In a Vase: Sunny Yellow

the monday vase

Today's vase belies the sudden drop in temperatures here, accompanied by sharp winds. It was warmer at midnight last night than it was at mid-afternoon today, and the temperature is expected to drop into the thirties (single digits Celsius) tonight - not something we've seen for some weeks.


However, the garden has plenty of sunny yellow flowers, most of them well-adapted to cold springtime. So I brought some of their sunshine indoors.

the monday vase

There are still masses of flowers on Senna nemophila.

Senna nemophila

And two clumps of narcissus had fragrant bloom to spare.  On the left is N. x odorus, which is multiplying well after two years in the ground; on the right is an unknown paperwhite with yellow cups.

Narcissus x odorus and noID paperwhite

It's a pity I can't be sure what it is.  It has been reliable in bloom and growth and is quite pretty - just not the white/white variety I was expecting!

paperwhite Narcissus

A touch of gold was added to the vase by Tagetes x 'Gold Medal'.

Tagetes x gold medal

They are all quietly supported by the bright green foliage and pale green-yellow flowers of Eremophila x 'Outback Sunrise', which is now thriving, e.g. spreading rapidly and in need of a trim, in the East Border.

Eremophila x Outback Sunrise

There was also a large yellow marigold, but it was too hefty and short-stemmed to work well, so I gave it to my sister, who slipped it into a vaseful of nasturtiums. 


I used one of my early hand-built vases, an ample size but with a narrow neck that helped support the slim stems of the various flowers.

the Monday vase

With weather veering toward spring across the northern hemisphere, there will likely be more vases on Mondays now as gardeners find more bits to bring indoors. Thanks to Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday to encourage us to bring inside some of the garden's bounty each week!

Narcissus x odorus with Senna nemophila

Weather Diary: Fair; High: 63 F (17 C)/Low: 53 F (12 C); Humidity: 12%-80%

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Comments: 8
  • #1

    Sandra (Tuesday, 20 February 2018 01:07)

    That warmed me up!

  • #2

    Brian Skeys (Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:29)

    A truly spring vase Amy, we are due to have some more winter weather next week. Brrr!

  • #3

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:28)

    Sandra - So glad it did :) Thanks for stopping by, and sorry the URL link got turned off (again!)...

  • #4

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:30)

    Brian - Am thinking about covering a few of the more tropical types for tonight's temperature dip, but I know that's nothing to the 'Siberian' front expected out your way! Hope all goes well with your garden!

  • #5

    Kris P (Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:41)

    We got hit by the cold temperatures and the strong winds even here, Amy. We even got a brief round of hail late yesterday afternoon! Totally weird weather. I love the Senna with the Narcissus in your vase. My paperwhites seem to be done flowering but I'm looking forward to seeing daffodils within the next month or so.

  • #6

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:57)

    Kris - I was very surprised to get a second round of bloom from those paperwhites. I knew some of the bulbs had not yet bloomed, but I put it down to insufficient watering and assumed they were finished for the year. It's been quite nice to find I was wrong! This batch has lasted a little longer too - thanks to the chilly weather!

  • #7

    Chronica Domus (Thursday, 22 February 2018 13:44)


    Your arrangement looks to be very cheery for this time of the year.

    I believe I can identify your narcissus - it may be narcissus Avalanche which happen to be my favorite and grow with abandon in my garden here in San Francisco. Take a look and let me know if you agree (a small vase of them is pictured in my latest blog post and there's a link in the story at the very beginning where I wrote about n. Avalanche last year and their aroma which pleases some an not others:

    I do hope this has solved the mystery of your unidentified little beauties.

  • #8

    Cathy (Saturday, 24 February 2018 14:21)

    Your lovely pottery pot sets these yellows and oranges off perfectly, Amy