In A Vase On Monday—Spring Bulbs

Each Monday Cathy from Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.


Spring is in full swing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Pure white Thalia daffodils and graceful stems of Leucojum brighten the outside borders and form the basis of today’s arrangement.

I hadn’t grown tulips in years but last fall decided to try give them a try again.  Perhaps they would have fared better with pre-chilling in the refrigerator; their growth is stunted with the flowers opening at ground level. A few in pots did a little better. Despite short stems these Negrita tulips  have a beautiful rich color and I am happy to have a few to include in a vase.

Mr. Fokker anemone is just starting to flower and the rich bluish purple is strong against the red tulips.


A hellebore from last week’s vase complements the tulip color.

Several sprigs of Candytuft and a dozen stems of muscari provide more texture.


Anemone De Caen ‘Mr Fokker’
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Iberis (candytuft)
Leucojum aestivum (summer snowflake)
Muscari ‘Armeniacum’
Narcissus ‘Thalia’
Tulip Triumph ‘Negrita’
Hand thrown ceramic bowl, periwinkle blue glaze


Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

26 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Spring Bulbs

  1. Christina

    Very, very elegant. I really don’t know how you manage to get tall flowers to stand so well using pins, mine always fall over. Really love the effect of this.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Christina. A few stems bent close to the cut end. I just kept trimming. Conditioned them too before arranging but only for a short time.

  2. Cathy

    Oh those Thalia look absolutely stunning in ‘bulk’ like that, Susie, and the iris foliage makes an appropriate contrast to show them off even better. Your other spring bulbs just make ithe vase even better – lovely stuff, and thank you for sharing

  3. Kris P

    I wouldn’t have thought it possible but I swear your skills as a floral designer get better with every arrangement, Susie. I absolutely love this one. Both the color mix and the positioning of the flowers are perfect. Each element is allowed to shine.

  4. Cathy

    What a beautiful arrangement Susie! Your tulips are really pretty and the anemones are as gorgeous as ever. When I saw the first photo I took a deep breath, expecting to smell their delicious scent! 😉

  5. tonytomeo

    Leucojums are what I tried to pass off as snowdrops. I have never grown snowdrops, so they are the closest I have. Now that I got them, they are multiplying at an alarming rate.


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