In a Vase on Monday

This week’s In a Vase on Monday features a surprise (at least to me). A most unexpected event in my garden is the blooming of bearded iris ‘Clarence’ on this the first day of summer. It just had to take an important role in this week’s arrangement.


‘Clarence’ was beautiful and prolific in the garden in the spring, but I didn’t expect it to rebloom until the fall. The lavender in the falls is somewhat paler than the spring version, but nonetheless attractive.


Other players in the arrangement are a lace cap hydrangea and Becky daisies, backed by the lavender of the chaste tree. We have used the cobalt blue vase on many occasions, and the colors this week seemed to beg for its use once again.

Another perspective from above:


I want to add a brief photgraphic report on the pink calla lilies featured in our post two weeks ago. These have been in a vase for fourteen days now and still look as fresh as when they were cut.


Do you think there is a high probability that I just might be planting more calla lilies in the future?

Once again I send kudoes to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for introducing this idea of sharing what’s in bloom in our garden on a Monday. Please visit her site and see what she and others are including in their vases this day.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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20 Responses to In a Vase on Monday

  1. pbmgarden says:

    The iris is a surprise John. Looks lovely among the hydrangea and Vitex.


  2. b12alley says:

    Lovely cool colors on this hot day.


  3. Cathy says:

    I love the lavender edges on that iris – picked out very nicely with the lavender chaste flowers behind it. Lovely to have such a nice surprise, and very sensible to cut it before the heat gets to it.


  4. homeslip says:

    It is so surprising to see Iris and hydrangea in the same vase, good for you for taking advantage of the re-blooming. Great selection of blooms and I do like how the daisies add a touch of warmth to an otherwise cool arrangement.


  5. Anca Tîrcă says:

    A beautiful combination of blue and white, of warmth and cold, John! Thanks for sharing!


  6. I like this arrangement, blue and white are so peaceful together. And I like using the simple daisy flowers with the more frilly hydrangea.


  7. Christina says:

    Oh John, I love the Vitex as a cut flower as well as a tree in the garden, I would so like to grow it.


  8. I also had a bearded iris pop up late with one bloom…love the pale purple in yours and the surrounding flowers make a gorgeous vase. Nothing beats calla lilies in a vase and I so wish we could grow them.


  9. Cathy says:

    Do irises rebloom? I don’t know a lot about irises, but what a great bonus! The hydrangea picks up the hints of lavender colours beautiful, and WOW, those callas!


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