In a Vase, on Monday – D & H

We went from late winter to late spring in the space of about 10 days, ending yesterday, as temperatures soared to the high 20’s with nothing but sunshine every day. This brought an end to the snowdrops but encouraged almost every other spring bulb to shoot for the sky and open, much to the bliss of multitudes of bees and other pollinators. We’re back down to normal this week – highs around nine or 10, a bit of frost overnight, possibly a few wet flurries…enough of a cool down to put a check on the blooms, which means they’ll last longer. Good by me!

This explosion of colour means I’ll be able to join Cathy at Rambling In The Garden, who, every Monday, invites us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens. The heat also meant it’s G & T season again…and I thought this cute tonic bottle would be perfect, repurposed to hold a few of the larger daffodils:

The ‘D & H’ in my title refers to Daffs and Hyacinths – I love this colour combo if Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ and Hyacinth ‘Woodstock:’

Spring clean up in the yard and gardens stared in earnest over the weekend and will continue over the next few weeks…have a great day everyone!


  1. That’s an astonishingly quick turnaround in conditions, Chris – we haven’t reached 20 degrees yet, and I don’t think it is forecast at all this month. You must be thrilled to have your bulbs performing again – I like Woodstock too and grow it in a pot most years, but this year went for a pink instead, unless the supplier got it wrong!

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  2. ‘Woodstock’ was the first of the not so basic colors that I can remember. When I was a kid, catalogues offered the old fashioned hyacinth in basic white, pink, (light) red, (pastel) orange, yellow and blue. Purple and purple striped with lighter purple were big news when they became available. ‘Woodstock’ is an old cultivar, but was unavailable from catalogues here until about 1980.

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  3. A beautiful vase! That was a lovely start to spring for you Chris, and I can appreciate the bonus that it is cooler so the flowers last. We sometimes have a spell like that in March, or even earlier, but this year has just been damp and cold so far! Enjoy your spring tidy up!

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  4. I can’t grow hyacinths but I don’t think I’ve ever even seen one with that lovely raspberry color before even online. I’m glad your temperatures cooled following that unexpected hike so you can enjoy your lovely spring blooms for awhile.

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