In A Vase On Monday—Viola And White

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Monday again! Time to join Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday to create a floral arrangement from materials gathered in one’s own garden.

Although photographed together this morning, my two Monday vases were prepared early and used separately as casual arrangements during a visit from my two younger sisters yesterday.

During the photo session Mr. Th. Jefferson waited patiently to be returned to his usual and customary place in the niche in the front foyer.

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White Dutch Irises began blooming last week and I rescued a few on Friday ahead of the heavy rain that had been accurately forecast for Friday night and Saturday. They actually survived the rains fine outside, but these cut ones have lasted quite well indoors. I like their delicate lavender highlights and rich yellow throats.

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There were not many types of flowers to choose from in my garden yesterday when it was time to set the table for our Easter dinner. Fortunately candytuft and johnny jump ups (Viola) were plentiful.

I collected and presented sprigs of them in tiny glasses to adorn the dinner table and used additional blooms to fill this small ceramic vase. This vase also holds the first cutting of Meadow Sage ‘May Night’ which started blooming late last week.

Candytuft, Viola and Meadow Sage

Candytuft, Viola and Meadow Sage

I placed the Dutch Irises into a special triangular glass vase, a gift from my daughter. The vase was made by a local artist using a stained glass technique. The smaller greenish-blue ceramic vase is nicely proportioned with a small neck, very useful in arranging delicate stemmed flowers. I bought it from a North Carolina potter at the Eno River Festival years ago.

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Materials List

Dutch Iris
Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)
Viola (Johnny jump ups)
Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ (Hardy Sage), synonym Salvia × sylvestris ‘May Night’ (Meadow sage)

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Visit her to enjoy what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

20 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Viola And White

  1. Christina

    Snap! We both used Dutch iris. I thought I like the dark blue I have the best of all the colours until I saw your beautiful pure white ones. The triangular vase is very elegant and perfect for the irs, my vase is a bit too rounded for them I think.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris. When we were buying the house our realtor kept mentioning the niche would be perfect for flowers, but in the end the bust of Thomas Jefferson has always been there. So it was fun to use it to photograph the flowers today. susie

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I appreciate that. My grandmother grew Dutch Irises and when I was little I preferred them to the bearded ones. Now I would find it hard to choose.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I have a little box of Dutch Iris bulbs to plant this spring so hope to get more colors again. For some reason the white ones have lasted.

  2. bittster

    I love the iris too, there’s nothing casual about that arrangement, it’s very elegant…. can something be both? I guess so, and you have me convinced to add a few this fall!

  3. Julie

    What beautiful iris – I have not grown the dutch variety but need to add them to my list for next year. I love the way you have displayed them with the smaller darker vase contrasting so perfectly.

  4. Cathy

    The triangular vase is perfect, Susie – and that delicate hint of lilac is only noticeable close up, isn’t it? I love hearing the different ‘common’ names for flowers, so was interested to see your ‘ johnny jump ups’ in the little vase. Everything so elegant, as usual! Thanks for joining in 🙂

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      You’re very welcome. The Dutch Iris is easy to grow and can planted now, at least here in NC. I haven’t added new ones in years but have a few I hope to get planted this weekend.


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