The Coop is currently home to a number of flowering bulbs and the indoor narcissi are beginning to come into their own, joining the hyacinths in pumping out their strong fragrance. If I was to bottle the fragrance of any of the blooms in my garden I don’t think I would choose any of these narcissi, although this one, ‘Erlicheer’ (early cheer?), is not unpleasant, just exceedingly strong; I no longer grow ‘paperwhites’ because their smell, to my mind, is bordering on the unpleasant but this one, along with ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ and ‘Avalanche’ which I also grow, are acceptable. I don’t start them off in the warmth, but keep them in the Coop from when first potted up which delays their flowering, although I could perhaps stagger them in the future so some are flowering when we open the garden in February.
The blooms are joined by snippets of Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ and twisted hazel, both valued and regular go-to additions at this time of year, popped into my Prinknash Pottery vase with its useful ‘triangular’ (as I see it) shape and joined by a Chinese perfume bottle, a gift from a friend who had been visiting the Far East. The colour of the bottle seems to pick out the hints of yellow amongst the central ruffles of the narcissus blooms, reminiscent of miniature roses.
Spring is heading to many gardens in the northern hemisphere, although still a long way off in others – but our Monday vases don’t have to contain blooms, so if you would like to share something from your gardens with us then just pop it into a vase or other receptacle and leave the usual links to and from this post.