Flower focus. That’s my quick cure for the jumpy jitters. And as it’s March, daffodils are the flower of choice while hunkered down in
solitary confinement proscribed isolation. Happily, daffodils are readily available at the grocery store, so we can comply with social distancing while still enjoying their sprightly company. I picked up four little pots of Baby Moons this week at Trader Joe’s along with a bunch of pussy-willows. I transferred them into a moss-covered planter and a bark-covered vase before topping the soil with moss. They’re currently on my kitchen counter awaiting deployment to a safer, more Dundee-free location. He likes nothing better than to yank out the pussy willows and toss them down for Clementine to devour.
It’s been very heartening to see the daffodils peeping up along the roadside. On said trip to Trader Joe’s, I pulled over to snap this photo, much to the apparent annoyance of the person behind me. Really – a little patience, please! We’ve all got to take our joy where we find it, especially right now.
Daffodils have graced a lot of tables I’ve set over the years, in mixed bouquets and single variety centrepieces. They frequently catch my eye on our travels, too. So let’s take a quick spring tour of tables and travels.
In the mixed bouquet below, the pale peachy-pink ones are Mrs. R.O. Backhouse; the darker pink ones are Pink Parasols; the white with the orange-edged centre are Narcissus Poeticus (the poet’s daffodil); the white with pale yellow centres are Ice Follies. There are a few Baby Moons tucked in there, and the yellow ones are plain old King Alfreds.
That bouquet was set on a table with Katie Alice by Pfaltzgraff.
Yellow and blue are a classic combination, and here we have Spode Blue Chintz with yellow Depression glass.
Hartwell House in England is surrounded by daffodils – waves and waves of them.
On this blue & white table, we travelled to Brittany for daffodils and farm animals.
I snapped this photo in Cape Cod years ago. The owners of the red house change the decor around the wagon seasonally. I was lucky enough to see it one glorious spring day.
The Duke of Richmond has planted some half a million daffodil bulbs on the Goodwood Estate, and they were in their full glory when we attended the Goodwood Member’s Meeting a couple of years ago.
Spring wouldn’t be complete without Baby Moon daffodils and Muscari. They formed a happy arrangement for Fitz and Floyd Bunny Bowls.
We spied lovely white Mount Hood Daffodils in the grounds when we stayed at Valentina’s Lost Orangery in Wiltshire.
Pier 1 has been the source of much happy tableware over the years. Fingers crossed that they manage to reorganize themselves and keep it coming. Remember Field Notes from a few years ago?
Paris in the Spring. Off the menu for now, but the pictures conjure up happy memories and hope for the future.
Springtime by Baum is aptly named. A very inexpensive pattern, it’s delicate blooms work perfectly with Baby Moon daffodils in a mixed centrepiece.
I’m just putting the final touches on another table with Daffodil by William Morris. Stay tuned – it’s coming!
Thanks for joining me on the Dancing Daffodil tour. A little flower focus never goes amiss. 🙂
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.
Beautiful Thanks for sharing
You’re so welcome, Carol. Daffs are such cheerful flowers – great for a pick me up.
In this coronavirus pandemic it is a much needed respite to see flowers! I long for spring bulbs but alas must wait for awhile! Thanks for sharing!
Any chance you can get some potted bulbs at the grocery, Maureen? I find hyacinths give the most bang for the buck. Such a heavenly scent.
Thanks for the lift of spirits. It is disheartening to see how many people are not taking this seriously. I am continuing to set a lovely table, and we are lucky to have hibiscus galore, but at some point we will have to travel to serve our customers. Meanwhile, I enjoy seeing older posts woven together by a theme, like this daffodil dance. Oh, and those bunnies! Please keep it up, and stay safe and sane.
We do have to take our flowers where we find them – hibiscus for you it is, then! Not quite spring bulbs, but beautiful nonetheless.
Do you get any sense when you will be able to travel overseas? I see Britain is considering a contact tracing App as a way out of the lockdown.
Thanks for the encouragement. With the situation as serious as it is, a little light-hearted distraction is welcome.
Oh I love daffodils! And especially your blue Spode table – that’s absolutely gorgeous Helen! Thanks for all the flower goodness. It certainly helps! Take care over there!
The daffs are out in full force now, and I’m loving every minute of it. They’re really happy-looking flowers and are giving a sense of normalcy to this crazy situation. Hope you and your family are staying safe and well.