In a Vase on Monday – Starlight Sensation

I bought a couple of new kinds of narcissus from Peter Nyssen in the autumn. Late of course and then I quickly bunged them in pots, only for them to sit around while I decided where to put them in the garden. N. ‘Elka’ came up nicely and proved a valuable addition to the front of the borders like tête-à-tête. N. ‘Starlight Sensation’ has proved a lot slower to bloom. It is a bit taller than Elka (at ~35cm cf. ~20cm) and they are only now opening up their multi-headed, multi-stemmed flowers … and I have to say that they are rather gorgeous.

They are a rich creamy colour when fully open, but a contrasting buttery yellow before that. Since they are multi-headed and open in sequence, you get to enjoy the both colours and the intermediate changes for a good long while as they develop, like sparklers, burning down the stem.

And since they are being very generous with their blooms, I felt I could pick a few. So I am joining Cathy@ramblinginthegarden for her weekly gathering and sharing of flowers, for a vase, on a Monday (even Bank Holidays!).

Joining the Narcissus are some of my favourite, stalwart spring flowers: the beautiful blue perennial cornflowers (Centaurea montana):

and honesty (Lunaria annua):

I’ve added a bit of foliage in the form of some coppery Acer (after a bit of necessary pruning to clear the way for our sliding greenhouse door).

And that is it, for the main vase, but since I find throwing the rejected side branches away too hard to do, I’ve added the offcuts of honesty and acer to my shot-glass posey. This was just displaying three N. Tête-à-tête flowers that I picked because they had a lot more than 6 tepals each. In fact they look more like celadines with coronas!

So, that is is my May Bank Holiday vase.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a day off and may be picked a few spring flowers. We’ve finally got some rain this afternoon, but I am certainly not complaining!

Don’t forget to check out Cathy’s post and the links to contributors. 


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19 Responses to In a Vase on Monday – Starlight Sensation

  1. Cathy says:

    I think I shall have to add Starlight Sensation to my PN list for later in the year – I don’t remember seeing it when I ordered last year. What an interesting assortment you have in your vase – and you have centaurea in bloom already! I shall have to look out for mine, although I have noticed what nice clumps my white variety and the dark C ‘Jordy’ have made. The acer stems make a pretty addition to your vases – what size of plant have they come from? I do have some small acers in pots and have looked at their foliage sometimes but even a single stem for a vase would be too much to lose, I think. Thanks for taking the time to join in today, Allison

    • How lucky of you to have a sizeable clump of that delicious looking ‘Jordy’! I look forward to seeing it in your vases. My acer is about 5ft tall and is growing in a half barrel container. It’s about 10yrs old now I think. The tree seems to be getting wider rather than taller currently, hence the need for a bit of light pruning on the greenhouse side.

      • Cathy says:

        I shall indeed bear them in mind for a vase! There is a bloom open on the white one now, but still none on the blue. Hopefully pruning won’t spoil the shape of your acer. Is the barrel moveable?

  2. Kris P says:

    I love the Narcissus, particularly as all those I had have been prematurely incinerated by a couple of unseasonable heat spells (part of what I suspect may be our “new normal”). I adore that Centaurea too. Technically, it should grow in my climate but thus far it’s stubbornly refused to do so.

  3. shoreacres says:

    Your C. montana are in the same genus as one of my favorites: C. americana, or American basketflower. The genus name has been changed, but most still use Centaurea. The basketflowers dry beautifully, and hold their color. Have you ever tried drying the cornflowers?

    • I’ve not tried drying C. montana, although I have dried mixed coloured annual cornflowers. I’ll give montana a go this year perhaps. The ‘basket work’ on C. americana is a thing of great beauty! I can see why you love it

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Very nice arrangement, Allison! Such a pretty bi-color Narcissus and it plays well off the Acer foliage and contrasting blue of the Centaurea.

  5. Cathy says:

    Love the Narcissus and the floaty foliage in your arrangement. It is always nice to try out new bulbs and sometimes you hit on one you love. I had forgotten it was a bank holiday in the UK… we had ours on Saturday so I barely noticed it!

    • Thanks Cathy. Yes, the trial and error bit of selecting from catalogues is always interesting and can be quite rewarding! 🙂
      The weather took a turn for the worse on Monday, so we had fairly traditional Bank Holiday cloud and rain! Saturday would have been a much better choice!!

  6. Chloris says:

    And very lovely it is too. I love these little later flowering narcissi.

  7. Noelle M says:

    The blue cornflower brings the other colours out beautifully. What a great thing to have narcissi so late in the season.

  8. Love the tapestry colors and the acer sets everything off. Foliage is a wonderful thing.

  9. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful! Love the new narcissus. Centaura is always glorious but I’ve had no luck in growing it.

    • Thanks! N. ‘Starlight Sensation’ is looking more impressive each time I go out to look at it. The clumps are whiter now, but look like cascading Roman Candle fireworks. Definitely a success.

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