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In A Vase On Monday – Iris With Birch

In A Vase On Monday – Iris With Birch

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 – Iris With Birch

Our twenty-year-old river birch was on my mind this week. We have had to call to get an estimate for trimming several branches that are wandering toward our neighbors’ roof. Reaching up from our driveway I was able to snag a few stems with male catkins to include in today’s vase.

In A Vase On Monday – Iris With Birch

But what I had had my eye on for days was to feature a generous number of white Dutch iris. They finally opened mid-week, several dozen, and I selected fourteen stems. Fifteen would have been better.

In A Vase On Monday – Iris With Birch

I collected cerinthe to accentuate the lavender streak in the iris and snipped candytuft  to soften the edge of the vase.

In A Vase On Monday – Iris With Birch

Arranging flowers often takes much more materials than I first estimate. Eventually I returned outside for extra amounts of cerinthe and candytuft and ending up with hellebores as well. Now aged to a a rich lime green, when it first emerged the double hellebore was creamy white. This became one of my favorite sections of the design.

In A Vase On Monday – Iris With Birch

I had not seen originally how strongly the color of the river birch catkins would affect the other flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Iris With Birch

In A Vase On Monday – Iris With Birch

The idea of white, lavender blue was overtaken by golden catkins.

In A Vase On Monday – Iris With Birch

In A Vase On Monday – Iris With Birch

Materials
Flowers
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)
Iris × hollandica (Dutch Iris)
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Foliage
Betula nigra (River Birch)
Heuchera villosa ‘Big Top Bronze’ (Coral Bells)
Container
Crystal pedestal dish (floral foam in plastic 6-inch Lomey dish)

In A Vase On Monday – Iris With Birch

In the end I was satisfied with the way this turned out.  While I was playing with flowers my husband had been patiently awaiting lunch; I really wanted to get that fifteenth iris (or more) but it was time to stop.

In A Vase On Monday – Iris With Birch

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

Sunday Notebook

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

This week I have seen 5 or 6 Eastern Tiger Butterflies—a couple passing through the garden and others along the highway into town. But I have not been able to get any pictures.

Yesterday though I had my first opportunity of 2021 to photograph a butterfly when a Pearl Crescent stopped briefly on Eastern red columbine (until I tried to take its picture). Then it fluttered around and settled down on the mulched ground beneath.  This is a small and common butterfly of North America.

The video belies just how active the butterfly was. I had switched to video because the wings had been beating so quickly I couldn’t get a good image. As soon as I started the video the crescent seemed to calm down and just totally chill.

Several kinds of irises have opened enough now to make a nice, colorful display.

Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’

Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’ and Iris ‘Crimson King’

Iris ‘Crimson King’

Iris ‘Crimson King’

Iris ‘Crimson King’

Nearly two dozen white Dutch Iris opened this week in a small narrow patch beside the driveway. They have been happy here for many years.

Iris × hollandica (Dutch Iris)

There is only one of this sapphire blue Dutch iris. This really is the color, just amazing.

Iris × hollandica (Dutch Iris)

Yellow pine pollen has been coating everything, the plants, flowers, porch furniture. It seems much worse than usual. A few thunderstorms helped clear the air overnight but it quickly builds back up.

Dianthus Ideal Select Mix

Post-vaccination, I resumed teaching my weekly gentle yoga and meditation class this morning at the wellness center. (My last in-person class was March 13, 2020.) Some classes are beginning to meet in person outdoors or with a limited number of people in the studios but mine is a virtual incarnation for now. It was great to see familiar faces and hear voices and laughter.

Have a great week everyone!

In A Vase On Monday – Iris In White

In A Vase On Monday – Iris In White

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.

It was 88°F. both Saturday and Sunday. In March!

A small patch of white dutch iris planted in 2002 has been in bloom nearly a week and made the harvest for today’s In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – Iris In White

I felt I was rescuing the flowers from the heat, but they did not seem affected. In fact they were still bright and cheerful.

In A Vase On Monday – Iris In White

In A Vase On Monday – Iris In White

Materials
Flowers
Iris × hollandica  (Dutch iris)
Container
Dark blue matte ceramic jar

In A Vase On Monday – Iris In White

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower-filled vases across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place in a vase this week. Good health and peace to you.

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

Each Monday brings the chance to join Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden.

When we moved in fifteen years ago I planted Dutch irises near the driveway. The blue ones disappeared after several seasons, but these white ones return reliably in early spring. This may be their best showing ever.

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

To describe them simply as white would be to under appreciate them. The underside of each flower is pale green and pollinator signals on the falls are yolk yellow.  Lavender subtly accents the style arms.

Deep yellow, pale green and subtle lavender accent these Dutch Irises.

Deep yellow, pale green and subtle lavender accent these Dutch Irises.

Nothing else blooming in my garden seemed a suitable companion, so the irises stand alone as today’s feature. They were photographed in the dining room next to art work by my son-in-law, Owen. The pastel drawing is of Siberian iris growing in the garden one summer.

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

A cushion of Wintergreen boxwood sits beneath the irises and guides the transition from flower to vase, with the white of the blossoms and the green of the boxwood layer echoing the white and green bands of the pitcher. The dark blue glaze at the base of the container gives a solid foundation for the design, while curves formed by Iris leaves add movement.

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

Materials
Flowers
Dutch iris (Iris x hollandica)
Foliage
Buxus microphylla var koreana ‘Wintergreen’ (Wintergreen boxwood)
Leaves, Dutch iris (Iris x hollandica)
Vase
Stoneware pitcher glazed with bands of cream, green, blue. (from set of 4 cups and pitcher, Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977).

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

Unlike bearded German irises, these are bulbous irises. I feel sure I planted more blue Dutch iris bulbs last fall but what happened to them is a mystery.

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

In A Vase On Monday—Dutch Iris

Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower arranging addiction. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday. Feel free to join in.