In a Vase on Monday. The Last Trumpets.

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’.

Narcissus ‘Barrett Browing’

Amelanchier lamarckii

I have an Amelanchier lamarckii tree which is looking wonderful today against a blue sky.

Amelanchier lamarckii

Elsewhere I chopped one down because it had grown too tall and now I have a multi-stemmed bush.

Amelanchier lamarckii

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.

Spiraea japonica ‘Goldflame’

The other foliage is from the marbled leaves of Pittospermum tenuifolium ‘Elizabeth’.

Pittospermum tenuifolium ‘Elizabrth’

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.

Salix ‘Nancy Saunders’

I think the peachy shade of Narcissus ‘Katie Heath’ is much more delicate than ‘Barrett Browning’.

Narcissus ‘Katie Heath’

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.

Narcissus ‘White Lion’

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.

Narcissus ‘Itzim’

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 ‘Petrel’

Narcissus ‘W.P. Milner’ has creamy flowers. and a compact habit, it is a heritage daffodil dating back to 1869.

Narcissus ‘W.P. Milner’

I love the lemon and white flowers of ‘Pipit’, in fact it is my current favourite.

Narcissus ‘Pipit’

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.

Coronilla  valentina subsp. glauca ‘Citrina’

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.

Epimedium sulphureum

And for an extra blast of fragrance I used Skimmia confusa ‘Kew Green’.

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.

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45 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. The Last Trumpets.

  1. bcparkison says:

    Well it is coming sooner or later …the apocalypse that is.This world is surely in a mess but then it always has been.
    All of my early Yellow is long gone and something terrible has happened to the Jasmine that was just begining to put on new leaves. It looks dead as a door nail.I Oh well.. win some ..lose some just don’t think we had that much cold.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, there have always been wars and messes but I think we liked to imagine we were getting more civilised; fairer and kinder. Oh what a shame about your jasmine, have you had some hard frosts?

  2. AlisonC says:

    Thank you for saving us. Could you just pop up to No10 and bang a few heads together?
    I’m making notes on all these lovely trumpets as I want more next year. I don’t think I could choose a favourite. Do they come back for you year after year? Thank you for sharing.

    • Chloris says:

      That’s just what they need, heads banging together. There don’t seem to be any grown ups in charge of it all. Yes, all these daffodils come back year after year and increase.

  3. Sam says:

    I do find myself shaking my head in utter bewilderment and raising my eyebrows several times a day. Feet and inches? Really?! Sigh. Back to much more worthwhile subjects, your flowers are gorgeous. I’m very taken with N.’Pipit’ and N.’Petrel’ – they’re lovely.

  4. Your vase looks like a Dutch painting. I hope things work out for you all.

    • Chloris says:

      Oh thank you. I was looking at some Dutch paintings recently in an art gallery and thought it would be fun to try to recreate one with real flowers one day. The trouble is that so many artists used flowers from each season all together.

  5. Cathy says:

    Come come, that was hardly a rant, Chloris – but the fact that you needed to pop it into your vase with other trumpets implies a lot…including the foolhardiness of another referendum if these comments are not isolated incidents. Hey ho, we will still have our gardens whatever is finally resolved. How kind of you to show us your lovely daffodil vase again, filling it with all these fragrant spring offerings for our (and your) delectation. Thank you

    • Chloris says:

      I edited a bit and toned it down, I don’t want to lose half my followers. I know this is an issue that divides the country. There should never have been a referendum in the first place. Apart from people who think they will get feet and inches back, none of us are politically sophisticated enough to understand the implications of Brexit. But you are right, we are the lucky ones, we have our gardens.

  6. Christina says:

    I hardly think of anything but the politics of Brexit at the moment. I rant all the time, we are lucky to have our gardens to bring us some peace and calm and some hard work to keep ourselves from going mad. I imagine that most people under 35 don’t even know what feet and inches are!!! Surely they won’t come back?! The daffodil vase is gorgeous and I’m glad you managed to find another trumpet to save us all.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Christina. It’s funny how some people imagine a post Brexit world as a golden 1950s world with half -crowns and threepenny bits, yards, feet and inches and honey still for tea . And of course, an Empire.

  7. Kris P says:

    I love the delicate yellow tones, as well as the splash of bright orange. Your trumpets make a beautiful collection and I’m glad to hear that you’ve saved us from apocalypse. Brexit is routinely covered on the news on this side of the pond too. Depressing as it’s been to observe the difficulties the UK has had in reaching any form of consensus, we face much the same kind of mess here with the Divider-in-Chief endlessly spreading chaos while one party tries to coat the mess with meaningless platitudes and the other party divides itself into ever-smaller cliques. We’ve got 575 days to go until our 2020 election and I’m not sure how I’m going to make it through with my sanity intact.

    • Chloris says:

      Oh I know Kris, I follow the antics of your orange fûhrer with just as much despair as I follow the insanity of Brexit. But we are the lucky ones, we have our gardens; magical places to escape to.

  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Well, if there is going to be an apocalypse, I’d want to go with a vase like this sitting on my table. 😉 It’s gorgeous!

  9. Thank you for all of the spring bulbs, we have Amaryllis here and that is about all. Two colors! I love all the shades of yellow and cream. Our latest bumper sticker “Any Functioning Adult 2020” I think ya’ll need some as well.

  10. Joanna says:

    I like your title!! It’s hard for me to believe that so many of you are at the height of your spring flower season, or even beyond it! My garden is still under about 2 feet of snow.

  11. I love Daffodils and Jonquils. Mine are just getting going, although they don’t seem as plentiful as previous years. We had a strange winter. Still, any blooms are fabulous, and this time of year is always hopeful. Happy spring!

  12. smallsunnygarden says:

    I do love all your trumpets in your daffodil vase, and it looks rather like an Old Masters painting to me too. I’ve somehow never had the nerve to grow a daff with such an unabashedly orange trumpet as Barret Browning, but you make it look quite at home with the rest. What a lot of beautiful springtime, and it’s been so long since I’ve really smelled some of those scents that I can’t even quite get my imagination to work on it. Must remedy that with my plantings this autumn… Having grown up with an abusive mother who was all ‘into prophecy’, I avoid thinking about those trumpets much; but I quite agree about the apocalyptic feeling of things at the moment. Hope the saner elements of your country and ours can find a way back out of the mess, but one wonders how long that will take… Meantime, thank goodness for flowers!

    • Chloris says:

      Barrett Browning was here when we arrived. It is nice to have a bit of vibrance amongst all the yellows. Yes, thank goodness for flowers indeed.

  13. Brilliant and such a selection of pretty pale daffs. I’ve made a note of ‘Katie Heath’ and ‘Petrel’. Living near Cambridge, I am surrounded by like minded Remainers, which can make it hard to understand where all the Exit enthusiasm comes from.

  14. Frog says:

    Votre vase de narcisses et jonquilles est une véritable peinture ! Je vais noter les variétés, pour le plaisir et dans l’espoir d’avoir un jour assez de place pour vous imiter. Brexit is such an unbelievable awful self-inflicted mess. I’d better not start on that subject… but I want to thank you for writing what you did in your post and your comments. If I get kicked out of this country I want to remember there are people like you in Britain, with gardens to match what I would call la noblesse de leur cœur.

    • Chloris says:

      Merci, vous étes trés gentille. Je crois que même si le pire scenario se présente vous avez le droit de rester içi. Mais espérons toujours que le bon sens prévaudra. En tout cas, moi, je reste Européene. Je déteste le chauvinisme.
      il ne faut pas beaucoup de place pour planter des narcisses, ils disparaissent pendant l’été.

      • Frog says:

        C’est vrai mais je plante les miens en pot, je n’aime pas les feuilles une fois que les fleurs ont fané… et je ne sais pas trop où mettre ces pots. 😁

  15. krcc says:

    gorgeous! love that katie heath one!

  16. Beth says:

    What a lovely variety of narcissus you have in your gardens, Chloris! It’s nice to see all the flowering shrubs and other early spring blooms in your gardens too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful bouquets! Best, -Beth

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, I was lucky that the orchard was planted with hundreds of daffodils. I got rid of most of the orchard to make room for all my new projects but I still have plenty of daffodils. I hope spring has finally arrived for you and you can say a final goodbye to all that snow.

  17. Best ever, I think. White and yellow is always my favorite combo and the pop of orange makes it perfect. And such a great celebration on the season!

  18. snowbird says:

    You rant away, we are all people and entitled too. I have the news off all the time now, so sick of world news, and UK news.
    But….what about all those treasures? I swear I can smell them from here as I have a few in a vase at the moment, not as nice as yours, but still gorgeous to me and soooo fragrant. Just love pipit! You chop trees down, goodness….respect, I’m hopeless at chopping, it pretty exhausting after ten swings of an axe! xxx

    • Chloris says:

      Oh, goodness no, I didn’t chop them down personally, they were huge. I had men with chain saws and ropes and root grinders. I saw your spring flowers and your lovely vase, you have lots of treasures too.

  19. tonytomeo says:

    Yellow foliage is bad enough, but with the pink flowers really is that much worse. Who thought that was a good idea?
    Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Elizabeth’ is something that someone recommended to me recently as an alternative to ‘Marjorie Channon’, but I prefer the unvariegated straight species, and wanted the height of it anyway. I really should get acquainted with it though, just because I have not seen it in action yet.
    Pussy willow is something that is somehow completely absent from out landscapes! We have so many native willows that I cut down regularly, as well as a few exotics, including a golden weeping willow (not my idea), but not a single pussy willow. They are very rare here anyway, but I really should get one for one of the many riparian areas.
    Anyway, I doubt that eighth trumpet will help, although it is still a good day today.

  20. I’m glad you ended up with a safe number of Trumpet Daffodils. It may not help, but you never know. I love ‘Barrett Browning’ – very nice contrast. I know what you mean about Brexit, but there is obviously a lot of thinking of that sort on this side of the Atlantic as well. I sometimes think we should organize an Ignorance Pride Parade – people are no longer embarrassed by what they don’t know, they are proud of it. In fact, they believe that their ignorance is just as good as anybody else’s expertise. This is the peculiar sort of populism of our age.

  21. A delightful display of daffodils Chloris and I like your vase too . I’m ashamed to confess I still think in terms of feet and inches but then maybe I’m revealing my age 🙂 With an English father and an Italian mother I have always thought of myself as European so I’ve been most despondent for some time. Rant on!

  22. pbmgarden says:

    Enjoyed your lovely bouquet of trumpets and companions and appreciated your brief digression.

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