In A Vase On Monday – Purple With Fragrance

In A Vase On Monday – Purple With Fragrance

Every Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase with materials selected from our gardens.

I didn’t have a plan for today but the irises called out once again. They are having a stellar year. The earliest-blooming irises flowered at the end of March and, in the weeks since there has been a steady succession of irises.

An abundant armful of Iris ‘Helen Collingwood’ stuffed tightly into a large, heavy glass vessel reflects this particular flower’s vigorous, bountiful nature in the garden.

This is a large display, 20-inches tall by 17-inches across.

In A Vase On Monday – Purple With Fragrance

I. ‘Helen Collingwood’ is distinctively scented (meaning I can smell it easily and it smells nice). It may be difficult to tell from the photographs, but the standards are very pale lavender. The falls are violet-purple.

Iris ‘Helen Collingwood’

Iris Siberica ‘Concord Crush’ gets much less real estate in the borders, but in its second year it’s making an impact as well. It seemed natural to tuck in a few right out front.

Iris Siberica ‘Concord Crush’

Iris Siberica ‘Concord Crush’

Iris ‘Helen Collingwood’
Iris Siberica ‘Concord Crush’
Glass Vase, 12” tall by 7″ wide

I’m way behind reading and commenting but I hope to catch up soon. I appreciate hearing from you and look forward to virtual visits to your own gardens again.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting each week. Visit her blog to see her vase and check out those of other gardeners from around the world.

23 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Purple With Fragrance

  1. Sandra

    ‘An abundant armful’ of irises is yet a dream for me. I love irises and have started a collection, but I think I am a few years away from armfuls of scented irises.

  2. Cathy

    That is a beauty. I like Siberian irises more than bearded, but Helen is very pretty and delicate. Your lovely photos do her justice too! Have a good week Susie. 😃

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. Don’t think I’ve ever had such a crop of irises as this year. That Siberian iris is nearly over the top. I love it, then I’m not sure!

  3. smallsunnygarden

    I love your combination of the two types of irises–they are quite exciting together. I can only wait for the day I can cut an armful, especially since I’ve always been especially stingy about cutting irises from the garden beds. Are yours in a dedicated cut flower area, or simply cut from the borders?

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Amy, the irises are in various parts of the borders. I often regret not having just a set-aside spot as they don’t look great after blooming.

  4. tonytomeo

    Iris were so much simpler when I was unaware of all the many popular species. I thought that I knew Siberian iris, but now find that it is so much more variable than I thought it was.

      1. tonytomeo

        That is sort of what I thought, but I do not know. I think that Siberian iris should be simpler and more elegant than flashier bearded iris.

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