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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.