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In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ was the last of my peonies to open just as unsettled weather came into the forecast. Friday’s predicted rains fizzled, but on Saturday morning we had a storm that finally brought some precipitation. To prepare for this week’s vase I gathered peonies early and set them aside for conditioning in cool water. Although a few flowers gently shed their petals before I could use them, there were plenty more, this having been an abundant year for peonies.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

I had a specific shape in mind composed of mostly greenery dominating on one side and pink peonies on the other, but the design drifted from the concept as I began working. It seemed a shame not to use all the peonies so I continued finding places to tuck them.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

Joining Sarah are other pinks, P. ‘Madame Emile Debatene’  and P. ‘Pink Parfait’, and a few pieces of perennial sweet pea I recently noticed was suddenly blooming. The arrangement is large as one might predict knowing the peonies span 5-9 inches across.

Cerinthe, nearly finished blooming, created a bit of mystery. My daughter was visiting this weekend and she kept hearing noises in the house. I walked down the hall to investigate and found cerinthe seeds had been released all over the floor.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

Materials
Flowers
Lathyrus latifolius (Perennial Sweet Pea)
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’
Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’
Foliage
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

The garden has been intoxicating recently, full of color and fragrance as peonies took their place among roses and irises.

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Simple vases of peonies in the house this week have meant pure delight.

Thought it looks appropriate for Valentine’s this red pitcher with heart decoration was just right to emphasize Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ in all its flouncy fluffiness.

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

A second pitcher features P. ‘Festiva Maxima’ along with two pinks, P. ‘Madame Emile Debatene’  and P. ‘Pink Parfait’.

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Materials
Flowers
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’
Foliage
none
Container
Stoneware pitcher glazed with bands of cream, green, blue. (pitcher and 4 cups, Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977)
Red pitcher with white hearts

We had some rain this weekend and Sunday the temperature was back down to 54F during the day after reaching into the upper 80s earlier in the week. The rain was much needed but it did leave the peonies tousled and soggy. There still are more buds and one other type of peony yet to open.

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In my garden the pinnacle is when the irises and roses come together, enjoined for a brief time in gentle perfection.

While irises have been flowering since late March, this week brought out the roses. And there it was—the garden hit its peak—as much a feeling as a visual. Every glance out the window, every step along the borders, brought the knowing sensation, this is the moment.

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

The garden has many different irises but only one rose. Passed down through several generations, this rose is cherished mostly for the memories it carries, of dear ones who grew it before me. It blooms only briefly so selecting the rose as today’s centerpiece was a natural choice.

Virgie’s Rose

After the arrangement came together I realized the roses’ companions in this arrangement reflect the garden’s moving timeline.

Hellebores began appearing late in January, Cerinthe in early March. Dianthus came along early this month (April), Iris virginica ‘Contraband Girl’ popped out a week ago,  Verbena bonariensis and Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ opened just three days ago. Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ is full of buds and soon will explode into its glory.

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

So the garden keeps moving. But there’s something unique about this moment when the irises and roses meet again that makes the garden feel like my garden.

Materials
Flowers
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Dianthus Ideal Select Mix
Iris virginica ‘Contraband Girl’
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Virgie’s Rose
Foliage
Helleborus
Heuchera villosa ‘Big Top Bronze’ (Coral Bells)
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Pass Alongs

In A Vase On Monday – Pass Alongs

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

In A Vase On Monday – Pass Alongs

A bright spot in 2020 was a gift of tall bearded irises I had admired on the Instagram feed of petalsandwingsimages. The rhizomes arrived in September but made no flowers last year. This week they revealed themselves, dark inky blue buds opened into delicate lavender confections. I had made a note that the foliage was variegated but it no longer seems to be. The irises are lightly scented, almost sweet.

Tall bearded iris – passalong from petalsandwingsimages. Japanese Roof Iris in background

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Planted nearby are shorter Japanese roof iris. These beardless iris were rescued for me one summer a couple decades ago by a friend whose master gardener neighbor was dividing and sharing his. The fringed crest is white, falls and standards are purple.

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)

Through the years my mother’s first cousin, Virgie, shared many garden plants with me and when we moved to this house in 2001 I brought along quite a few. One treasured pass along is a rose that she, my mother, and my grandmother all grew. The first flower opened Sunday, just in time to be included in my vase of pass alongs this week.

Virgie’s Rose

Materials
Flowers
Dianthus Ideal Select Mix
Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)
Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)
Virgie’s Rose
Foliage
Helleborus
Container
Stoneware pitcher glazed with bands of cream, green, blue. (pitcher and 4 cups, Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens. Monday here was gray and cold. Great quantities of much-needed rain fell from early morning until late afternoon and I spent the day cocooned under a quilt with a book.

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

So here it is Tuesday, sunny yet still chilly. Although a day late I prepared a vase and filled it with Easter hues. The flowers are not at their best after being battered about yesterday, but their colors sing the season.

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

Materials
Flowers
Iris germanica ‘Immortality’
Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’
Narcissus ‘Delnashaugh’ (Double Daffodil)
Peony ‘Coral Charm’
Phalaenopsis (moth orchid)
Salvia nemorosa ‘Blue Hill’ (Meadow Sage)
Foliage
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches, with floral pin holder.

Narcissus ‘Delnashaugh’ (Double Daffodil)

Peony ‘Coral Charm’

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

Silent Sunday – Nature’s Easter Egg

April 15, 2022 Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

April 16, 2022 – Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

7: 44 am April 17, 2022Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

7: 44 am April 17, 2022 Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

11:20 am April 17, 2022 Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

11:20 am April 17, 2022 Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

11:20 am April 17, 2022 Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

Wordless Wednesday – MidApril Closeups

Narcissus ‘Delnashaugh’ (Double Daffodil)

Narcissus ‘Delnashaugh’ (Double Daffodil)

Narcissus ‘Delnashaugh’ (Double Daffodil)

Narcissus (Mixed Large Daffodils)

Narcissus (Mixed Large Daffodils)

Narcissus (Mixed Large Daffodils)

Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’

Twin Sisters / Cemetery Ladies (Narcissus x medioluteus)

Iris germanica ‘Raspberry Blush’

Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’

Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)

Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)

In A Vase On Monday – Green Urn With Irises

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

As irises begin their spring performance, it seems only natural to feature a group of Dutch iris that popped up next to the driveway this week, just as they have for the past twenty years. Attempts to extend Dutch iris into the main garden borders have been oddly unsuccessful, but this bunch is resilient.  They all opened at the same time so I cut the entire group (more than two dozen) to use in an arrangement.

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

The green container is one my sister chose for me at an estate sale a few years ago. The large, tall and heavy urn easily holds today’s long, sturdy iris stems. With its unique shape the vase itself could be the focal point, but the Dutch irises, all white but for a single blue one, compete with a strong presence.

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

Markings of bright egg-yolk yellow as well as pale hints of lavender give quirky personality to the white flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

Materials
Flowers
Iris × hollandica (Dutch iris)
Foliage
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Container
Large Green Ceramic Urn

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn (Waterlogue watercolor effect)

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

Wordless Wednesday – Portraits Of Early April

Tulipa clusiana ‘Cynthia’

Tulipa clusiana ‘Cynthia’

Tulipa clusiana ‘Cynthia’

Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ and Tulipa clusiana ‘Cynthia’

Flowers Catching Breeze With Birdsong

Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’

Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ and Tulipa clusiana ‘Cynthia’

Iris ‘Crimson King’

April 3, 2022 Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) on Cupressus arizonica, the Arizona cypress

April 3, 2022 Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

Question Mark with Chimes and Birdsong

Dutch Iris

Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday – Blue And White

In A Vase On Monday – Blue And White

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue And White

In A Vase On Monday – Blue And White

My father took my sisters and me to my first college basketball game at Duke when I was in about the fourth grade (on a school night. We were two hours away). Later when my older sister became a freshman at UNC, we inevitably switched loyalties and have been following the Tar Heels ever since. Today’s flowers are a tribute to Carolina basketball, marking the epic 81-77 win Saturday in the first NCAA Final Four meeting of Carolina and Duke.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue And White

There’s just something about playing Duke. In 1974 I was in Carmichael in the student section with fantastic seats, mid-court about the 4th row, for the great 17 points in 8 seconds comeback when Walter Davis made his famous shot that sent the game into overtime. If you know what I’m talking about, you know what I’m talking about. If not, back to regular garden programming next week.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue And White

Materials
Flowers
White Cyclamen
White Iberis Sempervirens (Candytuft)
White Leucojum aestivum (Summer snowflake)
Blue and White Muscari (Grape hyacinth)
Blue pansies
Foliage
Container
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

Entering April

The garden is on the move. Greener from above with dots of color emerging. I am supposed to be setting up for a yard sale that starts in a few minutes, but first here are a few scenes from the garden this week. Happy Saturday!

Candytuft, Grape Hyacinth and Dianthus

Candytuft, Grape Hyacinth and Dianthus

Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)

Iris ‘Crimson King’

Iris ‘Crimson King’

Iris ‘Crimson King’

Garden View On Rainy Morning Mid-week

Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)

Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)

Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)

 

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

I am enjoying the garden’s daily transitions. Columbine is just about to open, as are the first bearded irises and peonies—all are caught in the almost stage.

Iris buds – Iris ‘Crimson King’

While scouting for today’s vase contents I found inspiration from a redbud tree, whose soaring branches are outfitted with ebullient flower clusters.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

For several weeks I have been tempted by a moth orchid that has been flowering (indoors) for several months. Its color is almost jarring against other flowers, enough so as to make it a feature today.  I do not expect it to last more than a few days, but chose it for the way it pulls out the pink in the daffodil’s trumpet and the magenta of the rosebud.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

After photographing the flowers I went back and added a white daffodil and a grape hyacinth. The arrangement seemed to need the brightness of the white flower, but I am not satisfied with the placement. It was too late in the process to start fiddling.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

Materials
Flowers
Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)
Helleborus x hybridus
Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)
Muscari
Narcissus
Phalaenopsis (moth orchid)
Foliage
Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan. With floral pin holder.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

Several stems of spring-flowering Coral Delight camellias form the foundation of today’s vase while snow white Thalia daffodils dance above.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

Materials
Flowers
Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ (Thalia Daffodil)
Foliage
Camellia
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches, with floral pin holder.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

Happy Spring!

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

Just Ahead Of Spring

Spring Equinox 2022 in Northern Hemisphere will be at 11:33 AM EDT on
Sunday, March 20.

In A Vase On Monday – March Mingle

In A Vase On Monday – March Mingle

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

In A Vase On Monday – March Mingle

I gathered flowers from the garden on Friday ahead of predicted storms on Saturday and deep freezing temperatures Sunday morning.  I knew the camellia that has just begun flowering could suffer damage so it was the first stop.

Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’

I hadn’t grown hyacinths in several years so was excited this week when they began unfolding. I brought in five to enjoy. Their fragrance is nearly overpowering, even from the foyer where this week’s arrangement sits.

Hyacinth Orientalis Shades of Blue

The hyacinths along with the foliage and aged hellebores create one of my favorite color studies—a rich, yet peaceful, combination of blues and greens.

Greens And Blues (or Purples)

Bright sprigs of white spiraea help create contrast against the dark hyacinths.

Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea) and Hyacinth Orientalis Shades of Blue

Materials
Flowers
Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)
Foliage
Gardenia jasminoides
Hippeastrum
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Visible from the side angle, at the back right corner and at front center are a couple of pieces of cerinthe that overwintered in the meditation circle. The plant had seemingly shaken off the strains of winter and was just starting to bloom. Fingers crossed it will pull through the weekend’s weather challenge.

In A Vase On Monday – March Mingle

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

Wordless Wednesday – Shades of Blue

Hyacinth Orientalis Shades of Blue

Hyacinth Orientalis Shades of Blue

Hyacinth Orientalis Shades of Blue

‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe

‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe

Sedum ‘Thunderhead’ (planted 2021)

March Clouds

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

This week I offer an arc of delicately colored hellebores in creams and soft pinks, a set of summer snowflakes, and a pair of spirea stems with flowers beginning to unfold.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

Leucojum aestivum (summer snowflake)

Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)

Beneath the standing flowers, additional hellebores rest gently, floating atop the pool of cool water.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

Materials
Flowers
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Leucojum aestivum (summer snowflake)
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)
Foliage
Gardenia jasminoides
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

It was warm when I gathered the flowers on Saturday so before arranging them I placed them in water overnight to recover from the stress. By the next morning about half had drooped significantly. Others were fine.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.