Floral arrangementBurgundy rules this week’s arrangement with my first blossom of dark German iris (possibly I. ‘Frontier Marshall’), opening today. The original plant was a gift from a friend so ID is uncertain.

Oriental Columbine (Aquilegia oxysepala) reminds me of Chinese lanterns with creamy corollas and burgundy sepals. Acer japonica leaves add more burgundy.

The white blossoms of Geranium renardii, streaked with burgundy, are with us only a short while, but the heavily textured leaves add interest to the garden all season long. A few pale Bluestars (Amsonia tabernaemontana) were also added to the mix.

Tiny blooms of wild yellow buttercups (Ranunculus sp.), picked from the lawn, touch upon the yellow ‘lanterns.’  White Anemone canadensis have just started to bloom around the yard. They can be rather invasive, but all is forgiven when the field blooms en masse. Field grasses finish the wild look.

Check out what other gardeners are arranging this week at Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden site.


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87 Responses to IAVOM–Burgundy

  1. myplaidheart says:

    Very pretty. Have you found that your irises produce volunteers of lighter shades? We have seen that with some of our plants.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    All of my bearded iris have some sort of history. None were purchased. There is more variety now that I would have selected. Yet, there are a few that I really want, and a nice burgundy or rusty red happens to be one of them. I could go for either of these two colors, but will not simply purchase it. I must find it somewhere. (Only those that I want the ‘precise’ cultivar of, rather than just a color within a specific range, are those that I might purchase if I ever find them.)

  3. What lovely deep jewel colors! I’ve never seen Columbine in that color before, and it compliments the iris so well.

  4. Jewels says:

    Gorgeous as always!

  5. Anne says:

    What a beautiful iris. I have not seen one that colour before.

  6. Alice Pratt says:

    Such an interesting arrangement! The buttercups really add the perfect touch of color.

  7. jenanita01 says:

    Stunning display, Eliza. Even the aquilegia matches!

  8. Kris P says:

    What a wonderful match that Iris and Aguilegia make! I love that Geranium too.

  9. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful arrangement. That is a lovely, lovely iris. The other companion plants all work really well together.

  10. sandyjwhite says:

    Another winner, Eliza! Especially like the columbine!

  11. Cathy says:

    Those varying shades of green stand out against the burgundy so well – a really lovely combination, especially with the acer leaves. 🙂

  12. Cathy says:

    The iris and aquilegia make a wonderful starting point for your vase, and the leaves (acer?) pick this out to and provide a link to the other foliage – a lovely overall effect

  13. Jane Lurie says:

    Such beautiful, rich colors, Eliza. Agree about the Columbine looking like lanterns…they are exquisite. Gorgeous arrangement.

  14. arlingwoman says:

    A beautiful and flowing arrangement! I never think of burgundies for spring, but there they are. I have some burgundy and yellow irises along with my purple ones. It took a while for them to grow on me, but now I’m as excited about seeing them come out as the others.

  15. That’s one gorgeous Iris. I’ve never seen one that color. Beautiful arrangement. 🙂

  16. Love the burgundy! Good color combo.

  17. Vicki says:

    What a beautiful arrangement.

    The Oriental Columbine colour is extraordinary. I’ve seen various Columbine colours before but never the rich brown and yellow, usually only pastels and white.

  18. Just gorgeous Eliza! The colors are so unusual. Very exquisite.

  19. Karen Lang says:

    Very Creative Eliza 🙂

  20. Burgundy Is a favorite color of mine, especially in the garden. I love that you’ve got burgundy flowers tucked in here along with the dark foliage. Well done!

  21. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous rich colours Eliza. I love the iris and that pretty aquilegia is new to me.

  22. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Beautiful and absolutely stunningly colorful arrangement, Eliza. My Columbines are flowering right now as well. I don’t know about your gardens, but everything is late this year. Well done!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you very much, Amy. Yes, things here seem to be about a week or so behind. But who knows what is ‘normal’ anymore?

      • AmyRose🌹 says:

        I know, Eliza. We are much more behind here then just one week. Due to lack of sun I am not sure if my peony buds will open. And one of my Rose of Sharon trees died. Many roses are struggling and I’m not sure if they will make it either. It’s bizzare. I have no idea what is up or down anymore either. Seasons are no more. Just wet and dry.

      • AmyRose🌹 says:

        Eliza, I was wrong. We are not that far behind as I thought. What is confusing me is that our leaves on our trees are not fully formed yet. I just checked last year’s post and my Peonies are Lilacs are just about right on time. This Spring has been very confusing.

  23. Irene says:

    So pretty! ❤️

  24. Lovely burgundy colors, Eliza!

  25. What rich, striking colors!

  26. Christina says:

    Beautifully dark and moody vase from you this week Eliza, I love it.

  27. pastpeter says:

    Beautiful combination, Eliza!

  28. Love the burgundy and the splendid arrangement!🙂

  29. Lovely arrangement Eliza. I hadn’t seen columbines or irises in those deep shades before.

  30. Kathy Sturr says:

    In love with that columbine Eliza! I came back to a beautifully blooming one on the edge of my drive. What a welcome!

  31. Love the addition of the buttercups. The fields are overflowing with them round here. Its a beautiful sight.

  32. Love, love, love those rich colors, Eliza!

  33. Beautiful arrangement

  34. Indie says:

    Gorgeous! I’ve never seen Columbine that color before. The colors work perfectly!

  35. Saania2806 says:

    Beautiful 💕

  36. Maria says:

    Didn’t know there were so many Iris!

  37. You make so much beauty for the rest of us. You have such an artistic eye. Thank you.

  38. dylan says:

    super pretty, i love the burgundy and green. good contrasting colors pretty cool.

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