In a Vase on Monday: Frost Evasion

In anticipation of the first real frost in my garden over the weekend, I clipped a few bearded iris scapes that were up and had buds on them. I left a few shorter ones in the ground, but true to form, the frost did them in. What I saved, however, had not bloomed but I thought they just might make a different offering for In a Vase on Monday. Keeping it simple, I just plopped them into a vase and here you are (my Arranger has removed herself from any credit for this one).A close-up reveals the lavender of iris ‘Clarence.’ The yellow of ‘Sunny Disposition’ is still in hiding. I have never tried to “force” iris, but I’m looking forward to seeing results from this experiment.

I love having bearded iris that just might bloom in December!

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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 Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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18 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Frost Evasion

  1. pbmgarden says:

    I imagine you irises will open eventually John. Nice save!


  2. Cathy says:

    Oh, definitely worth trying John! Hope they open up for you. I had some oriental poppy buds in November and brought one in, but it didn’t open properly.


  3. Cathy says:

    Bravo John – but please don’t make The Arranger redundant! Love the little boxes – and I do hope your iris opens for you


  4. Kris P says:

    Pretty as they are in their current state, I hope you get a full-blown bloom!


  5. Noelle says:

    The less there is, the more we can focus on form and beauty….a real treasure rescued from frosts. If they open it will be a real bonus.


  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Good save, John. You might ‘help’ them along by slitting the calyxes, esp. if they dried tightly shut. Good luck!


  7. arlene says:

    Wow…lovely! I only have the yellow ones.


  8. Christina says:

    Always worth trying when you know there is going to be a frost. I do hope they open for you but if not they are a very pleasing vase of ‘hope’!


  9. bittster says:

    Nice save! I think they’ll make it. Maybe not as colorful as when they open outside, but still something fresh to savor inside on a cold December day.


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