In A Vase On Monday – Iris and Lupine

IMG_2704Heavy rain today, pushing down the lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus), made them the obvious choice for this week’s vase. The purple Siberian iris (I. siberica), with its deep veining on its falls, and golden heirloom bearded iris (I. germanica, unknown cultivar) are peaking this week, offering a nice match and contrast.

IMG_2710The wild anemones (A. canadensis) that have colonized half the field offer pure white blossoms and attractive star-shaped foliage. Japanese variegated willow (Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’) makes a nice filler.IMG_2712

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I bought the square cut-glass vase at a consignment shop last fall and this is the first chance I’ve had to use it. It is a size that I use frequently and I liked the floral and grass-like pattern.

You can’t really see the top two inches in the photo, but it has a criss-cross embossing with a heavily notched rim. Not that I needed another vase as I have so many, but sometimes a thing just grabs you and you simply must have it!

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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83 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Iris and Lupine

  1. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    So pretty.

  2. arlingwoman says:

    These are beautiful. Do your lupine a bloom all summer?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      No, just in late May, early June. This one is the species, like the wild ones you see all over Maine. The roads are lined with them – quite spectacular if you ever are up that way in June.

      • arlingwoman says:

        I’m too much a southerner to venture to Maine in June…Late July and August. But I have seen them in other northern climes. I wish they’d grow here, but alas!

  3. domnuio says:

    Beautiful flowers and great shots !!!

  4. Eliza, I like those colours and textures together!

  5. Kris P says:

    That’s one of my favorite color combinations!

  6. Bun Karyudo says:

    That is a nice display. I like the vase too. It looks good and solid too, which is I guess what you need if the display is large. 🙂

  7. Karen says:

    Another gorgeous floral arrangement Eliza, I really get that – if a thing just grabs you and you simply must have it, having just splurged on two fancy tea cups and saucers, and now I must go back and buy some matching plates.

  8. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Stunning. My lupins and irises are in flower too, and looking good.

  9. Purple, silver and yellow – a perfect match! And you can never have too many vases. How lucky to have wild purple lupines growing by roadsides in New England. We don’t get that here in the UK as far as I know, although sometimes you get brightly coloured escapees from gardens along the railway tracks, and that’s always good fun to see.

  10. G.F. says:

    So fresh and clearly so well conditioned. They will last quite a while in your new vase.
    Very stately arrangement. Well done. Wish I could do it like that.

  11. spanishwoods says:

    Really, so very beautiful.

  12. Laurie Graves says:

    Another lovely vase! What a great find. And, of course, the flowers are divine.

  13. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful combination of plants and colors. Your lupine is just wonderful Eliza and how nice to have anemones. The vase is a lovely find.

  14. Christina says:

    I love how all these flowers work together Eliza and the overall shape is most attractive. The vase was a great find and with this meme you don’t need any excuse for buying a new vase.

  15. Cathy says:

    Those wild anemones are lovely, Eliza – and I had to zoom in to work out what it was round the edge but could then see it must be the variegated willow. What attractive foliage it is and with the lupins and irises everything works so well together. I would have snapped up that vase too as ‘square’ ones are not readily available 😉

  16. ladyfi says:

    So very lovely!

  17. A lovely combination, I haven’t seen that willow before and it is a great addition. When I took perennial garden design classes back in the Dark Ages, blue, yellow and white was considered the classic color scheme.

  18. Oh Eliza you made my head swoon as these are favorites of mine…I have them in a vase too! And I love how they sit atop the willow.

  19. lovely combination Eliza.

  20. Val Boyko says:

    Absolutely lovely Eliza! Love this combination ☀️

  21. I do like these colours together, they are so refreshing. It’s a beautiful arrangement and that central punch of pale yellow real makes it for me.

  22. Sophie says:

    beautiful! x x x

  23. Cathy says:

    I love your blue lupins Eliza. And the salix as a filler was an inspired idea. That vase is not only pretty but looks nice and solid too, which is practical – so many of mine are too lightweight for larger flowers. Since joining this meme I think you can never have too many vases!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. Yes, it is quite heavy and sturdy, a definite plus. I have dozens of vases, and while I try to resist the urge, I still can’t stop myself from purchasing any that catch my eye. 😉

  24. Oh, this is a beautiful vase, as always. I love iris. I was hoping that some of the flowers in our yard would come up as iris, but no such luck. I guess it will be up to me to plant some!

  25. Sooooo gorgeous. Really beautiful.

  26. srickman2014 says:

    Another beautiful arrangement! Your home must be filled with with such beautiful creations; you have such talent!

  27. Widdershins says:

    I do understand about vases. 😀

  28. As soon as I saw the title Eliza, I knew I would love this!! 🙂

  29. Dymoon says:

    lovely, keep them comin.. love them

  30. Ann @Ann Edwards Photography says:

    so pretty, Eliza. We have purple lupins in our new garden, but just noticed that they are covered in aphids! Never mind, the bees are loving them all the same.

  31. Julie says:

    Purple and yellow a favorite combination of mine– beautiful!

  32. Brenda says:

    Exquisite. June flowers are special, we are so ready for them! I read Ms. Rumphius when my kids were small, but now that I’m in Maine–I fully appreciate it. Lupines everywhere.

  33. MK says:

    Another beauty, Eliza. You seem to be able to create a new and lavish bouquet with such ease. (And I like that vase, too)

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you very much, Micheal. It really boils down to lots of practice (and following a few basic guidelines). It is relaxing and fun for me. 🙂

  34. Cathy says:

    I am so late visiting everyone’s vases this week, Eliza. But glad I found my way back to your lovely creation.The main stars are obviously beautiful, but I so liked the way you used the dainty little anemone and the willow foliage. Lovely.

  35. Maria F. says:

    Great combinations! Great bouquet form

  36. Robin says:

    Oh my! Of all your arrangements, this is my favorite. Gorgeous. 🙂

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