Each Monday brings the chance to join Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden.
When we moved in fifteen years ago I planted Dutch irises near the driveway. The blue ones disappeared after several seasons, but these white ones return reliably in early spring. This may be their best showing ever.
To describe them simply as white would be to under appreciate them. The underside of each flower is pale green and pollinator signals on the falls are yolk yellow. Lavender subtly accents the style arms.
Nothing else blooming in my garden seemed a suitable companion, so the irises stand alone as today’s feature. They were photographed in the dining room next to art work by my son-in-law, Owen. The pastel drawing is of Siberian iris growing in the garden one summer.
A cushion of Wintergreen boxwood sits beneath the irises and guides the transition from flower to vase, with the white of the blossoms and the green of the boxwood layer echoing the white and green bands of the pitcher. The dark blue glaze at the base of the container gives a solid foundation for the design, while curves formed by Iris leaves add movement.
Dutch iris (Iris x hollandica)
Buxus microphylla var koreana ‘Wintergreen’ (Wintergreen boxwood)
Leaves, Dutch iris (Iris x hollandica)
Stoneware pitcher glazed with bands of cream, green, blue. (from set of 4 cups and pitcher, Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977).
Unlike bearded German irises, these are bulbous irises. I feel sure I planted more blue Dutch iris bulbs last fall but what happened to them is a mystery.