In A Vase On Monday – Bearded Iris

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 acetosellaand 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.

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88 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Bearded Iris

  1. 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 😊

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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?

  2. Christina says:

    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?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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!

  3. jenanita01 says:

    Fabulous iris! We are gradually introducing more and more white flowers into our garden, they bring such a translucent luminous quality against the green…

  4. Sue Vincent says:

    Beautiful. I love the simplicity of these arrangements… and have always loved irises 🙂

  5. Reblogged this on Purplerays and commented:
    My first love? Nature. I couldn’t live without my daily immersion, walking in the woods, visiting our waterfall or sitting by the river watching the birds going about their business. It is where I connect to the “peace which passes all understanding.” ~ Eliza Waters

  6. Jim R says:

    My iris are finished. I removed the chicken wire cage from them. The deer can eat them now. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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.

  7. Val Boyko says:

    What a great combination! I love the unexpected no the freshness of it. 💛

  8. Laurie Graves says:

    Two delightful arrangements. Oh, those irises!

  9. Kathy Sturr says:

    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.

  10. 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)

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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.

  11. Peter/Outlaw says:

    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.

  12. sb says:

    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!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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!

  13. Cathy says:

    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

  14. Kris P says:

    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.

  15. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    I am loving the way we are getting two for the price of one! Both beautiful. You have such a great eye for colour.

  16. AlisonC says:

    Oh, I love your cool arrangements. Wonderfully elegant. Silver is the perfect foil for white.

  17. Really tasty and I love the greys. Blue, white and yellow is a favorite color combination of mine – amazing you still have Narcissus!

  18. arlingwoman says:

    Some of my favorite flowers showing up here. I’m revisiting as your spring follows ours!

  19. Jane Lurie says:

    You are so knowledgable and talented, Eliza! Beautiful work.

  20. ladyfi says:

    A lovely arrangement!

  21. Cathy says:

    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.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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.

      • Cathy says:

        Thanks Eliza – the one I’m thinking of is Smyrnium perfoliatum. I’ll go away and google! Have a good week.

  22. Cathy says:

    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. 🙂

  23. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD says:

    I think bearded Iris are hard to use in a mixed bouquet and you have managed that feat nicely.

  24. Brenda says:

    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.

  25. Christy B says:

    Snowflake is a great name for it, Eliza 🙂 Your arrangement makes me smile

  26. Trail Walker says:

    A sweet and beautiful arrangement, Eliza.

  27. Cath says:

    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.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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.

  28. Chloris says:

    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.

  29. polly3yr says:

    Sent from Deb T


  30. pbmgarden says:

    That white tall bearded iris steals the show but love the soft lamb’s ears with it.

  31. Noelle says:

    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….

    • Eliza Waters says:

      😀 Same generation, ha! Although my teens went through a brief stage of saying ‘cool,’ it soon changed to ‘chill.’ (sigh)
      Thanks, Noelle!

  32. 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!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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!

  33. elizabeth ann johnson-murphree says:


  34. AmyRose🌹 says:

    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!! 🥀

  35. 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.

  36. Judie Sigdel says:

    What beautiful arrangements! I love wild flowers. ❤

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