In A Vase On Monday—Vintage Purple

In A Vase On Monday—Vintage Purple

Each Monday Cathy from Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’ was the starting point for today’s vase. With inky coloring outlining  a stitching pattern around the edges of the falls, this iris, which just began opening this week, commands attention.

I. ‘Orinoco Flow’

Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ opened abruptly after sporting fat buds promisingly for days. It deserves attention as well, and made a nice focal flower for the design near the base.

In A Vase On Monday—Vintage Purple

In A Vase On Monday—Vintage Purple

In A Vase On Monday—Vintage Purple

Sweetly scented late-blooming narcissus are used as secondary flowers adding contrast in color, value and form. Several stems of the first iris to open this spring, a solid purple iris hybrid pass-along, made it into my Monday vase again this week.

In A Vase On Monday—Vintage Purple

Through the years I have admired on others’ blogs the graceful way tulips age. Finally I am able to enjoy up-close the late-stage beauty of Tulip Triumph ‘Negrita.’ Fresh Anemones always delight.

In A Vase On Monday—Vintage Purple


Anemone De Caen ‘Mr Fokker’
Clematis ‘Jackmanii’
Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)
Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’
Muscari ‘Armeniacum’
Tulip Triumph ‘Negrita’
Buxus microphylla var koreana ‘Wintergreen’ (Winter boxwood)
Stachys Byzantine (Lamb’s Ear)
Ceramic Urn Stamped “Vintage 4”
6-inch clear Lomey dish
eco-friendly Oasis floral foam

In A Vase On Monday—Vintage Purple

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

24 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Vintage Purple

  1. Cindy Coghill

    What loveliness!!! To have iris and clematis blooming already with tulips and narcissus is amazing. You must live somewhere decidedly warmer than I do. Those iris are stunningly beautiful!!!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Linda. The daffodils helped I hope to keep the overall arrangement from being too dark. I love this particular late-blooming one–similar to one my mother grew, but don’t know the name.

  2. Cathy

    The ckematis makes such a statement in a vase and it works so well with the iris and narcissi: as always the end result is so graceful and oerfectly balanced

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, thank you. So thrilled to see the clematis and many other things blooming better than last year. We had so much rain over fall and winter I didn’t think there would be anything left in the garden.

      1. Cathy

        It is not always possible to guess what difference the weather will make from year to year – here some things have flowered better after last iear’s dry summer and some worse

  3. tonytomeo

    How nice that you used bearded iris. That is a flower I prefer to leave in the garden because it does not last very well once cut. I would cut more in if I had more to spare in the garden. My favorite is still Iris pallida, which I had always considered to be a bearded iris.


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