In a Vase on Monday: ‘Clarence’

I am happy to report that we have survived the recent foul weather in the Carolinas. Many areas were hit with severe flooding and damaging winds, but my garden was spared all that. It’s just waterlogged. We came home after a weekend visit with eldest daughter to find a soaked carpet on the screened porch, debris under the crape myrtles (which must have been whipped about by the wind), and three and a half inches of water in my rain gauge.

Flowers are rather sparse in the garden just now as we move into fall, but I was delighted to find several ‘Clarence’ bearded iris in full bloom. How timely for a Vase on Monday.


The container is a Japanese Kenzan flower arranger.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others are sharing in their vases this Monday.

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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16 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: ‘Clarence’

  1. Oooh! A Kenzan flower arranger is now on my holiday shopping list!
    Irises are one of my favourite flowers. ‘Clarence’ seems wonderfully flamboyant, doing a sort of can-can with his skirts.


  2. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely iris. Glad you safely weathered the storm, but too bad about the carpet. Thought we were over it but rain picked up again this afternoon.


  3. Cathy says:

    What a lovely surprise to have those pretty iris bloom so well again. At least they liked all that rain!


  4. Very pretty, and perfect in that “vase”! It looks like a professionally done arrangement that would cost an arm and a leg in a florist’s shop! Glad to hear you were spared the brunt of the storm.


  5. johnvic8 says:

    My Arranger thanks you for your kind comments, Kimberley. I hope I don’t have to start paying her for her help. We are a team.


  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful arrangement – simply elegant. What a delight to see iris in the fall.
    Glad you were spared all the torrential rain.


  7. Christina says:

    More Irises John, lucky you, no sign here yet of any secondary flowers. Clarence is a lovely colour.


  8. Beautiful iris arrangement. We owe a lot to those who engineered “Reblooming Iris.”


  9. Glad you didn’t suffer too much damage from the storm. I had no idea there were Irises that would bloom in October.


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