greentapestry : In A Vase On Monday ~ 'Petit Four'

Monday, 16 April 2018

In A Vase On Monday ~ 'Petit Four'

Last night saw my first mollusc watch greenhouse session of the year hence the little snail you can see accompanying today's 'In A Vase On Monday'. I didn't find any snails but came across two slugs so was able to prematurely and gleefully end their party. The little snail came to me via my mother and I think that it had been in her possession for some time.

In this week's vase are :

  • Viola cornuta - a flower that never fails to please and which is subtly but pleasantly scented.
  • Narcissus 'Minnow' - these are noticeably scented but one of those aromas that I can't quite make my mind up about. I'm veering towards don't like.
  • Lathyrus vernus - a favourite spring flowering perennial. I've not forgotten that our hostess Cathy was interested in some seeds. I messed up last year but will do my best to strike whilst the iron is hot this time round. 
  • Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête' - I have an abundance of these little daffies this year. Some of you in the U.K. may already be aware that a certain household goods high street store by the name of W****o, usually discounts its bulbs as the festive season approaches. At first prices are halved but then further discount is applied as tinsel and glitter complete for limited space. The finishing price last year was 50p a packet. I can't remember now if there were 20 or 30 bulbs in a bag but I bought a few bags. They were planted up very late in pots - some as the year was closing and others as late as mid-January. They are just coming into flower now. They have not attained the same height as usual but there is plenty of flower. No doubt they will do better next year. 

Over at 'Rambling In The Garden' our esteemed hostess Cathy has shared some fabulous tulips for our delectation. An early lunch and then an afternoon in the garden or allotment calls but I'm looking forward to vase hopping later in the day.


  1. The purple lathyrus makes the yellows sing and visa your little snail. Keep on hunting!

  2. Well that is a great spring vase with all the yellow daffs especially. Mine are still on hold as is spring....that snail is wonderful too and the only one I would want to see in my garden!

  3. A sweet combination of different yellows and a touch of purple. I admire your thrift vis-a-vis the Tête-à-têtes.

  4. I love the snail! The raccoons take care of the real ones here - how they can delicately remove snails from their shells without damaging the latter continues to mystify me, especially as they're otherwise so destructive. Your arrangement is very pretty - the yellow viola is especially lovely.

  5. A perfect color combination of vase and flowers. Love your little snail!

  6. Our tete a tete have been disappointing this year, I'm thinking of lifting and replanting

  7. Nothing says springtime like daffodils! Good for you on the bargain buy--I planted more tulips than I intended last year just because I found some on sale at the end of the season and just couldn't pass them up:)

  8. I love that little blue vase of yours Anna, and yellow is the perfect colour to fill it! :)

  9. What a sweet vase of spring sunshine!

  10. Your post title made me smile, Anna - very clever! I planted some bulbs in late January on the basis that they would be given more of a chance than sitting in the bag doing nothing and now have pots of tete a tete mixed with tulips and they look so lovely. The smell is amazing too in the evening, something I would miss if they'd bloomed in the cold. I'm on slug and snail watch here too - I found snails all over my lilies yesterday evening but don't mind picking them off by hand and despatching them with my foot!


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