In a Vase on Monday. Daffies

It’s that time of year again at last. Cheery daffodils mean spring, although most of us aren’t feeling the usual seasonal euphoria and perhaps Hector’s expression sums up the 2020, spring vibe.  But still, don’t you feel sorry for non-gardeners at the moment?  We are the lucky ones with our own personal paradise and sanctuary where we don’t have to jump out of our skin if anyone coughs. Here in my garden there is just bird song; the sparrows are chattering away in the hedge, the Great Tits have started their rather monotonous song and the robin seems to be singing just for me as I dig. And I have daffodils.


These are the assorted ones which somebody else planted years ago in the orchard and although I have redesigned much of the orchard I still have plenty of daffodils left at the bottom of the garden. They are all different, if I had planted them I would have put drifts of one colour, but still they are lovely. It is funny that the doubled, primped fussy daffodils that we sneer at and would never dream of planting look rather pretty in a vase. I particularly like the ones with frilly coronas; oh no, I just realised I used the ‘c’ word so let’s forget the correct word for now and call it the trumpet.

Elsewhere I planted masses of white ones called Narcissus ‘Mount Hood’. White is perhaps not so spring-like but I do love them. They also have frilly er- trumpets.

Narcissus ‘Mount Hood’

My favourites are the dainty miniatures. In this vase I have a selection of them in bloom now and there are plenty more are still to come.

I love them all but my favourite is the creamy white Narcissus ‘Elka’ on the right.

The one with the orange trumpet is ‘Jetfire’ and the dainty one with reflexed petals is  Narcissus cyclamineus.

Thank you to lovely Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting the meme In a Vase on Monday and helping to take our minds off plagues and Armageddon.

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38 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Daffies

  1. Your flowers are very cheery. Yes, we are lucky to have gardens and mine is going to look really good by the time we get through this. We had to cancel a few trips and will be getting lots done at home.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Cheery daffs! I do feel blessed to live rurally with lots of land upon which to walk, and garden clean up to do. And blogging buddies to reach out to. 🙂

  3. Tina says:

    Correction: you have gorgeous daffodils I love the painting! I do feel for folks who live in big cities, especially those with few options for green space. It’s so important to get out, breath, observe.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Tina, my daughter in law painted the picture, that is my daughter’s dog, Hector looking soleful. For me, living in a city would be a nightmare any time, but right now it must be particularly awful.

  4. Kris Peterson says:

    All are gorgeous. I’m in love with ‘Mount Hood’ and will have to look for it. I agree with you on the value of drifts but I’ve never managed anything other than an assortment of clumps of the same variety.

  5. Love all the Daffodils, living too far south for such things I delight in seeing yours. Thank you! hope you are settling in for a good gardening session and not watching anything with the C word.

    • Chloris says:

      I have indeed been spending most of my time in the garden, and I forget all about c’ for hours at a time. We don’t have a television and we have strictly limited the amount of time we read about it or look on line. I hope you are enjoying your turkey.

      • Liz, my dogs are eating the turkey as I can’t find their food! but that was really why I cooked so much. Hopefully, the brown rice supplies are enough.

  6. Cathy says:

    What a sunny collection of daffodils, Chloris, suggesting a cheerfulness which many will find hard to achieve in the coming weeks and months. You will see from my Coop post that I have some N bulbocodium this year, which I shall plant outside in due course – they are so delicate and pretty, aren’t they?

  7. M.B. Henry says:

    Daffodils are always so cheerful 🙂 Great pictures.

  8. Heyjude says:

    Gorgeous daffs, and thanks for the smile ☺

  9. Brian Skeys says:

    The yellow of the Daffies is very cheering at this time of year, I completely agree with you about being lucky to have a garden to self isolate into.

    • Chloris says:

      We are indeed lucky. I enjoyed the video tour of your garden Brian. When the wind drops and the sun comes out maybe I will try to do one. Today though, we keep getting hailstorms and even snow.

  10. tonytomeo says:

    Of all the daffodils that I have grown, ‘Mount Hood’ was the only one that I actually selected myself for my own garden. Afterward, I realize that white was not such a good color for that particular application, but I really did enjoy the flowers anyway. They really seemed to be clear white, without that soft creamy center that they typically exhibit. Wow, I really could grow those again.

    • Chloris says:

      I love white daffodils; as well as Mount Hood I am fond of the smaller ones such as Thalia, Toto and little Snow Baby.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Mount Hood was an easy choice for me (even though King Alfred would have looked better in that landscape). White is my favorite color, and King Alfred is my favorite daffodil. Mount Hood was like both combined. Because the landscapes here are so big, we tend to plant those with bigger flowers. However, the last daffodils were dropped off by a neighbor who wanted more of them on the main road. Another neighbor wanted Thalia too, and I certainly would not object. Even if no one drops any off, we could purchase some next year. Because I know nothing of landscape design, it is better to let those who notice such things select what they would like.

  11. Cathy says:

    Mmm, gorgeous! There is something for everyone in those mixed bunches. I love Elka and you have reminded me to seek some out to put in the new garden. I have plenty of short ones like Jetfire, but need more taller ones. Your daffodil jug is lovely too. 🙂

  12. Mount Hood is gorgeous. I shall add it to my Thalia and Ice Follies next year I think!

  13. ‘Mount Hood’ is an elegant white, and ‘Jetfire’ is quite zippy. We don’t have Daffodil blooms but lots of little green fingers sticking up out of the soil, so it won’t be too long.

  14. snowbird says:

    Oh, life without a garden would be intolerable, especially now! Ahhhh….dear Hector, fab painting by your DIL. Loving all the daffs and the trumpets although they still have a Trump in there which always has my shoulders up!xxx

    • Chloris says:

      And days like yesterday you woudn’t want to be anywhere else but your own garden. Heaven! Yes, Beatrice has really captured Hector’s wistful expression. You are right, we need a new word to describe the inside of a daffodil, the existing ones have too many unpleasant associations.

  15. Cathy says:

    Yes – isn’t it wonderful that we have the peace of our gardens to restore us. Your daffs are so very cheering. Thanks. I love Mount Hood.

  16. Anna says:

    I have enjoyed your vases full of daffodils Chloris whilst supping my morning coffee. A sunny and cheerful image. Yes we are fortunate to have gardens and to be content pottering about outside. I feel desperately sorry for people who live in accommodation without any access to outside space especially if they are confined to home 😔

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