In a Vase, on Monday – late spring

Right on schedule, lilacs are in full bloom right now in my part of Canada. We spent some time on Saturday toodling around the county, windows down, just breathing in the deliciously scented air. So you’d think this would be the week any vase of cut flowers from around here would feature nothing but lilacs.


I was making my garden rounds early Friday morning, and caught a whiff of Narcissus ‘Quail’ – a tall but small cupped daffodil with the fragrance of a less strong paper white. In another part of the garden, Narcissus poeticus is in full bloom, and these daffs also have a distinct fragrance – mildly clove-like, to me. Since the Quail are all but finished for the year and the Poet’s daff will only be around another week or so I cut a few stems of each, adding some Camassia Quamash to the vase. (You can read more about this gorgeous Camassia here; funny thing, they don’t seem to do that well as a cut flower…)

Every Monday Cathy at Rambling in the Garden invites us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens. You may even find a lilac or two there!


  1. I am increasingly being tempted by the Narcissus poeticus – like Cathy, I find the ‘eye’ fascinating. What a glorious blue the camassia is. Lilacs are flowering around here too but daffodils have been over for quite a few weeks. Thanks for sharing your vase, Chris

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  2. What a wonderful picture your conjured of your Saturday sojourn sniffing out lilacs! I can’t say you’d ever find me with my car windows rolled down sniffing the air in Los Angeles County πŸ˜‰ The yellow, white and blue combination in your vase is lovely despite lacking lilacs.

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    1. We’ve dodged that heat wave being experienced by the U.S. east coast, only 14/58 farenheit today, and the bulbs are quite happy about that. I don’t think the tomatoes, waiting to be planted, are too thrilled though πŸ˜†

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  3. A beautiful arrangement and I like that blue vase too :). Poet’s daffodils flower around the end of April here. Just made a little YT video to celebrate their beauty. Camassia are fab too but as they flower from bottom to top (like Asphodelus) I usually admire them in the long grass. Yours look way more suitable for the vase though being more compact.

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