In a Vase on Monday: Keen as Mustard

Narcissi are always not far behind snowdrops, hellebore and crocus, keen as mustard to remind us that spring is just around the corner.

With the first ‘Tête-à-tête’ opening here this week, their appearance in a vase today was probably inevitable. Accompanied by a sprig of twisted hazel catkins, they make a cheery vase in this iconic mustard tin. The tin being a prop in itself, an additional prop seems unnecessary, but you could choose to add this vintage ‘Beetleware’ mustard dish if you like; I myself put it back on the shelf.

If you can find something in your garden today to pop in a vase to bring cheer to your week, then please consider sharing it with the IAVOM community by leaving links to and from this post.

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40 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Keen as Mustard

  1. Paddy Tobin says:

    Very nice!

  2. the running wave says:

    Good morning Cathy! You couldn’t get more cheerful and springlike than your vase today! Love the Colman’s mustard tin and the bright and breezy little heads of tete-a-tete look very happy there!! I have two of these beginning to flower in the garden at the moment – and that’s it!!! Amanda

  3. Linda Casper says:

    a zingy arrangement evoking quite a few of the senses.

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Hi Cathy! You’ve done it again with a fun presentation. I do recognize that mustard tin. The daffodils are just lovely forming an arc above the container and the hazel lifts the eyes so we can take in the entire arrangement. I hope all is well with you and yours. Thank you for hosting our Monday vases.

  5. I am a fellow tin lover. And I like that mustard. I have been wishing for some twisted sticks to put in arrangements, not sure there is a contorted plant that will grow here. Daffodils are the best harbinger of spring. Here is my vase

  6. Noelle M says:

    I like The Shrub Queen love this, and also mustard, and well done on choosing a the daff theme for St David day, Cathy, and I hope mine ‘cuts the mustard’:

    • Cathy says:

      I am ashamed to say that the St David’s day did not even cross my mind, Noelle, and I can’t even say that I didn’t know it would be March when I wrote it the day before as I had created a new folder for March IAVOM pictures…ah well!

      • Noelle M says:

        I have a David at home…so if it comes up on the news, my ears twitch. I heard it on the radio on Monday morning, which helped me decide on the daffs. The first cuttings were last week, and these were not quite yet fully open in the garden on Monday morning, which means the arrangement will get better over the next few days.

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  8. Cathy says:

    Ha ha, I do love that mustard pun! Coleman’s Mustard is one of the few things I still request from England! (Along with Marmite and teabags! LOL!) The first Narcissi look good anywhere, but are absolutely perfect in that mustard tin. I am finally back and have a vase today to share. Thanks for all your vases through the winter Cathy. They have kept me going! 🤗

  9. Chloris says:

    I’m as keen as mustard on these little daffodils too. What a lovely way to welcome the new month. I have daffodils on my mind today too.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris. I hadn’t made the St David’s Day connection, but just had to pick the first of them once they started opening

  10. Beautiful ray of Sunshine… that´s what Daffodils for me. I planted some in my garden but they are not blooming yet.

  11. Kris P says:

    I’d never heard the phrase “keen as mustard” but, after looking it up, I think it’s right on the button 😉 As always, thanks for hosting, Cathy. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Perhaps it’s a very Briitish phrase, Kris – and how about this sort of mustard? Do you see this ‘English’ mustard in the US?

  12. Heyjude says:

    Lovely and perfect for my yellow month over on the travel blog! More mustard than you can shake a stick at here:

  13. Anna says:

    A most cheerful and bright vase for what was a most beautiful sunny day Cathy 😄 The little ‘Tête-à-tête’ daffies always seem to see their way opening with perfect timing just in time for St.David’s Day. I couldn’t stand the taste of mustard as a child but warmed to it in adulthood especially French mustard.

    • Cathy says:

      I hadn’t considered that point but you are possibly right – unlike leeks, which are in short supply this year! I don’t often use mustard, but most of it goes in the tomato chutney I would never want to be without!

  14. tonytomeo says:

    Are all narcissus known as such, or are some daffodil? I used to think I knew which was which, but there are so many cultivars nowadays.

  15. The Daffodils “Tête-à-tête” are divine, wonderful, I love how they are in the Colman mustard can that is a charm as a vase. Twisted hazelnut catkin twigs look great with daffodils, I love them. It is a magnificent spring bouquet. I really like the complement of the vintage mustard plate “Beetleware”, it is lovely, and it looks great with the vase: I love the set, it is wonderful, very special. Take good care of yourself and the golfer, and keep yourself safe. Have a good and happy weekend. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

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