flower opens. They may even be growing in the vase; I will keep a sharp eye on them and report back in a future post.

  6. Ooh, what an abundance of beautiful spring flowers! I love the anemones in that blue Denby jug, and the Freesias are fantastic too. Bet they smell delicious. The tulip in your first vase is definitely a highlight for me this week Christina – I just love those delicate shades of creamy yellow and pink together. I will have to try and track down that one as it is exactly what I have been looking for!

  7. Wow, what a choice this week, you must have them in every room! I think the tulips are lovely, and the scent of the narcissi and freesias must be wonderful.

  8. Christina, you really have brought Spring indoors. All your vases are beautiful. If I had to choose a favourite it would be very difficult. I’m torn between the tulips and the anemones but that wouldn’t be fair to the freesias and the narcissus because they are lovely too.The perfume in your house must be simply wonderful!

  9. Where you lead, I seem to follow. I will definitely be planting anemones when the time comes. You have a great place to display your vases where they show off to advantage.

    • I take the photographs on the window ledge so they have natural light and the wooden interior shutter is a plainish backdrop, but there is a radiator under the window so the vases don’t stay there. I usually put them on the sideboard or in the kitchen, in summer I use the mantle over the fireplace.

  10. All beautiful but those Anemonies in the Denby jug are especially pleasing. I’ve just planted some in a container outdoors. The bulbs are from a DIY home store, so not of the best quality, and this is my first try. Not sure anything will come of them, but we’ll see.

    • I’m not sure what the secret is of growing Anemones Doris. They seem to thrive in very free draining soil with very little summer irrigation (just if it happens to rain – hardly ever in July and August). The ones I planted last autumn were all soaked overnight in water to rehydrate them before planting. It could also be the the ones you are buying are very dried out.

  11. Hola Christina me encantan todo sus jarrones pero siento debilidad por las anemones coronarias. Tantos colores y tan preciosas flores.Y por el jarrón de las fresias con ese perfume tan encantador. Saludos de Margarita. margarita141.

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