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Vases on Monday, 11 February 2019

At this time of year, every year, I am on a mission to rescue as many bunches of daffodils from the supermarket buckets as I can afford.  Goodness knows when they were picked.  My heart goes out to the tight flower buds as they lie row upon row, starved of water, but full of glorious yellow promise and, given half a chance, ready to trumpet the imminent arrival of Spring.

My vase this week is the glorious sight of two bunches of daffodils buds, opening and luxuriating in the afternoon sunshine as it floods into our kitchen.  Sitting alongside is a little posy of snowdrops which took no time at all to spread their dainty petals, once they had come in to the warmth.
The next photo is not preparation for some baking action!  On Saturday afternoon I picked off some twigs from a huge pile of alder branches, which had recently been pruned.  They too have been enjoying the warmth and sunshine in the kitchen, sprinkling their pollen all over the table!


  1. Haha - I have visions of you leaving the supermarket with a trolleyful of daffs - although they do seem to get snapped up here as they tend to be ridiculously cheap, so you would be disappointed! Since IAVOM I have stopped buying them but of course I am looking forward to my first ones here and am enjoying the brightness of yours in the meantime. Your little pot of snowdrops is of course absolutely delightful, SO sweet. Thanks for sharing Amanda

  2. I am really fond of Alder, they are magnificent trees. The daffodils are a wonderful splash of yellow. I can no longer tolerate the scent, so buy the bunches and give them to friends to enjoy. Great pictures.

  3. I'm here from Rambling in the Garden, checking out everyone's vases. :-) I have no idea where in the world you may be; where I live daffs are grown for their bulbs and we can get cut stems quite cheaply in the spring. Right now all the fields are under snow. I'm so looking forward the season of blooms!!!

    1. Welcome to the running wave Sue! I live in East Lothian, on the east coast of Scotland and only a few miles from Edinburgh. I am intrigued to know where yours fields are covered in snow! In the UK? Enjoy future Monday vases, and of course all the other posts on participants blogs! It's a real trip round the world! Amanda

  4. I love a bunch of cheery daffadils at this time of the year and they are so cheap at the supermarket, I don't know how the growers make a profit. They bring spring and sunshine into the house, lovely. I love catkins too, I hadn't thought of picking alder catkins.

    1. Alder catkins are really lovely, but goodness me they drop copious amounts of pollen! I have had to banish the pot to a table in the garden! It was getting really messy! A

  5. I love the cheerful vases, Amanda. My daffodil foliage is up and I'm trying to be patient about waiting for them to bloom.

  6. Sunny daffodils and sweet snowdrops. Lovely....spring has sprung?


    1. Has Spring sprung? No, not quite, but it's working on it and who can ask for anything more! The days are lengthening (thank goodness) and the sun is much warmer, which is also welcome, and I have two lovely primrose plants flowering, nestled in the grass outside on the driveway! That is a very good sign indeed of Spring in the throes of springing! Glad you liked the crows! A xx


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