In A Vase on Monday – Narcissus


I am really getting into Cathy’s weekly meme – In a Vase on Monday.  As someone who has never really embraced picking flowers from the garden or arranging flowers it is becoming a bit of a revelation to me.  To the point where last weekend I went to a flea fair with my eldest and came home with a couple of small vases including the blue patterned jug and bowl above.  I knew I wanted to use the jug for narcissus as I think they would make  wonderful combination, however on reflection I decided to use a different blue and white vase again, like last week, with an oriental theme.


The narcissus are the from around the garden and show what a variety I have accumulated over the last few years.  I hadn’t realised there were so many different ones and I have to admit to forgetting the names of many.  I know there is Sophie’s Choice, Pheasants Eye, Tete a Tete, Thalia, Cheerfulness in there. I obviously have a preference for the white and paler yellow narcissus.

The real benefit of cutting the narcissus and bringing them indoors is that I get to benefit from their scent which I often miss in the garden.  I have also realised that by bringing some flowers in each week I get to enjoy the garden in the evenings when I get back from work.  I am even toying with taking some to work to put on my desk!!

For more Vases on a Monday ramble over to Cathy’s (Rambling in the Garden) and check out the comments box




24 Comments Add yours

  1. I retired before starting to cut flowers, but if I was still working I would have a vase at work…absolutely helps to relieve stress and feel like the garden is with you! I love how you displayed the daffodils and I love that vase…a subtle blue for the paler yellow and white flowers. I need to go to a flea market and get some more vases…I know the perfect shopping friend to nudge. Enjoy those flowers Helen.

  2. KarenB says:

    Your flowers are beautiful. Here in Ontario the grass is trying to turn green. I can see evidence of tulips, garlic and rhubarb. I love the idea of the Monday flowers. Great way to start the week.Thanks for the idea!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Karen
      There are a whole group of bloggers posting about vases of flowers on a Monday. It is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. If you do like the idea why not join in and leave a link on her blog

  3. I have been cutting daffs to bring inside because otherwise I never really notice the scent. The
    Iittle blue pitcher and bowl is one of my favorite chine patterns but one I don’t own . Think I will have to keep my eyes open for a set. When I worked I always brought flowers for my desk and now and then I even brought a larger bouquet for the whole office to enjoy.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Linda
      I am thinking that flowers in the office would be good, cheer me up.

  4. Kris P says:

    Picking flowers can become an addiction. For years, I was reluctant to take anything out of my garden but now it has become a weekly habit I can’t break. Your new jug and bowl are beautiful, as is the vase of Narcissus.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Kris
      I am rather pleased with the jug and bowl, it was only £2 a real bargain.

  5. rickii says:

    Oh yes, do take some to work. It can’t help but lighten the work load. Nice find: the blue and white jug and bowl.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Rickii
      As Anna says I will have to be careful where I place the vase as I am quite clumsy but I might just do that next week.

  6. Cathy says:

    It is such a simple pleasure, but one we can so easily deny ourselves. Even a little stone inkpot or tiny vase with a couple of blooms would extend that pleasure at work – go for it! Great jug and bowl to go with your mixed bag of narcissi – and there is Thalia again…must have some of those! Thanks for joining in again, the bug has definitely got you I think 😉

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Cathy
      Yes I am already pondering next weeks post. It does make you look at the garden differently which is interesting.

  7. Julie says:

    I can sense that you are getting the flower bug Helen – all those seeds and now shopping for vases! Your new bowl and jug are great finds, but the taller blue and white vase was perfect for your long stemmed narcissi collection.

    1. Anna says:

      Oh that is a most attractive arrangement Helen and your new bowl and jug is a great find. I must add some ‘Pheasant’s Eye’ to the garden. I would caution against against a vase of flowers on your desk at work but then perhaps you are not as clumsy as me. Maybe though there might be a convenient niche somewhere in your office to display a vase without the risk of water spillage over vital documents 🙂

    2. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Anna
      Well to be honest I think the reason I havent yet brought flowers into work is because I too am quite clumsy. I am lucky in having a nice view from the window though on to the back of campus with lots of shrubs and there is a lovely bearded iris about the open outside my window so it makes up for it.

    3. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Julie
      I have been growing plants from seed for years but I dont usually cut flowers for the house as I dont want to ‘ruin’ the display outside. I dont have room for a cutting garden as well so I have to pick carefully, some from here, some from there.

  8. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Lovely vase, Helen, so fresh and elegant, thanks for sharing!

  9. Yvone Ryan says:

    Hi Helen – Yes you have quite a number of varieties – a bit addictive isn’t it when bulbs are on sale!! Interesting words’Flea Market/Fair’ aren’t – made me wonder where it originated. Maybe all the bits and pieces that turn up and maybe a few fleas were amongst them also! We also have garage sales where people put ‘stuff’ out for sale or in their ‘garage’. Can be very popular and some keen people are out at about 7am looking for bargains. Hence when advertised they usually put not before 8am or something!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Yvonne
      It is a strange expression isnt it. I wonder if it goes back to when people used to collect the rags and then resell them. We arrived at 8:45 (its only 10 mins by car) and there were already people leaving with purchases. It is a large site and so there are lots of sellers so it makes it worth going. We also have car boot sales where people load up their cars and go to a field and sell but I cant be doing with getting up that early!!

  10. Cathy says:

    Your first two sentences could easily have been my own words about a year ago! This meme is inspiring isn’t it! Lovely mix of daffodils and a very nice jug and bowl too. 🙂

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Cathy
      I am already thinking about next weeks post 🙂

  11. Chloris says:

    Snap Helen! I have used Narcissus this week too. I love your little blue and white purchases. I have found quite a few really cheap pretty vases and jugs on Ebay since joining in with this meme.

  12. Arranging the little still life of the flowers in the vase gets really quite addictive, doesn’t it!

  13. digwithdorris says:

    It is such a great meme and it has grabbed me in the same way: seeking out vases in places I would not normally look, enjoying the garden in minature indoors. Your collection of daffs is building up nicely, as are the vases!

  14. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Helen, I’ve got in the habit of putting sweet peas in a mug on my desk at work in the summer and have had so many lovely comments from colleagues I find something low and relatively heavy like a mug makes it far less likely to tip over than a true vase – and also looks a little less precious!

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