In a Vase on Monday: Prima Ballerina

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It’s a shimmering-sea, wispy-clouds-in-the-blue-sky kind of day today and far too lovely to be indoors doing chores. I’ve been outside planting (belatedly) a load of Anemone coronaria corms, doing my morning snail patrol in the greenhouse (three suckers dispatched) and picking a few choice blooms for my Monday vase.

The tulips are strutting their stuff in the spring sunshine – they lift my spirits so. I can’t quite articulate why they give me such pleasure. I think it’s partly because they are so graceful with the blooms held aloft on upright stems. I love their perkiness. My stand-out favourite is ‘Ballerina’ and I’ve included two in my vase. The other tulip is ‘Brown Sugar’. One day I will have so many tulips that I can pick armfuls of them without denting the impact in the garden and have vases of them all over the house. One day…

The three narcissi blooms are ‘Felindre’, another favourite. The flower-head starts off palest of pale yellows, folded and nodding, almost like a fritillary, and then unfurls, opening out into a bright white with lovely orange-edged cup. The bonus is that they’re also deliciously scented. I’ve included a few sprigs of forget-me-nots which are looking particularly lovely in the garden right now, a snip of Euphorbia (unknown variety) and a few pieces of honeysuckle foliage (also unknown).

Cathy has some lovely tulips in her Monday vase, so do pop over to have a look and at other vases from around the globe.

Just a quick reference back to my previous post which resulted in some interesting and lovely comments (thank you) and provoked much thought here. I suspect it’s one of those subjects that could be debated until the cows come home 🙂  Have a great week.