In A Vase On Monday—April’s Allure

In A Vase On Monday – April’s Allure

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

After another busy week of non-gardening duties, I stole a few minutes here and there and now at day’s end, Monday’s vase(s) finally are ready.

The colors of the late April garden are rich and deep; the flowers offer plenty of fragrance. My irises are not blooming as well as they should, but I love each new one that opens.

In A Vase On Monday – April’s Allure

The purple anemones that survived the fall planting and winter rains are seriously beautiful, but there should be many more. None of the white ‘Bride’ seem to have taken hold.

In A Vase On Monday – April’s Allure

This is anemone is an oddity.

This Anemone De Caen ‘Mr Fokker’ has a crown of stamens on both sides.

Here are a few close-ups.

The yellow Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris) is a passalong from 1977

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)

Dianthus Ideal Select Mix

Anemone De Caen ‘Mr Fokker’ and Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

Anemone De Caen ‘Mr Fokker’



Anemone De Caen ‘Mr Fokker’ – planted fall 2018
Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ – one of first purchases for this garden, 2001
Dianthus Ideal Select Mix – planted this time last year, overwintered well
Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris) – yellow pass-along from neighbor Henrietta in 1977
Iris germanica ‘Immortality’) – white rebloomer
Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’) – passalong from down-the-street neighbor Gary
Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris) – passalong from a historic old Chapel Hill neighborhood
Clematis ‘Jackmanii’
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Blue Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)
Portmerion Botanic vase, made in England.

As we continue to deal with medical issues there is very little time for the garden or keeping up with blogging friends, but I sneak a peek at your posts when I can. We are finally back at home which makes us happy.

In A Vase On Monday – April’s Allure

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.

17 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—April’s Allure

  1. Kris P

    I love the conjoined twin anemones, Susie – they have personality! Your Irises are gorgeous. I’m trying to be patient with my bearded Irises this year but I fear that, once again, most (even those acquired relatively recently) will be a bust. For some reason, only those on my neglected back slope want to bloom. There’s probably a lesson there but I’m having a hard time seeing it.

  2. Cathy

    Hopefully being at home will boost the psychological morale of all parties, and I am guessing that coming home means there has been some improvement – hope so.
    There was a sharp intake of breath when I saw your ‘blue’ vase, Susie – I find it SO appealing, and the use of anemone bosses (if that’s waht they are) is a brilliant addition as they seem to add another dimension. I love it 🙂

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. We’re so pleased to be home again and getting better in many ways–not always in a straight line though. Glad the blue vase vase appealed to your sensibilities. You’ve taught me a new term, so if I’ve understood correctly, yes, those are anemone “bosses,” the seedheads. Thanks for hosting.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It may well be! I have my sister to thank for the Portmerion vase and I’ve enjoyed it over the years. It sometimes is just the perfect container.

  3. theshrubqueen

    I also have Portmerion Botanic Garden, love the vase (and flowers). When I had Iris they would go up and down like that. Beautiful photos as always. Sending healing thoughts.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for you kind thoughts. I have my sister to thank for the Portmerion vase and I’ve enjoyed it over the years. It sometimes is just the perfect container.

  4. bittster

    The rich saturated purples are what I really love! They look wonderful, and I should tell you I managed to get a few blooms this spring as well 🙂 . I lost most of the corms but managed to get three to overwinter under lights and finally send up a few flowers. Thanks for the inspiration and all the best for healthier spring and summer!

  5. tonytomeo

    ‘Immortality’ bearded iris is really sweet. I have four white iris, but the name only one is documented. (I do not remember it at the moment.) I lack ‘Immortality’, since none of them rebloom. That is fine. With so many, I really do not need another.
    It is nice that you still have so many anemone to go with them.


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