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.
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.
Markings of bright egg-yolk yellow as well as pale hints of lavender give quirky personality to the white flowers.
Iris × hollandica (Dutch iris)
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Large Green Ceramic Urn
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.