In A Vase On Monday – Iris Three-Tuple

In A Vase On Monday - Iris Three-Tuple

In A Vase On Monday – Iris Three-Tuple

Each Monday brings the chance to join Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden. But no ordinary Monday, this is IAVOM’s third anniversary and last week Cathy proposed the theme “Three” as a way to mark the day.

The theme was on my mind all week without inspiration, but Sunday morning during brunch a friend mentioned the term “tuple.”  A tuple is a finite ordered list of elements and a 3‑tuple is a triple or triplet. Keeping to a loose interpretation of tuple, I cut three stems of iris to serve as the focus of my design this week.

Reblooming Tall Bearded Iris

Reblooming Tall Bearded Iris

The height of the first iris, the white one, is roughly twice the diameter of the black dish, that of the second and third are 1.5 and 1 times, respectively.

In A Vase On Monday - Iris Three-Tuple

In A Vase On Monday – Iris Three-Tuple

Iris germanica 'Immortality'

Iris germanica ‘Immortality’

Joining the triplet of irises are a several sets of arching zinnias and a cluster of the pass-along chrysanthemums I have enjoyed for years.

Button Chrysanthemums and foliage of Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'

Button Chrysanthemums and foliage of Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’

A branch of dark oak leaf hydrangea foliage adds weight for balance while echoing the dancing posture of the iris flowers.

In A Vase On Monday - Iris Three-Tuple

In A Vase On Monday – Iris Three-Tuple

Materials

Chrysanthemum
Reblooming Tall Bearded Iris
Zinnia
Foliage: Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
Oasis Lomey 11″ Designer Dish, black, round
Three-inch floral pin (frog)
Black Stones

On this third anniversary congratulations and extra thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly chance to express our flower arranging passion. 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.

42 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Iris Three-Tuple

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks. It seems so odd to have irises this time of year. The leaves have a lot of color variation that doesn’t come through in the photographs.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks. The dark leaves help add a reality check that it is autumn after all. There’re supposed to turn brilliant shades of red but haven’t been inclined to do so.

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  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Lovely arrangement in a stunning vase, but the thing that boggles my mind is thinking that you have Iris blooming now. Wow! By the way, we have rented a condo in January a little south of Myrtle Beach to do all our bucket list things in your area. If you have an suggestions, please let me know.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Weather has been so mild but we’re warned it will cool this week. Have never been to Myrtle Beach during January. Hope you have fun. Big attraction for me is always actual beach itself (N. Myrtle Beach) but I can recommend Brookgreen Gardens. http://www.brookgreen.org

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      1. theshrubqueen

        Oh, just say no, it’s not right to have Azaleas in the fall and mark my words, one day there will be a terrible freeze and there will be no Encore. Think I have Encore issues, yes!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      You’re too kind Eliza. It’s slightly unsettling to see irises this time of year and for such a long bloom time, (but these are unsettling times).

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  2. Cathy

    Gosh – ‘tuple’! That’s a new one on me and an intriguing snippet of information – thanks for that! And thank you especially for those lovely blotchless irises, whether or not they should be flowering in November! The oak leaf hydrangea leaf and black dish and stones were a spot-on contrast, whilst the other blooms subtly supported the main contendors. Well thought out Susie, and thanks for sharing

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Joanna. The hydrangea leaves have quite a lot more color than shows up in these photos, but do read as rather a dark shape. I rather like them too.

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  3. Kris P

    I knew you’d come up with an inventive twist on the “three” theme! Those bearded Iris are magnificent and you’ve done a wonderful job (as usual) accenting them. The dark color of the hydrangea leaves is a beautiful counterpoint to the brightness of the Iris.

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  4. homeslip

    I agree, I love the contrast in colour and texture between the hippo hide of the hydrangea and the soft silk of the iris. So unusual, but so effective Susie.

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  5. Cathy

    I always enjoy seeing what you have created for a Monday vase and you never disappoint Susie! Love those irises, and the whole effect is full of life and beautifully balanced.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      So much appreciate you kind comment Cathy. Feeling is mutual. Glad we can share our gardens from afar. The irises may get a shock by weekend so glad I could feature them today.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Beth, with the mild autumn the rebloomers were amazing. Mine were all pass-alongs and had never really planned that they would add so much to the garden in two seasons.

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  6. Annette

    Your arrangements are always an inspiration, Susie. So beautiful and well balanced. Great idea to include the hydrangea leaves as they tie all together to the black vase. Stunning 🙂

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  7. Anna

    Oh what a thoughtful interpretation of the three theme Susie! Gorgeous flowers and foliage to gaze upon and with ‘tuple’ a new to me word too 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The hydrangea foliage gave unexpected drama to this week’s vase. I can’t use it often because I don’t want to lose the flowers for spring, but it was fun to experiment with it.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Someone gave me this iris without remembering what color it would be, nor did he mention it was reblooming. Going strong for over a month now due to our mild fall.

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