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In A Vase On Monday – Purple With Fragrance

In A Vase On Monday – Purple With Fragrance

Every Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase with materials selected from our gardens.

I didn’t have a plan for today but the irises called out once again. They are having a stellar year. The earliest-blooming irises flowered at the end of March and, in the weeks since there has been a steady succession of irises.

An abundant armful of Iris ‘Helen Collingwood’ stuffed tightly into a large, heavy glass vessel reflects this particular flower’s vigorous, bountiful nature in the garden.

This is a large display, 20-inches tall by 17-inches across.

In A Vase On Monday – Purple With Fragrance

I. ‘Helen Collingwood’ is distinctively scented (meaning I can smell it easily and it smells nice). It may be difficult to tell from the photographs, but the standards are very pale lavender. The falls are violet-purple.

Iris ‘Helen Collingwood’

Iris Siberica ‘Concord Crush’ gets much less real estate in the borders, but in its second year it’s making an impact as well. It seemed natural to tuck in a few right out front.

Iris Siberica ‘Concord Crush’

Iris Siberica ‘Concord Crush’

Iris ‘Helen Collingwood’
Iris Siberica ‘Concord Crush’
Glass Vase, 12” tall by 7″ wide

I’m way behind reading and commenting but I hope to catch up soon. I appreciate hearing from you and look forward to virtual visits to your own gardens again.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting each week. Visit her blog to see her vase and check out those of other gardeners from around the world.

Early May, MidAfternoon

Iris Siberica ‘Concord Crush’

Yesterday (Wednesday, May 3) I had a few moments to wander the borders in midafternoon. I had been eying a patch of Siberian iris through the windows and finally had to inspect them.

Iris Siberica ‘Concord Crush’ and Iris ‘Immortality’

The day was sunny, bright, and very breezy, not great conditions for photographing the flowers, but it was a lovely opportunity to just be in the garden.

Added to the garden last year, this Siberian iris seemed unhappy last weekend after so much rain but rallied nicely.

Planted nearby is Peony Pink Parfait, the first peony I ever added to the garden. It’s been crowded out this year by irises and has only a few flowers.

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Seeking a little shade, my favorite spot yesterday was underneath a Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud) in the southwest corner.

Southwest Corner. Dianthus, Artemisia, Heuchera, Iris

Southwest Corner

Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)

For a time Iris ‘Helen Colingwood’ and Heuchera villosa ‘Big Top Bronze’ (Coral Bells) pair up to form a dynamic color combination.

Iris ‘Helen Collingwood’

Iris ‘Helen Collingwood’

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ is quickly laying claim to this section of the garden as evidenced by its emerging green foliage surrounding the heuchera and beyond.

Iris ‘Helen Collingwood’

Given half a chance, Lamb’s Ears fill in anywhere and beyond. As they are fairly easy to remove I’ve left them to ramble for now.

Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear)

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris) and Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear)

Hellebores have been wonderful this year. I appreciate their long bloom time. Even as they fade they continue to add interest throughout this area.

Hellebores and Tansy

Iris ‘Helen Collingwood’