In a Vase on Monday: Survivors

Last week for In a Vase on Monday I shared a vase of reblooming bearded iris buds that I saved from a forecast frost. Several readers encouraged me in trying to “force” the iris inside. I am happy to share this modest but blooming vase of bearded iris ‘Clarence’ which made it through the week. The ‘Sunny Disposition’ showed a tiny speck of yellow for a day or so but faded before opening and was removed.

It’s fun when an experiment brings a positive result. Please visit Cathy, the originator of IAVOM, at Rambling in the Garden to see her vase and that of others who join with her each week.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: ASCEND

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is ASCEND.

I planted this Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) next to a pine tree in my previous garden in Chapel Hill. I watched it grow rapidly in just a few years until it ascended to about fifteen feet. It is gloriously striking in bloom, BUT all those lovely blossoms became airborne seeds and found their way every where. They looked like dandelion seeds in the air; that should have been a clue. I eventually had to remove it; it is simply a beautiful but super invasive pest.

Garden readers beware!

Sweet Autumn Clematis

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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!

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what the creator of this meme is sharing this week.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CHEEKY

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is CHEEKY.

Find a little irreverence in your life.

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In a Vase on Monday: Cheer

We are getting into the Christmas spirit around our house. The wreaths are hung, the candles are in the windows, the tree is trimmed, and a glass or two of Christmas cheer has been tasted. My Arranger surprised me by creating this arrangement of ‘Our Linda’ camellias and some recently planted purple pansies. In years past this sleigh might have held some Christmas candies or greenery, but she delightfully filled it with these flowers.

An overhead look:

Let me invite you to visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and so many others are sharing from their gardens this week. Perhaps you might also raise a glass of Christmas cheer in her honor.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SERENE

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is SERENE.

Serene (adj): unruffled, tranquil, dignified (American Heritage Dictionary).

I think this guy qualifies.

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In a Vase on Monday: Debutante

We’ve had several mornings of light frost that have damaged most of the blooms in the garden beyond their use in a Vase on Monday. The stalwart camellias, however, have made it beautifully. The first Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’ flower appeared after the first frost, so it seems only fitting to feature it in our vase this week.

All of my camellias are loaded with buds, so I am hopeful that we will have a bit of color in the garden over the winter. I suspect that they will appear from time to time in IAVOM.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and so many others are sharing from their gardens this week.

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