In a Vase on Monday: Heirlooms

It is late on a lovely Monday in our garden, but it’s not too late to share some of the flowers that are catching the eye. Our peonies are featured this week, but I must lament that this has not been a good peony season for us. The number budding out is significantly reduced from previous years (weather?), and a heavy rain came at just the wrong time to knock what we did have earthward. A few have made it and are included in this arrangement.

All of these peonies have been handed down from my grandmother’s garden. Their identity has been long lost. The filler of the week is spirea ‘Anthony Waterer. A view from overhead:

The last of the spring blooms of bearded iris ‘Clarence’ makes its way one more time into a vase this week. It is nice to have three blooms open on one stalk at the same time. I am expecting it to return to bloom in late summer and will, of course, share it again.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others have put in their vases this week.

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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29 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Heirlooms

  1. pbmgarden says:

    The spirea is a perfect companion to the peonies John. It’s heartwarming that you are growing peonies from your grandmother. I’ve had mixed luck with my peonies this year. The wind and rain ruined much of the display.


  2. Cathy says:

    How nice to have mixed shades of pink peonies all together, and lovely to know they have come from your grandmother. Your second vase though, with the iris, is stunning – the way the leaves just appear to project from the vase is so effective. Well done to The Arranger, but of course the Cutter did a very good job of cutting too 😉


  3. Cathy says:

    Mmm, those pinks all go beautifully together John. There is almost always heavy rain just as the peonies open, so cutting them to enjoy indoors is very sensible. Lovely iris too!


  4. johnvic8 says:

    Thank you, Cathy. There just hasn’t been much to cut from the peonies this year.


  5. anne leueen says:

    Lovely colors the peony and spirea! Nice to see your spring. Here we are having very cold weather and everything is so late. My star magnolia has been battered by rain and frost has turned the lovely blossoms brown. Ah well…. eventually spring will get here.


  6. johnvic8 says:

    Thank you, Anne. Keep hoping and keep smiling. It will come.


  7. Eliza Waters says:

    So BEAUTIFUL, John!


  8. DailyMusings says:

    Oh hose pinks! My favorite colors and what a beautiful combination


  9. Roda says:

    Bearded irises…my favorite!


  10. thinkinkadia says:

    Pretty n Gorgeous!


  11. Christina says:

    Stupendous peonies; it is always sad when it rains just as they are flowering, sadly it happens all too often for me to grow them. I love the way your arranger has used the Iris – perfect.


  12. FlowerAlley says:

    Lovely flowers and nice comfy shoes.


  13. Cee Neuner says:

    Marvelous photos.


  14. I love ‘Clarence’! That is one fabulous Iris.


  15. John, the peonies are truly beautiful. It makes me feel sad to think these are no ore


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