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In A Vase On Monday – Fluff and Majesty

In A Vase On Monday – Fluff And Majesty

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from our gardens.

Today’s vase title comes from a flower description I happened upon by the late garden writer Henry Mitchell.

The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty, the peony is now coming into bloom.

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ opened last week and it easily lives up to that characterization. I knew it would find a place of honor in this week’s design.

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Another majestic flower, regal and dramatic, is a black-bud-opening-to-dark-purple ruffled iris, a wonderful pass-along from a former neighbor.

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris) and Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Less dramatic than the darker iris, the yellow iris is also a pass-along, circa 1976, and was brought from my former garden to this one in 2001. The older irises in my collection are more demure and understated.

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ which grows along the Southern side path is having an exceptional year.

Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’

Its smoky lavender hue is echoed in the speckled portion of the iris falls, just under the beard.

In A Vase On Monday – Fluff And Majesty

Drifts of Verbena bonariensis are starting to accent the borders. In the vase today it adds height and reinforces the color theme.

Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)

The arrangement was designed with the peony facing the front. I like the subtle change to the arrangement brought by rotating the vase slightly so the peony is viewed more to the side.

In A Vase On Monday – Fluff And Majesty

Materials

Flowers
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)

Vase
Porcelain triangle Ikebana Blue Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)

A peek from above…

A View From Above

and a couple more views for my records.

In A Vase On Monday – Fluff And Majesty

In A Vase On Monday – Fluff And Majesty

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – Iris and Clematis

 

In A Vase On Monday - Iris and Clematis

In A Vase On Monday – Iris and Clematis

Once again I am joining Cathy for In A Vase On Monday, a weekly challenge to fill a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden.

The garden is in the stage where one needs a pause button. It changes noticeably from day to day. Yesterday there was rain from early afternoon throughout the night. The flowers looked drenched this morning. I rescued several bearded irises that had fallen over.

In A Vase On Monday -Bearded Iris

In A Vase On Monday -Bearded Iris

 

My plan for this morning was to created an arrangement using Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ but in the end I was reluctant to cut more than one.  It proved tricky and uncooperative to work with, unhappy in 5 or 6 different vases I tried.

In A Vase On Monday - Clematis

In A Vase On Monday – Clematis

Clematis has potential as a cut flower and is reputed to last up to 2 weeks, but I will have to experiment more some other time.

In A Vase On Monday - Clematis 'Jackmanii'

In A Vase On Monday – Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

 

Materials

Clematis ‘Jackmanii’
Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

In A Vase On Monday - Iris and Clematis

In A Vase On Monday – Iris and Clematis

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Please visit her to see what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday - Iris and Clematis

In A Vase On Monday – Iris and Clematis

Wordless Wednesday—At Dusk And At Dawn

This dramatic iris opened overnight, unharmed by a heavy rainstorm. At first I thought it was Iris germanica ‘Batik’ but after seeing it opened I am not sure.

At Dusk - Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

At Dusk – Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

At Dusk - Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

At Dusk – Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

At Dawn - Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

At Dawn – Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

At Dawn - Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

At Dawn – Iris germanica (Bearded iris)