In a vase on Monday – Blue jug day

Monday spurs us on to find flowers in our gardens to plonk in a vase (or arrange tastefully depending on mood or time available) to share with Cathy at Rambling in the garden and other participants in this very popular meme.

I have a blue Denby jug which I like to use with yellow daffodils and bright happy sunflowers when in season.  This year my yellow daffodils failed to bloom so I will have to be content with very pale cream and white Narcissus instead!


In a vase on Monday

Narcissus Actea,  N. Cheerfulness and N. Thalia

All the tulips in the garden seem to be flowering together; even T. Ballerina which is usually one of the later ones to flower is blooming now.  Many of the tulips that were planted after being used as cut flowers last year and the year before are growing well despite being cut very low on their stems and therefore with very little leaf to give them sustenance to feed the bulb.

In a vase on Monday Tulips

These Tulip ‘Akebono’ were planted in autumn 2015 and are a full double yellow with a red edge to the petals and a green line to the centre of the outer petals.

Tulip Akebono

There were 50 planted in the woodland walk border so my vase left hardly a gap.

Tulip Akebono

Hope you all have a lovely week.  Thank you Cathy for hosting.


51 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – Blue jug day

  1. Such distinctive forms of daffodils. They’re perfect in the Denby jug. Wonder what happened to your favorite yellow daffodils? Maybe they’ll still show up? Some of mine didn’t bloom much and I suppose I need to divide them. They’re in full sun but the leaves grew much taller than the flower stems! Your tulips are gorgeous–beautifully arranged. I love the way you gave them space so each flower is visible. Have a great week Christina.

  2. The N Actea blooms look huge compared to the others but I know they are not! And what a pretty tulip Akebono is, one I don’t remember seeing before but you must surely have used before. It is wonderful to see such abundance in your two vases, Christina, something I don’t often achieve so thanks for sharing

  3. Wonderful to see daffodils and oh I love those tulips, Akebono. I really do get to indulge my love for tulips when I read your blog and see your tulip vases. I am still hoping to add a few here and there and hide them or protect them from the critters. Two lovely spring vases this week to help me get in the mood as we finally move into full spring weather here.

    • Even here, I wouldn’t call it full spring weather! Today has been raining almost all day and it isn’t warm although the weekend was glorious and I was able to be outside all day both days.

    • I wonder why you had difficulty with ‘Cheerfulness’; this is the second or third year in the ground after being in a pot the first year as a forced early. Maybe you have very wet ground? I had forgotten how lovely the tulip is too!

    • The garden tulips are glorious, making up for the disappointment of the ones purchased locally last autumn. It does pay to buy good quality bulbs and my usual supplier isn’t any more expensive than the local shops here, just the carriage charges add on a bit.

  4. T. Akebono is gorgeous and new to me. I have had some success with planting the tulip bulbs from pots from last year in the ground on the allotment. About eight out of twelve produced flowers and all produced leaves. Shall I let them die back and leave them in situ hoping for better returns next Spring?

    • It all depends on your ground. My tulips do well just left in the ground but then my soil is very free-draining and I don’t irrigate where the tulips are planted.

  5. I love the ‘Akebono’ Tulips, such subtle color and fullness with fine detail. They must be well adapted to your landscape and climate. It is hard to get ours to return, perhaps we’re too moist and humid here. The vaseful of Narcissi is so joyful!

    • Tulips hate summer wet; so yes, my garden is perfect for them. I have some tulips that have been in the ground for 10 years now. Some bulbs split and I’ll show you some that one bulb looks like it has produced 5 or 6 flowering stems, but most just keep growing and producing one large stem.

  6. Blue and yellow is a perfect combination. I like to put my daffs in a blue jug I bought in Corsica. And we have more of your fabulous tulips, I still have most of mine to come although Apricot Beauty is looking pretty good. I love your Akebono.

  7. As beautiful as your Narcissi are, I’m over the moon about that tulip, Christina. No painter could create anything prettier! Spring is arriving in a rush here too, which may be a good thing as summer already seems to be making its presence known from the wings.

  8. Christina I’m sure that your yellow Daffodils will bloom this year. But your Blue Denby Pitcher is also beautiful with white Daffodils and very pale cream, especially if there is Narcissus Thalia between them that is very beautiful. The tulip “Akebono” with its yellow colors and its fine red edge on the petals is divine. I love him. It is a magnificent, fabulous vase. Christina you have an exquisite taste by choosing tulips. Have a beautiful week too. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  9. Those tulips have got it all – lovely shades of yellow and cream, a red tinge and doubles too. I shall make a note of these as they are quite striking. The Narcissi also look great in your blue jug. 🙂

  10. Lovely vases as always Christina (the Denby vase really complements the narcissus colours perfectly). But that tulip is a very special joy, isn’t it? I guess you find that they get the baking to persist from year to year? My own ‘Carnival de Nice’ that I used in a vase last year are back – but they look like they’ll be tiny in comparison.

    • Yes, the tulips really respond well to the hot summer. Most come back each year, some for more than 10 years. Others do split so that one bulb becomes 6 or 7 stems with smaller flowers. I need to divide some of these to let them get larger again, but it is just finding the time!

      • In 2018 I have found my spot in the garden where they bake enough (thought the whole garden was like that!) Unfortunately even the bulbs that I’ve found persistent in the past (China Pink & Queen of the Night have proved less so where I wanted them here … that’s life!

  11. Well my daffodils have been very poor- I don’t feel the wet winter helped them at all, also very low light levels. Lovely to see your N Actea, mine did not appear, though Thalia and the little narcissi are lovely here. That is a beautiful tulip, one for my list, it must look gorgeous en masse.

    • It’s strange I really don’t remember the tulip being quite so gorgeous in its first or second year. Maybe I missed it’s best last year when we were in Matera.

  12. Gorgeous, spring in a blue jug! The mixture of flowers is perfect for the jug. We used to have problems with varmints eating Daffodil bulbs, usually King Alfreds. The tulips are really magnificent love the red edge and would love to see them in the garden.

    • I’ve just been around the garden talking photographs of all the tulips; a post will follow soon when I can find a few minutes to write it!!!! Animals don’t usually eat Narcissus because they are poisonous.

  13. Oh those daffies and blue vase go so well together. ‘Thalia’ is just opening here – slightly late this year methinks. Oh ‘Akebono’ is new to me Christina and what a fine looking tulip 🙂 Such subtle but distinct colours.

  14. Oh, your tulips and narcissus are amazing! I have so many planted but this weather its still like winter here. We have snow as we type. I am ready for a real spring and summer. By the way, I love the blue vase; really makes the yellows pop.

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