In A Vase On Monday—Inky Array

In A Vase On Monday - Inky Array

In A Vase On Monday – Inky Array

Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday.

Yesterday before heading out for the last day of Art In Bloom at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh I quickly assembled an arrangement for today. The flowers had been gathered from my garden on Saturday evening and left to condition overnight. Certainly these blossoms are less opulent, less exotic than what I have been experiencing this week, but they are beautiful and interesting in their own right.

Dark inky purples are among my favorite flowers and when the flowers in question are iris and clematis, I am content. Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ opened this week, along with an unknown bearded iris (reddish-purple) and another with falls marked with stitched edges. I believe the latter is Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow.’

Clematis 'Jackmanii'

Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’

Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’

Coloring the edge of the northern garden border are spikes of Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ and they make a natural choice to be used as companions.

In A Vase On Monday - Inky Array

In A Vase On Monday – Inky Array

Several stems of Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft) and one sprig of fresh lavender finish off the arrangement.  A multi-stemmed container allows each bloom its independence and room to stand out.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Materials
Clematis ‘Jackmanii’
Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’ (Bearded iris)
Iris germanica (Bearded iris)
Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ (Hardy Sage)
Multicolored, multi-stemmed ceramic vase

Underside of Clematis 'Jackmanii'

Underside of Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’

Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’

Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower addiction. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and other gardeners are placing In A Vase On Monday.

37 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Inky Array

  1. Christina

    Dark blues and white are the perfect combination for me. Some of my irises are flowering too, but I don’t remember Clematis Jackmandii ever opening its blooms this early; a lovely mix in my favourite vase.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Was curious about the bloom time of Jackmanii so I checked my images. I had felt this year things are blooming early and in this case it is true, but 2012 holds the record for the clematis: April 13, 2011; March 30, 2012; April 28, 2014; April 15, 2015; April 7, 2016.

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  2. Cathy

    What glorious colours, Susie – and I like the way the relatively large flower heads are displayed in the small and short multivase. It looks most effective – and do tell us how long your clematis lasts in water. Thanks for sharing

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      That little vase is handy when the stems aren’t very long. The clematis was cut about 42 hours ago and is holding up well Cathy. Will try to let you know how long it keeps.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks. We’ll see how long the clematis survives, but it looks nice so far. We had a cold night below freezing on Saturday, so I figured I might as well bring one flower indoors.

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  3. Donna@Gardens Eye View

    This took my breath away as dark purple blooms really are my love…especially clematis and iris. Mine will be sleeping for many weeks still, but oh Susie this was wonderful! Eye candy for my flowery spring soul!

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  4. Kris P

    It’s a beautiful collection of flowers, Susie. How I wish I could grow the large flowered Clematis! It one of the plants at the top of my list to try again if/when our water restrictions are eased.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Julie, another inky flower fan! Jackmanii is reliable here. I’ve lost countless other ones. Currently I’m watching two others bought last year that I thought I’d lost altogether.

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  5. rickii

    I’ve been drawn to dark irises lately…the darker the better. It ll started with Christina’s ‘Before the Storm’. Yours are lovely.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I think these irises came from a plant swap a couple of years ago. What luck that they were fabulous colors. A friend passed along an even darker black one (still purplish but darker)–hope it returns this year.

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  6. homeslip

    I love inky purples too and your arrangement with all these gorgeous shades and forms is a delight. It’s almost making me impatient for summer. I have Iris Sable and I’m looking forward to Clematis Etoile Violette flowering this year too.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Googled for some images of Iris Sable. What a lovely flower. Clematis Etoile Violette looks lovely too. I can see why you want to hurry them.

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  7. Julie

    Such gorgeous colours this week Susie – I do love shades of purple. I am not expecting any of these flowers until May and possibly June so your garden is well ahead of mine. I hope you enjoyed Art In Bloom – I am going to an exhibition at the Royal Academy on Friday – Painting The Modern Garden – Money to Matisse – I am really looking forward to it and pleased to be squeezing in a visit just before it closes.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Oh, Julie, that sounds fantastic. Just checked it out online and it looks splendid. Art in Bloom was a much needed recharge for me and such a pleasure. Have fun at the Royal Academy.

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  8. Hannah

    The separate vases show all the best sides of the various flowers, I particularly like the deep purple stitching on the white falls of Orinoco Flow. Beautiful inky colors, Susie! About my Fritillary flowers, I have trouble with voles and bulbs tend not to last long, the Fritillaries have returned for the 3rd year but don’t seem to multiply.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hope your irises bring you joy Brian. These first one are early but I have found buds now on the main planting, so as you say, it will pass quickly.

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