Depending on which Wikipedia entry you read, Thalia was a Greek goddess of comedy and idyllic poetry, one of the nine muses, and/or one of the three Graces responsible for rich banquets and festivity. The name ‘Thalia’ is Greek for abundance; perhaps Narcissus ‘Thalia’ was thus called because of the abundance of flowering heads on each stalk.
It is this feature that makes ‘Thalia’ especially wonderful for vases. You don’t have to cut many stems in order to create the impression of abundance, and even with a sizeable number of stems taken from the garden, those double heads mean that the losses won’t be too noticeable.
As the flower-heads open and mature in the vase, the colour fades from creamy white and that almost yellow centre towards pure white. The vase of ‘Thalia’ stands above the fireplace next to a print by the fantastic artist Natasha Newton, one of a pair that I recently bought and had framed, and that will eventually hang in my office.
As described in my previous post ‘Some Flowers’ Of My Own, ‘Thalia’ is one of my favourite flowers to photograph, for her delicate beauty. If you stand very close in a quiet room, the scent is deliciously old-fashioned.
In a vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden and I recommend a visit to her page to take a look at all the vases created by gardening bloggers across the world today.