In a Vase: Which Season?

In yesterday's post the first of the Narcissus flowers were in bloom under the Acacia tree.  This morning I found the first fully open blooms on the double yellow "Golden Rain".  While I knew that "Autumn Colors" was a very early bloomer, I am more surprised by "Golden Rain".  But whatever the season, the narcissus are definitely a presence in the garden now.


So today I decided to go ahead and cut that first stalk of bloom from "Autumn Colors" for my Monday vase.

Many more florets had opened in the meantime, so they made a ladder like this, with Lavandula x intermedia.

To combine with the fresh, creamy white of the narcissus, I cut a cluster from Pandorea jasminoides, which I am growing in a pot on the patio.  These blooms are very white, and I think they must be P. j. alba though the pot was not fully labelled.

I also added Tagetes lemmonii x lucida "Gold Medal" - a great deal of name for a plant of simple beauty.

And there are a few lemon-tipped puffs from Acacia salicina.

For all the variety, this was a slender handful of flowers and fit (mostly) in one of my smallest bud vases, a slim-necked vase whose blue-green glaze is accented with streaks from a flow glaze applied to the top section.


It all seemed very fresh and, honestly, rather spring-like.  Surprisingly so for the last Monday of November!

Thank you to Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday each week at Rambling in the Garden!

Weather Diary: Partly cloudy; High: 77 F (25 C)/Low: 50 F (10 C); Humidity: 21%-50%

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Comments: 14
  • #1

    Karen (Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:21)

    Wow, so pretty. So lovely to have a sign of spring as we are going into winter. I will add a weather diary to my posts as yours is so interesting . All the best. Karen

  • #2

    Cathy (Tuesday, 28 November 2017 07:25)

    A crossover autumn/spring vase Amy! LOL! It is so refreshing to see Narcissi alongside lavender and Tagetes. Beautifully arranged in that gorgeous vase!

  • #3

    Kris P (Tuesday, 28 November 2017 12:11)

    After seeing your Acacia blooms in the earlier post, I found myself taking a good hard look at an Acacia during a quick swing through my local garden center yesterday. If only I could figure out where to put it...

  • #4

    Cathy (Tuesday, 28 November 2017 13:47)

    What a delight it was to see your narcissi and what a pretty thing this Golden Rain is - such a gentle colour and your other blooms compement it perfectly. Overall you have got such a balanced vase, both in shape and content

  • #5

    Diana Studer (Tuesday, 28 November 2017 15:53)

    You have an artist's eye for combining shapes and colours to give us a perfect arrangement.

  • #6

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:41)

    Karen - Thanks so much! The early narcissus varieties are exceeding my expectations - a very good thing as many bulbs have been difficult in this garden! Glad you like the weather diary idea; I've found it invaluable, especially since it allows me to easily see what was going on in the garden at the same time. :)

  • #7

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:25)

    Cathy@Words and Herbs - Thanks very much! :) I was surprised by the combination myself but, oh, so happy to have them all in bloom!

  • #8

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:29)

    Kris - That acacia has been a mixed blessing as it never has learned to stand without support. I keep trying, but if I take away its post it tumbles into the Euphorbia below. Also the shade is quite dense. I've been thinking of replacing it with a Palo Verde, but haven't made up my mind to do it yet. It would be hard with it in full flower...

  • #9

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:33)

    Cathy@Rambling in the Garden - Thank you, Cathy! You know I love to combine tiny flowers, and most of these were just that! :) The exception was the Pandorea, which I really wasn't sure about cutting. In fact I made up the vase quickly and photographed it quicker for fear the Pandorea would collapse. Two days later the Tagetes are all but gone, but the Pandorea is looking great! :)

  • #10

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:33)

    Diana - Thanks for the lovely compliment! :)

  • #11

    Annette (Thursday, 30 November 2017 05:51)

    Oh Amy, my heart just skipped a beat! Your delicate arrangement is just so pretty and has induced an untimely longing for spring in my soul that is quite fearful of the cold. Wish I could spend the winter in your part of the world. That daffodil is too charming and there aren't many that can combine them with Lavender. Well done!

  • #12

    Donna@GardensEyeView (Thursday, 30 November 2017 15:32)

    I love the structure of this vase as it rises to a slender top, like the shape of the vase....beautiful!

  • #13

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Friday, 01 December 2017 10:09)

    Many thanks, Annette! It is such a lovely spot in the wintertime - stop fill of sunshine and warmth. I hope someday you can come enjoy it! :) I have to laugh about putting the daffodils with lavender, but there they were: both in bloom at the same time, so why not?! ;-) The season has been generous!

  • #14

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Friday, 01 December 2017 10:11)

    Thank you so much, Donna! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :-)