Every Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase with materials gathered from our gardens.
‘King Alfred’ daffodils continue to open around the garden. I grabbed a few minutes this afternoon to pluck a couple handfuls and place them in an earth-toned ceramic container. I bought the vase one spring day many years ago at an Apple Chill Festival on downtown Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street. I scanned back through pictures and I believe the last time I used it for a Monday vase was 2015.
One non-Alfred with pale yellow petals made its way into the vase as well, it’s name long forgotten.
Narcissus ‘King Alfred’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Glazed ceramic pot
The daffodils are nicely scented and it’s hard to overstate how cheerful they are. Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting each week. Visit her blog to see her hellebores and check out others’ vases from many parts of the world.
A wonderful vase of cheer! I think your extra bloom is ‘Ice Follies’, just as reliable a cultivar as ‘King Alfred.’
Thanks for the ID. I wondered about Ice Follies, I did have some have one time.
Wow, that is awesome! I probably mentioned a field of these near my Pa’s home in Montara. They were originally installed in rows for cut flower production, but had been abandoned decades earlier. Weirdly, a developer built a house in the middle of the field, and had ALL the daffodils exterminated before selling the house! No one knows what was done to the daffodils, but they died completely and were never seen again.
Such a sad ending for those daffodils. Can’t imagine why they wouldn’t have been considered an asset.
I realized after sending that message that I probably should not have. It is an unpleasant topic. Yours certainly are pretty.
Thanks. I’ve always been intrigued by how daffodils remain at old abandoned homes and properties, marking the lives of former residents.
Yes, they have been popular for so long that they inhabited old gardens of old homes when there were not many exotic plants available.
Your daffs are so cheery and I do like the foliage you have chosen it does set the blooms up very nicely indeed.
Thanks Noelle. The foliage is something I rarely see with daffodils but it made a nice framework for holding the stems in place and maybe creates a little more formal design.
Those are certainly a sight for sore eyes here in the Northeast. Beautiful!
Something to look forward to in your own garden. We’re forecast a record-breaking 85 degrees on Thursday!
So many daffodils. I have to add to Tony’s story. Daffodils are very difficult to grow here. There was a house on a busy 6-lane road I would pass once a week on my way to volunteer at a garden and I’m sure an older couple lived there and wouldn’t move even after the road expanded. They had a big kitchen garden under the gigantic electric lines next to the house and a ring of daffodils around a front yard garden. As years went by, the kitchen garden disappeared and later the house was sold for a business. I like to believe the daffodils are still there, just mowed over every year.
Oh, I do hope those daffodils will be freed up someday.
There was a clump along a roadside near us I watched every year. I searched for them yesterday in fact. They’ve finally been done in since a new round-about was installed a couple years ago.
You do daffodils well, Susie! So far, the only Narcissi that have shown up in my garden are of the smaller-flowered paperwhite variety.
Thanks Kris. There are so many varieties, maybe yours are more mid-to-late season. I’ve also heard chilling the bulbs in the refrigerator for a few weeks can make a big difference in them blooming. It’s going to be 85 here on Thursday so not sure what will be left in bloom after that.
A wonderful spring vase full of sunshine Susie! Your garden must look a picture right now with all those ‘Kings’ nodding their heads. 😃 A lovely vase too.
I just walked around the garden with a friend and shared a bouquet of daffodils. They nearly glow in the sun.
Thank you, thank you! I’m traveling in the south, so I’m seeing some of these beauties, too. But I’ll return home to snow soon, so knowing spring is on the way throughout the N. Hemisphere is hopeful. 🙂
Beth, glad you had a chance to enjoy early spring. Now you’ll have it twice!
Oh that’s a most striking vaseful of instant sunshine Suzie. I like the latecomer 😀
Instant sunshine, yes! Thanks.
What a gorgeous color. It is sunlight distilled and transformed to a living essence.
I love your daffodil-inspired, descriptive words. Thanks!
What a glow of sunshine in a vase! I love the foliage in there as a frame work to keep the stems from flopping all over, I shall copy that in (I hope) a few weeks 😉