There are some marvelous scents in the garden now. A few more stems of the unknown Narcissus tazetta have opened, and the light but rich fragrance of Senna nemophila hovers at the end of the garden. Even more special, the smell of lemon blossom is just beginning to wrap the lemon tree in springtime.
So I decided to combine the three in a vase.
First, the narcissus...
...then the Senna with its simple yellow cups and chocolate stamens...
...and lastly a bit of lemon blossom. The buds are still mostly closed, but hopefully they will scent the kitchen as they open. Our lemons here are entirely seasonal, so the period of lemon blossom is a wonderful time to itself. All the more so as the lemons only ripen a short time before, giving us a treeful of fruit and blossom at once!
The vase I made years ago; it was handthrown in a drop shape and the glaze colored with copper.
Everything was arranged rather quickly, but I know this vase will scent the kitchen for days. Thank you to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for encouraging us garden bloggers to bring some of spring's abundance indoors!
Weather Diary: Fair; High: 67 F (19 C)/Low: 48 F (9 C)
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Derek Grant (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 07:13)
Another beautiful, elegant post.........
Loree (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:29)
A beautiful combo, in just the perfect vase!
Kris P (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 12:15)
I love that Senna more every time I see it!
Cathy (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 14:14)
Your lemon tree sounds delightful, with blossom and fruit at the same time, and your citrussy colours today just shout 'sunshine' and 'blue skies'! How lovely that they will perfume your kitchen for days :)
Cathy (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:53)
So pretty Amy! Wish I could smell the lemon blossom.....
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 23:34)
Thank you so much, Derek! Hope you have a great Wednesday :)
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 23:40)
Thanks so much, Loree! That is one of my older vases but still a favorite, so maybe I need to start making that glaze again... ;-)
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 23:42)
Me too, Kris ;-) It makes me want to try more Sennas...
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 23:46)
Cathy@Rambling in the Garden - I am sitting here smelling it right now... ;-) It's turned into a lovely spring here, but temperatures are expected to drop a bit this week, which may not help my direct-sown seeds... :-/
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 23:48)
Cathy@Words and Herbs - I wish I could post the scent! But the narcissus is still the main smell in the bouquet... ;-)
Annette (Friday, 24 February 2017 05:37)
Hi Amy, this vase is pure awesome and the blue goes so well with the yellow flowers. I'm a big lover of tazetta narcissus, my favourite being 'Geranium' which flowers profusely in my garden...and that scent, to die for...almost that is, but honestly I spend lots of time on my knees to inhale its perfume. Pure bliss! Have a good weekend xx
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 25 February 2017 10:38)
Annette - I am glad to know I am not the only one who enjoys narcissus mostly on their knees ;-) 'Geranium' must go on my to-grow list. I have also planted a tazetta x poeticus variety that I have great hopes for... buds just beginning to show now! Happy weekend :)
Kate (Tuesday, 28 February 2017 18:56)
This is such a sweet bouquet and beautiful arranged in your lovely vase. I really must try these Tazetta next year. I never got around to it last year but I'm sure there must be some I can grow here.
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:27)
Kate - So pleased you like it :) Despite all my confusion, I believe that narcissus was some sort of paperwhite, and they do seem to thrive here without any chill. I'm also waiting to find out how my little N. x odorus come through this spring, which will be their second. I'm sure you'll see plenty of them if they bloom well... ;-)