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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.

Dainty Leucojum

Leucojum (snowflake)

Leucojum (snowflake)

I would appreciate help in identifying this bloom—Leucojum vernal (spring snowflake) or Leucojum aestivum (summer snowflake)? I have not been able to figure out what characteristics to focus on to distinguish between the two.

[Update Mar 12, 2016:  Thanks to my helpful readers for identifying this as Leucojum aestivum.]

Leucojum (snowflake)

Leucojum (snowflake)

Although it will be 80°F. today, it is not summer yet, but in my records I have these labelled L. aestivum (summer snowflake). They are pass-alongs from Sisters’ Garden so it must have been a guess.

They were planted in the green March 21, 2014 and bloomed April 30, 2014. Last year they flowered by March 30. So here they are in 2016 three weeks earlier, closer to spring than summer.

Leucojum (snowflake)

Leucojum (snowflake)

Thanks for your help.