In A Vase On Monday – Iris and Clematis

 

In A Vase On Monday - Iris and Clematis

In A Vase On Monday – Iris and Clematis

Once again I am joining Cathy for In A Vase On Monday, a weekly challenge to fill a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden.

The garden is in the stage where one needs a pause button. It changes noticeably from day to day. Yesterday there was rain from early afternoon throughout the night. The flowers looked drenched this morning. I rescued several bearded irises that had fallen over.

In A Vase On Monday -Bearded Iris

In A Vase On Monday -Bearded Iris

 

My plan for this morning was to created an arrangement using Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ but in the end I was reluctant to cut more than one.  It proved tricky and uncooperative to work with, unhappy in 5 or 6 different vases I tried.

In A Vase On Monday - Clematis

In A Vase On Monday – Clematis

Clematis has potential as a cut flower and is reputed to last up to 2 weeks, but I will have to experiment more some other time.

In A Vase On Monday - Clematis 'Jackmanii'

In A Vase On Monday – Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

 

Materials

Clematis ‘Jackmanii’
Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

In A Vase On Monday - Iris and Clematis

In A Vase On Monday – Iris and Clematis

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Please visit her to see what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday - Iris and Clematis

In A Vase On Monday – Iris and Clematis

32 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Iris and Clematis

  1. Christina

    The saturation of colour in the clematis is incredible, you are always able to invent an interesting way of arranging your blooms, I like the space left around the flowers in your vase.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for noticing the space. I was trying for a very open arrangement, but they needed to touch a bit to help with the support. The clematis is attractive at this stage. I read to cut at the 1/2 or 3/4 open stage. Outdoors in the sun the color fades once they’re completely open.

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  2. Cathy

    Those colours go so well together and with the white background your vase looks stunning! Less is certainly more in this case – just two blooms focuses the eye and I am sure grabs your attention more than a whole bunch would.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. Neither flower wanted to stand up straight and cooperate but we’ll enjoy them in the house this week. I saw an entire bridal bouquet online of clematis that looks terrific, but I don’t know the trick for working with them.

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  3. Kris P

    The two flowers complement each other well, Susie. The rocks, in addition to serving as support, add to the austere beauty of the arrangement.

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  4. Cathy

    Oh wow, Susie! It doesn’t need any more than single blooms – they complement each other perfectly and I can see we will all be using more clematis in our vases this year. The shading on the iris is stupendous – it would be a shame to miss some of this perfection by not checking our gardens several times a day. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I went for simplicity this week Cathy. The clematis and iris are so richly hued and heavily patterned they can hold the attention without much else. I’ll look forward to seeing clematis in Monday vases (seems like you may have before).

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  5. Libby Wilkie

    It’s so interesting to see the difference in your garden “season” and mine…my clematis isn’t near flowering. And I have just two iris that have come out. Actually, my Louisiana Iris are coming along faster than any others, much to my surprise. I’ll post some on Instagram later this evening! Gorgeous colors Susie!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The garden seemed to speed up last week. I planted the dahlia you gave me last fall and it had a bit of growth on it so I am optimistic it will make it.

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  6. Rebecca Newcomb

    The royal blue of your iris and clematis is spectacular. I’ve never seen such a vibrant and rich blue before! And I’ve certainly not seen an iris with that coloring. In the gardens around Central Texas, we have plenty of purple, yellow, pink and white irises… but none so striking as this one.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Jason, clematis is apparently very popular as a cut flower (who knew?), but mine is not holding up very well. Maybe it needs to be conditioned better to last.

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