In a Vase on Monday. A Whiter Shade of Pale.

In spring the garden is full of yellow flowers which is cheerful but not exactly subtle.



So today I felt in the mood for some pure white and maybe some delicate cream. We all love white flowers; Vita Sackville West’s white garden at Sissinghurst must be one of the most imitated. I don’t have a white garden but I always have plenty of white flowers.

Today is Monday, the day that Cathy at Rambling in the  Garden asks us to share a vase of flowers from the garden.  So I pulled out my shiny  black vase and filled it with cream and white and off-white off flowers and I am pleased with the frothy effect.


I have lots of different daffodils in the garden which I didn’t plant and I am not sure of their names. I love the frilly trumpets of  this one.


The orange makes a jarring note on this next one but it is quite dainty and is scented. I think the large white one might be ‘Mount Hood’.

My favourite is Narcissus ‘Thalia’ which I have planted all over the garden.

Narcissus ‘Thalia’

I am not so keen on the double ones but these are a nice creamy colour.

Leucojum aestivum is great for a vase and they grow like weeds in my garden.

The creamy flower above is Skimmia x confusa ‘Kew Green’ which is deliciously fragrant. The one below is ‘Kew White’. Skimmias are easy from cuttings so I have them dotted about the garden with white, cream or pink flowers.

Skimmia confusa ‘Kew White’ with Euonymus ‘Emerald Gaiety’

Ribes sanguineum ‘White icicle’ adds a bit of froth and looks good with the Skimmia x confusa.


I have been in a bit of a rush today but it is always worth taking a few minutes to make sure we bring some flowers inside to enjoy, specially if we have the bonus of delicious scent. So many thanks to Cathy for encouraging us all to take the time to bring some of the garden indoors.

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40 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. A Whiter Shade of Pale.

  1. snowbird says:

    Such a beautiful vase and posy. I do love white flowers.xxx

  2. bcparkison says:

    Lovely . Your garden must be popping out .

  3. White is somehow classy looking. I love your selection especially Thalia. Yes

  4. Kris P says:

    I love that daffodil with the ruffled trumpet and the foliage of the Euonymus sets off the flowers nicely. I wish I had some variegated foliage that would serve a similar purpose – or rather, I wish the variegated foliage I do have, Pittosporum tobira, didn’t carry an unsavory scent that has me hesitate to use it in anything but a very small scale.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, I don’t normally take much notice of that euonymus but it goes perfectly with white flowers. I have Pittospermum tobira too, I have never noticed the smell, but they have very sweet smelling flowers.

  5. Peter Herpst says:

    I love your frothy white softer-side-of-spring arrangement. So very pretty!

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Peter, frothy white seems appropriate this year. I have never seen the hedgerows look so wonderful, afroth with blackthorn and wild plum.

  6. Cathy says:

    I admire you for sticking to a colour scheme for your vase today! There must be so many other flowers in your garden that you could have picked to add! I love Thalia too. Still waiting for mine to flower though.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, restraint isn’t usually a feature of my ‘cram ’em in’ method of flower arranging. But I think cream and white flowers only need a bit of nice green foliage to give of their best. Thalia is a real gem.

  7. I am with you on Thalia, but in your vase my eye was drawn helplessly to the Skimmia. So now I am going to have a go buy one and try some cuttings.

  8. Thalia is my favourite too, such a pure white. As always a lovely display and I love the vase too! You always deliver (unlike Amazon).

  9. Cathy says:

    Your mosaic of whites is wonderful Chloris – what a good way to show them off, and popping your white in the black vase is agood idea, giving a most classic result. I looked at some of these ‘different’ skimmias when I was filling my semi-shaded border but they were out of stock at the time so perhaps I will take another look this year

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Cathy. Skimmias are good value, with lovely buds and fragrant flowers. They have glossy leaves and nice red berries too if you cater for their sex lives. Most varieties are either male or female although a few are hermaphodite.

  10. Flighty says:

    Lovely, I really like white flowers. Thalia is a favourite of mine, and like you I’m not keen on the double varieties. xx

  11. Christina says:

    White flowers are always a favourite with me, if I could only choose one (colour) for my flowers it would be white.

  12. Martha Strain says:

    Thalia was my mother’s favorite, and it is my favorite. Seeing all of these whites is dazzling! I need to add more!

  13. Lovely. I don’t know where to start–it’s all so dreamy. I can’t wait to have flowers from my garden for a vase. 🙂

  14. Eliza Waters says:

    So pretty – there is always such great variety in your garden. I esp. love the shot of all the naturalized narcissi.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Eliza. When we came there was a whole orchard with a sea of daffodils but that is the only corner left as I used the space for new projects.

  15. This would make lovely bridal bouquet, I think Thalia is my favorite – agreeing with many gardeners on that.

  16. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful materials in your vase. I love white flowers and you have so many gorgeous ones. Narcissus ‘Thalia’ is my favorite—mine are blooming now too. Have a great week.

  17. Love these white spring flowers – Primula, Narcissus (especially ‘Thalia’), Anemone. So fresh and elegant. Beautiful arrangement.

  18. Chloris says:

    Thank you Jason. As somebody said they are bridal colours which is appropriate for you as you have had a wedding in the family.

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