Easter whites


The past six or eight weeks have been pretty hectic in our household, so it was a delight to have a long weekend to myself at last with plenty of time to make up a vase of flowers for Easter Sunday. Last spring and summer I made a huge edit of the front garden, which had been looking chaotic and incoherent in its colours and forms. I removed any plants that did not suit my new theme, leaving those that sat better in the shady setting, and dividing and increasing those that remained so that the garden contained fewer types of plants. Almost all of the flowers in the garden are now in shades of white, cream, purple and blue, with the odd splash of yellow in some early tulips and daffodils, and later some apricots and oranges. Later this week I will be able to show you some photos of the now greatly improved garden in April’s ‘In the Garden’ post.


Today’s vase reflects the established colour scheme, with white Narcissus ‘Thalia’, Tulipa ‘Purissima’, Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’, Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’, forget-me-nots, Spanish bluebells (I often use these in vases to reduce their spread) and faded green heads of Helleborus ‘Winter Bells’, as well as a couple of sprigs of white ‘Morello’ cherry blossom. The beautiful white jug was part of our wedding present from my mother-in-law.


In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, and I do recommend visiting her page to see her vase and links to those of other garden bloggers across the world today.


25 thoughts on “Easter whites

  1. What a lovely fresh vase, Joanne, with the whites and soft blues/purple – is that a Primula denticulata as well? Don’t you just love white Narcissus? Thalia seems to be everybody’s favourite. Glad you managed to have a weekend to yourself and look forward to seeing your revamped front garden later in the week

    1. Thanks Cathy – yes, it’s a Primula denticulata, well spotted, as I accidentally left it out of my ingredients list! These primulas began life as a single plant in our previous garden and over the past three years have continued to divide and seed themselves around so that I now have about 5 or 6 many-headed plants ready to divide again. One of my all-time favourite and most useful spring flowers, so cheerful and lovely dotted through the borders.

      1. I got several bargain white ones a few years ago but they didn’t reappear, which is a shame. Do you have any white ones – I wonder if they are less hardy?

  2. Wow, my favorite vase for this Monday. In the US, the Deep South, Blue, White and Yellow are a famous color scheme for summer perennial gardens. I like the pop of apricot you propose, but always have difficulty restraining myself like that.

    1. Ah, that’s interesting about the famous spring colour scheme of the Deep South and I should love to see how people approach it in their different ways… I am not sure we have anything so organised here! I agree that such colours are are more spring like and pretty than some of the brighter tones, which suit the later summer months better. At least they do here, though your weather is probably picking up much faster than ours! Last year I decided that the few pinks and reds I had really weren’t suiting the rest of the garden and moved them away to the back garden where they could be brightly coloured to their hearts’ content. I do prefer this new colour scheme, the garden is looking better than ever, and having a restriction of some kind does make me think twice about what I am planting too.

      1. Well, in the interest of color talk. We are painting our house and decided to paint part of the trim deep red, it looks great with the Bromeliads and Firesticks Cactus!

    1. Why thank you Susie. I brought some little self-seeded seedlings back from my grandmother’s last year and already they have busied themselves about the garden and are extremely floriferous, just what I wanted and so useful for vases.

  3. Just lovely – such an elegant vase. Glad Cathy asked the question about the Primula denticulata. ‘Thalia’ is such a sweetheart, isn’t it. Thanks for your creation!

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