IAVOM-White Iris

flower arrangementFor this week’s In A Vase on Monday arrangement, I’m using the last of my white Bearded Iris (I. germanica), which have been blooming abundantly for the last 10 days. The clump offered nearly four dozen blossoms, the best it has ever bloomed.

To fill my grandmother’s milk jug, I stuffed it with pink Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), dark and light pink Clove pinks (Dianthus caryophyllus), hot-pink Cranesbill (Geranium macrorrhizum), white Wood Anemone (A. canadensis), white Bridal Wreath (Spirea vanhouttei) and buds of chartruese Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis). I finished with the accent of a few grass seed heads.

Hop over to Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden site to see what other gardeners have made from their gardens this week.

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86 Responses to IAVOM-White Iris

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Lots of lovely flowers gathered here.

  2. Anne says:

    What a pretty arrangement of flowers.

  3. tonytomeo says:

    You know, I sort of feel guilty that my second favorite iris is white. Bearded iris provide such excellent colors that white almost seems to be a cop out. Yet, it is still my second favorite. My all time favorite is actually not a bearded iris, but is the Iris pallida from my great grandmother’s garden. It was my first iris, and is still my favorite.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Memories hold a spell over us and plants associated with our youth and loved ones especially so. I. pallida is a lovely and graceful plant.

      • tonytomeo says:

        A reader in Colorado offered to send me some white Iris pallida this summer! It sound great! My favorite iris combined with my favorite color! However, I know that my great grandmother’s will still be my favorite.

  4. Such a beautiful iris – does it have a scent?
    Your vase is so pretty.

  5. Beautiful contrasts and textures against the purity of those white irises. I always think of Van Gogh and blue iris, but these are lovely with the discreet pollination lines.

  6. That white iris is perfect!

  7. jenanita01 says:

    All white flowers are perfect, reminding us of heaven and angels in the special glow from their petals. We should all have at least one white flowering plant in our gardens…

  8. neihtn2012 says:

    What a beauty! I didn’t even know there is a white iris.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Hien! I think there just might be every color of the rainbow in all the many hybrids of German iris. It would be fun to plant a whole rainbow of them!

  9. I love your white iris Eliza! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a white iris before. Not particularly my favorite flower, but this one is stunning! It looks so lovely with the bleeding hearts, which I’m surprised are still blooming this late. You must have a profusion of things blooming when summer catches up with the spring blooms.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cindy. I do have many gardens spread over an acre or so and the different locations can bloom different times. Bleeding hearts in the sun will bloom ahead of the ones in shade, for example. These were the last of the sunny ones and I still have a couple weeks more for the shady ones. We’ve also been cooler this year which has delayed blooming times.

  10. Very pretty! Can I ask you a botanical question? I’ve been noticing bearded iris everywhere and wondering why I never planted any. Do the leaves dry back like tulips do? Or stay spiky (which I like) ? Also how do rabbits like them? They’ve cured me of trying to grow tulips. Thanks!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Ellen. Bearded iris are perennial with leaves staying through the summer. I find the tuberous roots like to sit just on top of the soil where their fibrous roots can dig down, but tubers stay dry. Rot and borers can be a problem, but a well-drained site in full sun is well rewarded. If you have acidic soil, an annual dressing of lime is needed. They can be divided in fall or just after blooming, when some gardeners cut them back to 6″ to allow fresh growth. Hope that helps!

  11. What a lovely bouquet and it is so good to see so many flowers blooming. Spring was so long in coming that at one point I thought we would get the flowers this year! (Suzanne)

  12. This is a lovely arrangement!

  13. Peter Herpst says:

    So light, fresh, and infused with green, late spring in a jug! Gorgeous!

  14. Catwoods says:

    Just beautiful!

  15. Chloris says:

    So pretty and I love your white iris.

  16. Kris P says:

    The arrangement makes a lovely statement, Eliza. The Iris blooms are perfect.

  17. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Beautiful as always

  18. smilecalm says:

    such a happy
    floral atmosphere 🙂

  19. Cathy says:

    So pretty! It is interesting to see that you have Bleeding Hearts, Alchemilla, Anemones and Geraniums all flowering together! My Alchemilla and Geraniums have only just started flowering and the Bleeding Hearts are long gone. Wood anemones flower only until early May here too. Lovely seeing them all in one vase! 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy! It has been a cool spring, so bloom times are off, but lasting longer (my last daffodils just finished!). Within my large yard of sun, part sun and shade, the times vary within the season. These bleeding hearts from the sunny bed are about done, but the shady ones will go a bit longer. It works nicely!

  20. pbmgarden says:

    Just couldn’t be prettier Eliza! That is an amazing number of blooms from the iris. Well done.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Susie. Now if I can only figure out how to make it happen every year! It may be a dressing of lime, or perhaps all the rain we had last year. Mysteries of nature.

  21. Bela Johnson says:

    Sometimes i miss those delicate New England flowers …

  22. That is so beautiful I’d be tempted to do a couple of things with it. I’d frame it for one so I could look at it and remember the history of the vase and the flowers of spring when the white stuff is flying. Then I’d print it on some fabric that goes through an inkjet printer and make some type of quilting project with it. Gorgeous, Eliza. 🙂

  23. ladyfi says:

    So very pretty!

  24. Noelle says:

    Love the shape and variety in your arrangement. There is movement with the leaves of the corydalis curving down to just highlight the understated pattern on your jug.

  25. Cathy says:

    I am not a fan of bearded iris, but quite like them if they are in a single colour, like your white ones – your 40 blooms must have been amazing! Isn’t it lovely to be able to fill our vases with such an abundant assortment of blooms after a lean off-season. Thanks for sharing yours today, Eliza

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Many thanks, Cathy. Some years can be a pleasant surprise. I can only conclude that the previous season provided perfect conditions for optimal production.

  26. spanishwoods says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  27. naturebackin says:

    A gorgeous combination and each flower exquisite, and the milk jug is appropriately charming.

  28. Love the selection of flowers and this one is a favorite!🙂 Wonderful Photos!🙂

  29. Kathy Sturr says:

    Spectacular! Love all your arrangements Eliza.

  30. Nice, Eliza. I love those Bleeding Hearts and Pinks, the jug is a perfect container. Cottage garden in a jug!

  31. Maria says:

    All beautiful Eliza!

  32. SunnyD says:

    I’ve learned a lot about flowers and more from your blog. Thanks for the sharing your garden and knowledge!🙂

  33. Beauties. Bleeding Hearts are one of my favorites. All the flowers that grow wild here on the mesa are big and bountiful this year after all the snow, wild iris, lupine, mule’s ears, paintbrush, orange mallow, yucca, cactus blooms and much more!

  34. dylan says:

    so pretty, love it. i didnt know you had that milk jug. pretty cool musta been from the early 1900s? show stacy your collection sometime she will flip.

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