Sorry if the title sounds a bit apocalyptic but we are coming to the end of the Narcissi although there are a few jonquils still left to open. I brought out my daffodil vase for the last airing of the season.
The orange of N. ‘Barrett Browning’ trumpet is a bit bright but it tones with the foliage of Amelanchier lamarckii and the bronze leaves of Spiraea ‘Gold Flame’.
I have an Amelanchier lamarckii tree which is looking wonderful today against a blue sky.
Elsewhere I chopped one down because it had grown too tall and now I have a multi-stemmed bush.
I don’t much like Spiraea japonica ‘Gold Flame’ because later on the foliage becomes yellow and the flowers are pink which is a horrible combination. But I do like the bronze spring leaves.
The other foliage is from the marbled leaves of Pittospermum tenuifolium ‘Elizabeth’.
Readers of my blog will know that I am very fond of Pussy Willow and this little one is the last of them to produce it furry heads. It belongs to Salix ‘Nancy Saunders’ which is a very refined sort of salix with burgundy stems and delicate leaves.
I think the peachy shade of Narcissus ‘Katie Heath’ is much more delicate than ‘Barrett Browning’.
I seem to have an abundance of the double Narcissus ‘White Lion’ in the garden planted by somebody else, but it is fine for a vase as it is scented.
As you can see I couldn’t resist including a little polyanthus and the first cowslip.
I love Narcissus with reflexed petals and this next one ‘Itzim’ is a favourite.
Everyone loves the white flowers of Narcissus ‘Thalia’ and the triandrus Narcissus ‘Petrel’ is very similar. It has late flowering flowers which smell delicious.
Narcissus ‘W.P. Milner’ has creamy flowers. and a compact habit, it is a heritage daffodil dating back to 1869.
I love the lemon and white flowers of ‘Pipit’, in fact it is my current favourite.
It is a perfect match for the creamy hyacinth.
I wanted to make this vase as fragrant as possible so as well as the sweet smelling narcissi and hyacinth I used a sprig of Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca ‘Citrina’ which seems to bloom non- stop. The pale lemon matches ‘Pipit’ too.
Epimedium sulphureum is the same lemony colour. I left it a bit late to cut the old leaves off this year and so I beheaded this sprig.
And for an extra blast of fragrance I used Skimmia confusa ‘Kew Green’.
Oh dear, I just counted up and that is seven trumpets. My Biblical knowledge is a little hazy but I seem to remember that there were seven trumpets to be sounded one after the other to mark the apocalypse. I had better go outside and find another daffodil. Mind you, there is a rather an apocalyptic feel in the UK at the moment with all this Brexit mess, we feel we are about to step off the edge of a cliff. But some people seem to be facing it with equanimity. Overheard in our village store: I am really looking forward to Brexit, it will be lovely to get our feet and inches back’. As the bard said: ‘Oh brave new world that has such creatures in it’. Personally, I sometimes feel that I have landed on the wrong planet. But I don’t mind stupidity really, it’s the solipsism of the ‘I just want my country back‘ sort of racism that I find hard to swallow. But here I go breaking my nothing ‘personal, nothing political’ blog rule.
Anyway, I found this sport growing off W.M. Milner, it is a bit of an aberration with a messy flower, but at least we now have 8 kinds of trumpets. Perhaps it will save us from the apocalypse.
Please check out Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the Garden where you will find lovely fritillaries and no rant. And there will be plenty of other ‘In a Vase on Monday’ posts to enjoy with lots of spring flowers.