Fluffy-white tall bearded iris steals the show this week. Bought at a local Iris Society sale many years ago, I’ve lost the name, but I think it might be “Snowflake’ or something similar. Regardless, it is a good performer and a beauty we look forward to every year.
White rhododendron down low, and wooly lamb’s ears flower buds add a silvery touch. A sprig of rose-scented geranium adds texture. I was struck by the rusty-orange flowers of sheep’s sorrel (Rumex acetosella) and added it for contrast.
Harkening back to my childhood when I was first charmed by wildflowers, I picked a bouquet of Golden Alexander, buttercups, ground ivy, and starry white Ornithogalum umbellatum as accompaniment for the last two double poeticus narcissi.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.
Double like for this this week’s arrangement’s Eliza. Gorgeous! Love the irises and am curious about the lamb’s ears not being familiar with northern hemisphere beauties. While we have our first bite of winter here your images bring a virtual spring-step to the day 😊
Thank you, Liz. Glad to bring a warm-up to your day. 🙂
Being drought tolerant, I’d venture that Stachys byzantina would be a good fit for a SA garden. Maybe you can get some seeds?
Will have to investigate and see if any of the plant nurseries can advise. Love the imagery of the plant terminology / common names of flowers 😊
Perfect Eliza. Now I can enjoy the Irises all over again. I love how you arranged yours, totally different to the way I used them. Isn’t that the joy of flowers that we can use them so differently?
Thank you, Christina. I think this is why we love this meme so much, we get to extend our seasons and tap into each other’s creativity. <3!
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Fabulous iris! We are gradually introducing more and more white flowers into our garden, they bring such a translucent luminous quality against the green…
Thank you! This is a good one if you can get it (pretty sure it is ‘Snowflake’).
stunning, and will look great in our garden!
Beautiful. I love the simplicity of these arrangements… and have always loved irises 🙂
Thank you so much, Sue. Iris sure do please.
They do, Eliza 🙂
Thank you, Derrick.
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My iris are finished. I removed the chicken wire cage from them. The deer can eat them now. 🙂
Ah, deer… they make gardening such a challenge. I have a client where everything I plant much be deer resistant… it’s like working in a maze.
What a great combination! I love the unexpected no the freshness of it. 💛
Thank you, Val! 🙂
Two delightful arrangements. Oh, those irises!
Thank you, Laurie. Aren’t all iris regally magnificent? Love ’em! 🙂
My favorite flower, bar none. The one you gave me has a few buds, and I am impatiently waiting for them to bloom.
Oh, wonderful – I hope you like it!
It still hasn’t opened! I am waiting oh so anxiously!!!!!!
As usual, beautiful Eliza and a great way to start the week! Love those Golden Alexander blooms. I planted some out in my garden this year and I hope they take and kick butt.
Thank you, Kathy. I have such a soft spot in my heart for wildflowers and as such, they are all over my property. Glorious! 🙂
Nice bouquet. Flowers are also blooming in Montreal but it is still fairly rainy and colder than average. I keep dreaming of hot & humid summer weather!!! (Suzanne)
Thank you, Suzanne. Be careful what you wish for… we could go to blazing heat in no time! For gardening, however, this cool weather has been a blessing.
Beautiful as always!
Thank you, Belinda!
Both vases are gorgeous! The first whispers elegance with the exotic-looking white blooms and the second evokes a delightful childhood visit to a wildflower meadow.
Thank you, Peter!
Having grown up surrounded by my mom’s many iris gardens, I have grown a bit tired of them. But I LOVE what you’ve done here. A nice fresh take on them. Well done!
Thank you! Although I see many that I admire, space limits the number in my garden. My spouse loves them, but there is a limit to my gardening time, too!
Gosh, narcissi still – what a spring-like vase your second one is. And how silvery and woolly your first one is, with the stunning white iris. Thanks for sharing
Thank you, Cathy.
Simply beautiful, Eliza! I was enamored with the Iris until you turned the vase around and the Narcissus stole my heart. All in all, it’s a wonderful assembly of blooms and foliage.
Thank you, Kris!
I am loving the way we are getting two for the price of one! Both beautiful. You have such a great eye for colour.
Thank you so much. I like sneaking the little ones in. 🙂
Oh, I love your cool arrangements. Wonderfully elegant. Silver is the perfect foil for white.
Thank you so much, Alison!
Really tasty and I love the greys. Blue, white and yellow is a favorite color combination of mine – amazing you still have Narcissus!
Poeticus in the shade, always the last – these were here when I moved in – I can only imagine they are heirloom.
Some of my favorite flowers showing up here. I’m revisiting as your spring follows ours!
I’m all for extended spring and summer seasons!
You are so knowledgable and talented, Eliza! Beautiful work.
Thank you so much, Jane!
Thank you, Julie!
A lovely arrangement!
Thank you, Fi!
That sheep’s sorrel is a truly inspired touch, Eliza! Takes someone who loves every little thing in the garden to think of that.But it was your second arrangement that stole my heart with the Golden Alexanders. Did it jump up in your garden or did you plant it? I seem to have spent an awfully long time trying to read about it establishing it/sowing it. With no success (the one I’m thinking of is just our straight European Alexanders, S. perfoliatum). It has a tricky life cycle but I remember it lovingly with cow parsley in the long grass in a garden where I used to work.
Thank you, Cathy. GA grows wild all over the property. It loves the fields best where it can get sun. It’s Zizia aurea, so maybe a different genus that yours? In the carrot family, it sows quite readily here.
Thanks Eliza – the one I’m thinking of is Smyrnium perfoliatum. I’ll go away and google! Have a good week.
The lamb’s ear makes a striking contrast to the white iris, and I love the orangey brown Rumex too. The Narcissus was a nice reminder for me of spring gone by here. And such a pretty one too. 🙂
Thank you, Cathy. We can enjoy long seasons vicariously!
I think bearded Iris are hard to use in a mixed bouquet and you have managed that feat nicely.
Thank you, Linda!
Eliza, you really have a special touch for these arrangements–some artistic sense or imagination that elevates them. I mean, sheep’s sorrel, really? But it and the lamb’s ear set off those whites so exquisitely.
Thank you, Brenda. Nature inspires, I follow. 🙂
Snowflake is a great name for it, Eliza 🙂 Your arrangement makes me smile
Thank you, Christy!
A sweet and beautiful arrangement, Eliza.
Thank you so much, Carolyn.
Beautiful! I haven’t seen Golden Alexander – it looks a little like Dill to me, which I encourage to be wild at my place, but more golden. I haven’t seen a double poet’s narcissus before either, it’s lovely, and the Iris is majestic.
Thank you, Cath. GA is of the carrot family, so related to dill. This one is perennial, however, not really invasive, seems to grow in patches. The double poeticus was here when I moved in, probably heirloom. Sadly, it often buds then withers if it is too hot and never blooms. It does best in light shade in moist soil.
They are both enchanting Eliza. I never thought of using sorrel but it is very effective.
The little ornithogalum is pretty but very invasive in my garden. Still itis delightful for a vase.
Thank you, Chloris.
I agree about the ornithogalum – I dig it out constantly. It’s allowed in the lawn, however!
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That white tall bearded iris steals the show but love the soft lamb’s ears with it.
Thank you, Susie!
I wanted to say ‘cool’ to the first one…meaning lovely whites, but it also shows my age too, as cool meant great, SUPER etc…then I saw the second one….
😀 Same generation, ha! Although my teens went through a brief stage of saying ‘cool,’ it soon changed to ‘chill.’ (sigh)
My dad has iris in his garden solely to bring inside for vases – it’s a short period when they are out, but they are gorgeous for that short period!
Amen! Your dad is a smart guy. 🙂 How was the trip?
It was great – I’m almost caught back up (as always, I need a vacation from my vacation). I’m working on getting some posts scheduled into next week about the trip and other missed posts – hopefully this afternoon I’ll get the “back in business” post back up and get comments going again!
Wow, Eliza! You did an outstanding job with these arrangements! Just beautiful! I actually sent a bouquet of flowers from my gardens to my Mother who lives 750 miles away. I overnight shipped it and the flowers made it! As I was arranging them a great sense of Peace came over me and the thought … I’d really be good doing this for a living … came over me. I just LOVE flowers as I know you do too. Again, just beautiful arrangements! Hope you are well and rested!! 🥀
Thank you, Amy. Ready for the heat wave!
So am I, Eliza. I just have a spattering of watering to do and then I can relax. ☺️
I love both of these arrangements! The first is so elegant and while the red, green & white color combination reminds me of the holidays, it is great to see it another time of year. The second arrangement is happy and colorful.
Thank you, Denise. 🙂
What beautiful arrangements! I love wild flowers. ❤
Thank you, Judie!