In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

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.

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

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.

Deep yellow, pale green and subtle lavender accent these Dutch Irises.

Deep yellow, pale green and subtle lavender accent these Dutch Irises.

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.

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

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.

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

Materials
Flowers
Dutch iris (Iris x hollandica)
Foliage
Buxus microphylla var koreana ‘Wintergreen’ (Wintergreen boxwood)
Leaves, Dutch iris (Iris x hollandica)
Vase
Stoneware pitcher glazed with bands of cream, green, blue. (from set of 4 cups and pitcher, Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977).

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

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.

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower arranging addiction. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday. Feel free to join in.

40 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

  1. Cathy

    Oh how refreshing to see white irises – they look even more elegant than than ther coloured counterparts. As you say, they make their own statement and didn’t need anything other than the greenery you added. Very lovely, Susie

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I’m partial to white flowers. Glad I went ahead and picked them because we had a rainy weekend that would have ruined them.

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      1. Cathy

        That’s good then, glad you got to them in time 🙂
        I am going to make a note of white iris for my bulb order for next year – I already have a number of things on it!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Well, some of mine return for years and some never. Not sure what makes the difference. Maybe you could treat the iris like an annual Donna. Many people who grow tulips in my area plant them every year because they don’t return reliably.

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  2. Kris P

    Could there be a critter with a particular affection for the bulbs of blue Iris? It’s odd how some cultivars in the same species prove to be so much hardier than others. In any case, your elegant white Iris are perfect for the holiday and a wonderful complement to your son-in-law’s art.

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  3. Julie

    I prefer the form of Dutch Iris to a bearded Iris and your white and yellow ones are really lovely Susie. Lovely vase and lovely arrangement too!

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  4. rickii

    Thanks for calling attention to all the subtle colors in the mostly white irises. They stand alone as beautifully as anything I’ve seen. Sometimes I find myself guilty of trying to crowd too much variety into a vase. The simplicity is stunning.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Ricki, the irises at first seemed rather understated, but when I started arranging them I noticed the color accents were pretty amazing.

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  5. Anna

    That’s a most elegant and pleasing to the eye vase Susie. I’m glad that you included close up views of the exquisite markings on the irises. You must be delighted that they are still going strong after all this time.

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  6. Christina

    Beautiful Susie; I always like white flowers, always so elegant. I like how you used the foliage to add movement; that’s something I don’t think about enough. I always learn something from your vases, thank you.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I appreciate that Christina. I enjoy making vases for sharing here on Monday but haven’t been able to make myself take a disciplined approach any further. Our state museum is sponsoring Art In Bloom again this year, pairing floral designers with art works in the museum. I have tickets for the show as well as for many for demonstrations and am really excited. Couple more weeks. Wish you could be there too.

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  7. Cathy

    This is perfect Susie. One of my favourites of your vases so far this year. You have given it much thought I see, with the design of the vase and the shades and shapes of the foliage complementing the irises. Well done!

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